Why do people feel alone or even get lonely.. even those of us with disorders that make us shun human contact experience this. I could sit alone for days, weeks, months, ignore knocks on my door, not answer the phone, turn away anyone that is persistent enough to keep trying, or used to anyway.. bit hard to evade others when you live in their backyard. Yet I never felt truly lonley till after my cat died, it was then i realised what loneliness is, know its a permanent part of me. So all those years I deluded myself into thinking I was somehow different, invulnerable to true loneliness, yet I wasn't, just a freak who preferred the company of an animal. Used to think loneliness was some sort of myth, now I know its not and I kinda wonder why do we feel alone, even after others have hurt us or ridiculed us we still seek out some sort of companionship.