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Jakarta Post

Dealing with sense of rejection, loneliness amid social restrictions

  • Sebastian Partogi

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 28 2020   /  01:00 am
Where is everyone?: Prolonged self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic can exacerbate feelings of rejection and loneliness, especially when your close friends have ceased to contact you anymore. To remedy the sense of rejection and loneliness, try conducting activities outside your home where you can greet strangers and reach out to your friends more proactively.(Shutterstock/Anna Lurye)

Irena (not her real name), a 34-year-old education activist in Jakarta, has never felt this dejected and lonely her whole life. “During the pandemic, my activist friends have become even more ambitious because they believe that this crisis could be a pretty great opportunity to leverage our movement, since the online learning system has brought so many problems,” she said. “So my friends have been so lost in their attempts to find donors and secure new partnerships with various stakeholders. Their unlikely success in securing funds during our troubled economy amid COVID-19 has become similar to drug [use], causing them to be addicted to [their pursuits]. As a result, they’ve become more pragmatically ambitious than ever.” As a result, Irena’s relationships with her friends have been transformed into pure business – no more inquiries abou...