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Talking about Loneliness

The famous psychologist, Elaine Campbell, is being interviewed for a magazine. The topic is ‘loneliness’…

Interviewer: Elaine, do you think that people of the twenty first century are becoming more and more lonely?

Elaine: Unfortunately, yes. You are completely right. Although there have been huge innovations in technology, people are still lonely. People are spending a lot more time on their computers and smart phones.

Interviewer: Does this mean that people are losing their ability to socialise?

Elaine: As humans, we are naturally social beings. We rely on interactions and co-operation with others to survive. However, the fact is, you can’t always be around people. There are times when you need to sit by yourself and reflect on your life or just enjoy your time alone.

Interviewer: So, you mean that it’s good for people to be alone sometimes?

Elaine: Yes. Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be lonely. Being alone gives you the chance to discover yourself; It allows you to learn things about yourself and get to know yourself better.

Interviewer: The main point here is not to be lonely and to balance the amount of time we spend with others and ourselves.

Elaine: We shouldn’t forget that sometimes, you just need a break in a peaceful place where you can relax. This is not a problematic issue unless it lasts for a very long period or is a continuing situation.

Interviewer: Thank you, Elaine. I think we all need to make sure we are spending enough time socialising with others. We could all benefit from spending some more quality time alone to relax and reflect too!

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Talking about Loneliness


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To let down someone

To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.

She promised that she would be there but she let me down.

To break down

1.  To become very upset.

2.  When something stops working

1.  She broke down when she opened her results.

2.  The lift broke down.

To bring somebody/something down

1.  To make someone lose their powerful position.

2. To make something end.

1.  He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.

2.  The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.

To bottle something up

To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.

After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.

To get something across

To make someone believe or understand something

He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.

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