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4 mistakes to avoid when you're lonely

By Jelena Kecmanovic

05 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Loneliness can have serious health consequences. The Post looks at four common misconceptions that prevent us from building social ties - and suggests ways to overcome them.

I recently asked one of my patients if there was anyone he could call if he needed help, and he answered. "There's nobody."

His experience is not uncommon. As a clinical psychologist, I've noticed that we are becoming more and more isolated from one another.

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