The Phenomenon of Loneliness and the Meta-Theory of Consciousness

  • Vladislav Borodulin
  • Alexei Vasiliev
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 60)


We shall not demonstrate here a fact already demonstrated in piles of special investigations and the pages of fiction, the fact that old people do suffer from loneliness. It is perhaps even possible to use the term diagnostically. However, to treat loneliness therapeutically is to fail in a great number of cases, no matter how much warmth and love we give to our patients. In the rare cases of success we have to admit we have been dealing not with the loneliness itself, but with a clinical entity of a somewhat different kind that we are a bit more accustomed to cope with. When Erich Lindemann,1 for instance, discusses the treatment of acute grief syndrome, he doesn’t deal with loneliness even though his patients have just lost their intimates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladislav Borodulin
    • 1
  • Alexei Vasiliev
    • 1
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Problems of ConsciousnessCONLABUSA

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