Men’s Loneliness

Social Health

Alone

“At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.”Brendan Behan

For millennia, men have enjoyed a disproportionate amount of wealth and power. Although the gender gap is now narrowing, women still earn roughly 74 cents for every dollar men earn in Canada. Part of this gap may be due to discrimination, but another explanation is that women might be more likely to choose life-satisfaction over higher earnings. Although men have held political and economic superiority, their success has lead to suffering from higher levels of loneliness. In Lonely at the Top, Thomas Joiner looks at the high cost of men’s success, showing that men’s loneliness is caused by their privilege. He states:

Much attention is focused, rightly, on men’s disproportionate share of wealth and power; too little attention is spent on men’s disproportionate share of misery…

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