I’m Embracing the Solo Movement and All It Has to Offer

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There are lots of factors why I in no way got married—one of them, of course, my mental illness, but yet another 1 getting merely that I favor living alone. Being alone is not necessarily the very same as getting lonely. I really like possessing my personal space and not possessing to share it with any person else but my rescue dog, Shelby. I relish my routine of waking up in the early morning hours to create, going to bed early if I’m so inclined, skipping vacuuming the carpet for a week due to the fact I’m feeling lazy and all the other perks of not possessing to answer to a companion,

I have close family—it’s just me and my brother as our parents are each gone. He is the absolute ideal brother a sister could have—unconditionally supportive emotionally and in any other way I will need it. He in no way wavered even when I was at my sickest.

I have groups of close buddies from distinctive interests in my life—writing, entrepreneurship, former jobs—to whom I speak to frequently and see periodically (hopefully more usually after the pandemic makes it possible for us to). These friendships assistance me thrive and preserve me going due to the fact I can speak to my buddies about something, and I like to feel they really feel they really feel the very same way about me.

One study compared 10,000 females in their 70s and located that these who in no way married had been physically healthier, much less stressed, and more optimistic than these who’d decided to get hitched. I’m nevertheless ten years quick of seventy, but this is superior to know.

Social psychologist Bella DePaulo, who has been single all her life, writes “Research comparing people who have stayed single with those who have stayed married shows that single people have a heightened sense of self-determination and they are more likely to experience a sense of continued growth and development as a person.”

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Peter McGraw, a 51-year-old behavioral economist has began an on-line neighborhood recognized as the “solo” movement” that celebrates single life and rewrites the misconception that “singles are sad and lonely.” In the United States of America, nearly 50 percent of adults (which is well over 125 million people) are single. The solo movement aims to enforce the notion that people can find happiness and fulfillment outside of marriage. McGraw makes the point that there’s a very big difference between being single and being “solo.” He also notes that the “solo” movement is not anti-marriage.

Part of the purpose why I stay single is that I really feel I’m as well set in my techniques to share my life intimately with somebody. The concept itself is terrifying to me. The believed of opening myself up to somebody completely, creating myself vulnerable, and taking that threat in a way I do not have to with buddies sends me into a state of panic. Although I look at myself recovered from BPD (borderline character disorder), 1 of the criteria is worry of abandonment and rejection, and to purposely place myself in a predicament exactly where I threat rejection feels like I’d be setting myself for a fall. Even even though at this point in my life, I’ve constructed a considerably thicker skin than I had twenty years ago, the believed of getting outright rejected by yet another human getting who I’ve acknowledged I care about feels like an anathema.

I’ve constructed a wonderful life for myself with my work as a psychiatric social worker, a writer, and an entrepreneur with my venture BWellBStrong. I have my brother and my niece, a bunch of wonderful buddies, and my rescue dog, Shelby. I’ve lived in my apartment for twenty-six years and it is a good constructing with a lot of amenities and I’m incredibly comfy right here.

I’m launching headfirst into the solo movement. Count me in as a charter member.

 © Andrea Rosenhaft

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Originally published in www.psychologytoday.com