Virginia Thomas Ph.D.

Virginia Thomas, Ph.D., is a psychologist whose research examines solitude and its relationship to identity, personality, and well-being. She earned her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Wilmington College.

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Solitude in a Social World

This blog explores the benefits and challenges of being alone in our hyper-connected, busy lives. We, humans, are social creatures, but the world of solitude is also part of our psychological make-up. In this blog, I examine what psychological science tells us about solitude’s role in our development, from adolescence to adulthood, and how it relates to well-being and identity. Along the way, I offer insights and reflections on our varied and complex relationship with being alone and introduce practical skills for cultivating solitude in our daily lives.

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