So, do you believe someone can feel lonely if they don't know what loneliness is?

Don't you think people don't like / like loneliness based on experience (someone who never gets to be alone usually somewhat likes being alone and vice versa)? Does that mean that if there was a world with absolutely no privacy and being alone was rare, loneliness would be correlated to a pleasant feeling or emotion?

Could this be a possible way to leverage ignorance to ones own benefit?

  • There are too many questions here. But one or two might be answered by familiarity with alexithymia, or "a personality trait characterized by the subclinical inability to identify and describe emotions experienced by oneself.[1][2][3]".
    – Michael
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 2:27

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Just because you don't know what gravity is doesn't mean you can't experience it. So yes, people can definitely feel a feeling even if they haven't conceptualized it yet.


You can imagine feeling something you have not experienced. For example, a person who has never been alone might read a book about someone being alone and imagine what it feels like. He might get some inclination about what it feels like, but without physically experiencing it, it would only be a guess. How you feel in a situation also depends on your history. For example, if you mentally prepared yourself to be alone for a day, it might not feel that bad. Feelings are ultimately in our head, but I would argue that an actual experience is fundamentally different from our imagination.

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