Afraid of being alone? You are not alone.

Being told repeatedly “you are not alone” may not be all that reassuring. What may be intended to validate your experience, or at least spark your curiosity, also potentially strips your story of its particularity.

When “you are not alone” you no longer are unique — you fit into a pattern. You’re a statistic. A data point, frozen in an icy lake along with all the other data points.

A reminder that you are, when all is said and done, very much alone.

Of course, that’s not exactly what is happening here ->

Instead, consider being told you’re “not alone” a journalistic device — a shortcut for turning the specific into the universal — drawing you in, making a subject “relatable.”

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