In the time of COVID, many have been thrust into experiencing unwanted solitude, or confined to home environments where, for various reasons, it is almost impossible to find a moment alone. Never has it been more important to consider the causes and consequences of solitude for our well-being and mental health. In this session, Professor Coplan explores the concept of solitude from a psychological perspective, with a particular focus on the ongoing debate of the costs and benefits of spending time alone.

About the Researcher: Robert Coplan is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. His general research interests are in the areas of children’s socio-emotional functioning and developmental psychopathology. He is particularly interested in the development of social withdrawal and social anxiety. His most recent research projects have focused on: (1) the costs and benefits of solitude in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood; (2) the challenges faced by shy and anxious children at school; and (3) the meaning and implications of social withdrawal across different cultures.

This session is part of the Healthy Workplace Mental Health Speaker Series 2020/2021. Find out more.