What Is Transient Loneliness And Why Does It Occur?
Even when this change is a good thing overall — such as accepting a job promotion — a person may contend with feelings of transient loneliness as they adapt to their new circumstances.
Transient loneliness can come about during any change a person considers to be a significant upheaval, including:
- New employment or a new job role at a current place of employment
- Becoming a parent
- Separation from family or friends
- Recent break-up or separation
- Graduating from high school or college
- Temporary physical limitations due to health-related issues
- Sudden development of a disability or illness
- Sudden physical or social distancing, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Any other change a person finds to be a significant disruption to their typical routine, including interpersonal conflicts
Transient loneliness is usually temporary, manifesting when one is unable to receive their desired amount of social connection with others over a brief period of time.
As a person adapts to change, transient loneliness can motivate them to re-establish existing bonds with others or to create new social connections.
This type of loneliness may be a good thing, serving as a catalyst for personal growth and acceptance of the change.
Transient loneliness generally subsides with time as a person acclimates to the changes they’ve undergone or are experiencing.
However, when feelings of loneliness do not abate or worsen over time a person may develop chronic loneliness. This type of loneliness is marked by a long-term inability to make connections with other people and feelings of isolation.
For this reason, transient loneliness can become problematic if it develops into chronic or long-term loneliness, although both transient and chronic loneliness can have negative impacts on health.
If you are struggling with loneliness right now, there are resources to find help.