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Me, Myself, and I: Exploring the Psychology of Solitude

Instructor: Dr. Laura Ooi

Description: Humans spend time alone for many different reasons. In some cases, solitude is a welcome opportunity to be productive, creative, and to relax. However, sometimes solitude can evoke feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and sadness. In this course, we will explore some of the potential costs and benefits of solitude across the lifespan. We will draw upon a wide range of perspectives (e.g., evolutionary, social, developmental, personality, health, clinical) and contexts (e.g., school, online, across cultures, during a global pandemic) in order to critically evaluate the complex meaning and implications of spending time alone.


May 26 – June 30, 2021 (6 classes)
Wednesdays: 10:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Registration opens April 12, 2021 (8:30 am EST)

Topics in this course may include (but are not limited to):

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Carleton University
330 Paterson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6
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Phone: 613-520-2355