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The souls who crave solitude - why some people find bliss in spending time alone

Is a table for one your idea of an awkward evening alone or a blissful excuse to spend time with your thoughts? Here, Alex Meehan talks to a selection of people who love to be by themselves, and finds out that you don't have to be an introvert to prefer your own company…

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'For many people, time spent alone is essential to their mental well-being'

'For many people, time spent alone is essential to their mental well-being'

Colin Harmon relaxing at Gertrude Cafe in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Colin Harmon relaxing at Gertrude Cafe in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

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'For many people, time spent alone is essential to their mental well-being'

How do you feel about being on your own - does the thought of a night in alone fill you with dread or joy?

What about being stranded on a desert island - would you be lonely or would you relish the time to yourself? Are you the kind of person who goes to the cinema on their own, enjoys eating dinner alone or even holidays solo?

For many people, time spent alone is essential to their mental well-being, while others regard it as a strange quirk of personality. Some people, typical extroverts, even have a word for people who don't seek out the company of others - loners.


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