Psychology of LonelinessSemester Course

Psychology of Loneliness, elective course at DIS Stockholm
Major Discipline(s)
Human Development, Psychology, Sociology
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

What is loneliness and what causes it? Is it the nature of our human condition? Is it a feeling or a thought? Does age, personality, or social contact matter? Topics to be considered are the causes and consequences of loneliness from a psychological perspective and the impact of modern society; sources of resilience and vulnerabilities; implications of loneliness vs. aloneness or solitude; and interventions for alleviating loneliness. Cultural implications and the Scandinavian perspective are also explored.


Barbara Gamper

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.Sc. in Psychology, (University of Stockholm, 1988 - 1993). Specialist training in Organizational Psychology and Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma therapy. The first part of her career has been in clinical work, mainly in the public sector. Among other things she has worked with adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses in residential care and multi-problematic families. The last ten years she has worked as an organizational consultant, first in an international consultancy company, where she became Head of Consultants and member of the executive management team. In addition she has worked with personality assessments and management team development internationally, in the Nordics, Russia, Ukraine and the US. Since 2011 she has been self-employed as a clinical and organizational consultant. With DIS since 2016.