Ensom i en social verden

Bodil Pugholm Andersen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Loneliness among young people is a growing problem in the Danish society today. Not only is loneliness an un-pleasant feeling, in the long term it can also cause severe consequences for the individual. This thesis studies loneliness among young Danish people. It is based on qualitative interviews with seven young people at the age of 19 to 27 years old. These seven people constitute the empirical foundation. A qualitative analysis, parted in three, is being thoroughly examined on the basis of social psychology. The first part points out how the interviewees describe loneliness and how they tackle it. The second part investigates how loneliness in the youth can be seen as a consequence of tendencies in the postmodern society. Finally, the third part analyzes the importance of meeting other young people who also have experiences with loneliness. To make this assessment I apply critical theory from Axel Honneth and social psychology from George Herbert Mead. Furthermore the theoretical frame is being supplemented with modernity theorists as Lars Dencik, Rasmus Willig og Carsen René Jørgensen. One of the conclusions is that the individual has a need for recognition to achieve a positive sense of the self and creation of identity. Loneliness can therefore be considered a consequence of lack of recognition. Another conclusion is that it is of great importance to the interviewees to meet other young people with whom they share the feelings of loneliness. Finally, a third conclusion is that the individualistic tendencies in the western world today, lead to the assumption that loneliness is a taboo which is often considered an individual concern. Keywords Loneliness, recognition, identity, youth, social relations, postmodern tendencies, social psychology and individu-alism.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 feb. 2012
VejledereRashmi Singla


  • Ensomhed
  • Anerkendelse
  • Socialpsykologi
  • Postmoderne tendenser
  • Identitet
  • Ungdom