It very common that people tend to confuse ALONE to being LONELY. Take note there is a tremendous difference between the two.
The term “loner” can be used with a negative connotation in the belief that humans are social beings, so those that don’t participate are deviant. Being a loner is sometimes described culturally as a positive personality trait, as characteristic of being confident, independent, and responsible.
Introverts don’t need people for stimulation and perceived as shy loners, but that is not always the case. A loner can be an introvert, but an introvert is not necessarily a loner.
The psychologist at Wellesley College stated that loners tend to make conscious decisions about spending time alone. They never feel lonely about spending time alone; in fact, they relish it.
Loners are in tune with finer details and their environment.
Loners make loyal friends, as generally only have a small, close-knit group of friends.
Loners don’t need to impress anyone. Therefore, they are under less peer pressure.
A psychologist John Cacioppo, at the University of Chicago said that “loneliness is like hunger and thirst – a signal to help your genes survive.”
Loners tend to be loyal. They don’t like to be in the spotlight. When they do something, they put their all into it, but only if it feels right to them.
They are honest, respectful, and considerate to you and themselves, and in control of their emotions.
You won’t find a loner wasting your time, as they are punctual and precise. A promise made is a promise kept.
Loners are all for kindness and compassion. They are empathic and believe that caring and spreading love is a must to survive. Unfortunately, they feel everyone’s anxiety, depression, and sadness, which could be a curse.
Loners don’t rely on anyone to fight their battles and struggles as they rely on their own emotional strength.
Don’t think for one minute that loners have a closed mind. In fact, loners love new adventures, yet it must be preplanned, so there is no failure, and everything should go accordingly.
Loners tend to turn a negative situation into a positive one, therefore seeing the good in all of their failures.
Being too much of a loner;
Too much of a loner is when they shut themselves off due to anxiety. Some get butterflies around people as they had had horrible experiences when they were younger, or they are just pathologically shy.
If your friend suddenly becomes a loner, there is probably an underlying issue that could be cause for concern.