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HUMAN ISOLATION

A state of isolation or seclusion represents a lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, or circumstances of employment or situation. Isolation is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy. Many religions promote solitude for meditation. A distinction can be made between physical and mental isolation. People may seek physical isolation to remove distractions and make it easier to concentrate, reflect, or meditate. However, this is not necessarily an end in and of itself. Once a certain capacity to resist distractions is achieved, people become less sensitive to distractions and more capable of maintaining mindfulness and staying inwardly absorbed and concentrated. Such people, unless on a mission of helping others, don't seek any interaction with the external physical world. Their mindfulness is their world, at least ostensibly. Another distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness, in this sense solitude is positive. Symptoms from complete isolation, called sensory deprivation, often include anxiety, sensory illusions, or even distortions of time and perception. However, this is the case when there is no stimulation of the sensory systems at all, and not only lack of contact with people. Still, long-term solitude is often seen as undesirable, causing loneliness or reclusion resulting from inability to establish relationships. Furthermore, it might even lead to clinical depression. However, for some people, solitude is not depressing. Still others regard long-term solitude as a means of spiritual enlightenment. Enforced loneliness has been a punishment method throughout history. It is often considered a form of torture. In contrast, some psychological
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conditions - such as schizophrenia -, are strongly linked to a tendency to seek solitude. Here are two different common types of human isolation. These are known as protective isolation and source isolation. They are different in that one is voluntary, while the other is not. Protective isolation is the type of isolation created in tests. This can usually be classified by the fact that one can opt out of the experiment, or the isolation. It can often be prepared for, and is generally not a negative thing. Emotional isolation is a term used to describe a state of isolation where the individual is emotionally isolated, but may have a well functioning social network. Solitude is different from loneliness because it comes in picture because of internal effect and desire. Saints who prefer silence, find immense pleasure in their uniformity with cosmos even in single room. The context of solitude is attainment of pleasure from within, than seeking it outside or in crowd. Isolation, in the form of solitary confinement is a punishment used in many countries throughout the world for prisoners accused of serious crimes, those who may be at risk in the prison population, those who may commit suicide and those unable to participate in the prison population due to sickness or injury. In addition, psychiatric institutions may also institute full isolation or partial isolation for certain patients, particularly the violent or subversive, in order to minister to their particular needs and protect the rest of the recovering population from their influence. In conclusion isolation as a word carries different meaning though which lies in its beauty.