Is loneliness universal?
~ Just in case, let me immediately note the difference between being alone and feeling lonely ~
Is loneliness universal but more specifically a burden for Ns (as in introspection) who are more sensitive and attune to the feeling?
I was originally surprised when close ENXX friends (an ENFP and an ENTP) talked about feeling unbearably lonely. They are nearly at all times surrounded by a large circle of friends and cohorts, yet despite this presence, they are not protected from a nagging pang of loneliness.
The INFPs I have encountered consistently recount that loneliness is their chief wound. So much so, that some consider "a deep well of loneliness" to be the most preponderant aspect of their lives. INTPs too seem to invariably report being lonely even when "happily" married/mated or when having trusted confidants.
Would you agree that everybody feels it, but that introspection makes it stronger and that the less introspective (S types) perhaps intermix being socially/physically alone (no mate, little contact with family or friends) with feeling lonely?
I am curious to know if there is anybody on this forum who does not oft feel the weight of loneliness, especially if predisposed by introspectiveness (N).
(to mods: feel free to move the thread)