Solitary Personality Type
Main Interests of the Solitary Personality Type
Characteristic Traits and Behaviors
Interests by Domain
Synonyms: "alone, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, lorn, desolate" (MW, 755)
"Alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, lorn, forlorn, desolate may all refer to situations of being apart from others or emotions experienced while apart. Alone stresses the fact of physical isolation and also may connote feelings of isolation from others ... Solitary may indicate a state of being apart that is desired and sought for ... It often connotes sadness at the loss or lack of usual or close connections or consciousness of isolation or remoteness ... Lonely may simply indicate the fact of being alone but more often suggests isolation accompanied by a longing for company ... Lonesome, often more poignant, suggests sadness after a separation or bereavement ... Lone especially in poetical use may replace either lonely or lonesome ... Lorn suggests recent separation or bereavement ... Forlorn indicates dejection , woe, and listlessness at separation from someone dear ... Desolate is most extreme in suggesting inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement ...
"Solitary, lonely, lonesome, desolate are applied to places and locations more than the other words discriminated above. Solitary may be applied to something that is either apart from things similar or that is uninhabited or unvisited by human beings ... Lonely may be applied to what is either far apart from things similar and seldom visited or to what is inhabited by only one person or group and conducive to loneliness ... Lonesome has much the same suggestion ... Desolate indicates either that a place is abandoned by people or that it is as barren and wild as never to have attracted them ... " (36-37)
Analogous: "isolated, secluded, retired, withdrawn: forsaken, deserted, abandoned" (755)
Synonyms: "single, sole, unique, lone, separate, particular" (MW, 755)
""Single, sole, unique, lone, solitary, separate, particular can all mean one as distinguished from two or more or all others. Something single is not accompanied or supported by, or combined or united with, another ... Something sole is the only one that exists, that acts, that has power or relevance, or that is to be or should be considered ... Something unique ... may be the only one of its kind in existence ... or it may stand alone because of its unusual character ... Something lone ... is not only single but also separated or isolated from others of its kind; the word often replaces single in technical or poetic context ... Something solitary ... stands by itself, either as the sole instance or as a unique thing ... Something separate is not only single, but disconnected from or unconnected with any of the others in question ... Something particular ... is the single or numerically distinct instance, member, or example or the whole or the class considered or under consideration ... " (740-41)
Analogous: "alone, only" (755)
Merriam-Webster (1984). Webster's New Dictionary of Synonyms: A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.
Noteworthy Examples of the Solitary personality type
Isaac Asimov, Jacob Bronowski | Charles Darwin | Bobby Fischer | Sigmund Freud | Bill Gates | Stephen Hawking | Alfred Hitchcock | Theodore Kaczynski | Doris Lessing | James Madison | Karl Marx | Claudio Naranjo | Isaac Newton | Cynthia Ozick | Ezra Pound | B. F. Skinner | James Watson | Simone Weil
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