What is Social Isolation/Alienation Schema?


What is Social Isolation

Social isolation is a growing problem today. It’s been linked to more than just being alone, though—it can lead to serious health problems like depression and anxiety, in addition to the physical effects of not getting enough social interaction. But what exactly does it mean? Let’s talk about that!

What is Social Isolation?

Social isolation is a state of absolute or near-complete loss of interaction between the person and the community. It differs from isolation, representing a transient and unintentional lack of contact with other human beings in the universe.

Social alienation (a psychological state) and social exclusion (referring to a structural problem in society) can lead to loneliness, boredom, and even depression. Some people may experience all these emotions when they don’t have meaningful relationships in their lives; they suffer from an empty emotional life that doesn’t add up because it has no value, so it leads them down a path of unhappiness.

The feelings people get when they’re lonely are typically different than when they’re depressed or anxious – loneliness might be what happens when you feel like no one understands you or wants to be around you no matter how hard you try and change.

Alienation has similar features, both in temporary situations and with those with a historic life-long isolation period. All forms of social isolation may include remaining at home for long stretches of time, having no connection with relatives, friends, and willingly avoiding any interaction with other people when those conditions occur.

Even if you can’t fully explain why you think you’re different from other people. You cannot perceive yourself as part of a group or belonging to a group. When it comes to groups, you may feel isolated or left out. In communities with more than two people, you may feel uncomfortable. The social isolation scheme, along with the flawed scheme, can be one of your social phobia’s basic psychological dynamics.

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Characteristic Social Isolation Behaviors

  • It can create situations that make you feel different in the social isolation scheme and can be found in many different or outside environments. You may make an excessive effort to avoid these feelings, or you may endeavor to keep those feelings away from yourself. Although these pathways may seem very different, they have a common denominator to strengthen your most isolated, external perception.
  • If you have a social isolation scheme, you may try to be in environments where you will feel different or lower than those around you (if you are poor you can hang out in very rich neighborhoods, you may be in different ethnic groups, etc.).
  • Exaggerating the differences in your relationships with those around you and underestimate the similarities. You may feel lonely even though you’re not.
  • You may stay away from your co-workers. You’re mostly staying on your own. You have difficulty in getting promotions because you cannot adapt to projects that require group work.
  • You’re nervous and shy in a group. You can’t relax and be yourself. You’re afraid of doing or saying something wrong. You feel uncomfortable talking to strangers and also you think you don’t have anything special to offer other people.
  • You might avoid joining social groups or being part of society. You only spend time with your immediate family or friends.
  • Feeling ashamed when people meet your family or know a lot about them. You keep information about your family from other people.
  • You cannot accept certain aspects of your nature at all because you believe that others would think bad about you (shy, intellectual, emotional, feminine, weak, dependent, etc.)
  • Having this scheme does not prevent you from having very close friends though. However, it may be difficult for you to be in a group with them.
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What is the Origin of Your Social Isolation Scheme?


Peers and their lives play an important role in the formation of this scheme. You can feel like the difference (weight, height, appearance, intelligence, neighborhood, etc.) between you and your peers (at school or in your environment) might cause them to hurt you, mock you. This situation can be effective in the formation of the schema. It may also be important that you perceive your own family as different from your peers’ family (poor, uneducated, etc.). However, the fact that your parents have this scheme is also an important factor in isolating yourself from society.

The Effect of Social Isolation Scheme on Your Relationship

This schema is related to your relationship with communities, so it is secondary to your relationships. You can cThis schema is related to your relationship with communities, so it is secondary to your relationships. You can choose a partner from a group far out of the social group to which you belong.

Very social people may appeal to you; however, you may experience problems because you will be uncomfortable with the amount of socialization over time. You may not want to go to the communities your partner wants to go to and you might argue. In order to increase your acceptance by the community, you can choose extremely beautiful, handsome, respectable spouses or try to be liked and chosen by them.

Therapy Objectives in Social Isolation Scheme


The main goal of schema therapy is to help you feel less different from other people. Even if you are not part of the general structure, we have a lot in common with other people. In the most general sense, we have the same needs, feelings, and so on. We’re all human after all. There may be environments where you will definitely not be accepted; however, the aim is to find and accept the environments in which you will be accepted. To prevent your efforts to stay away from groups and people, to get rid of your loneliness should be among our main goals.

Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by William Lindberg

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  1. 8 months ago

    Whoever wrote this needs to learn to edit, very poor grammar. “A difference by your peers… to hurt you stressed”… “mocked with you”… you should be embarrassed to present such sloppy writing on such a serious topic.

    • 7 months ago

      We are deeply sorry for the incorrect grammar in such serious topic. Working on editing and updating our content. Thank you for your attention.

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