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Sean has dedicated the past decade of his life teaching, researching and working with lonely individuals. As the owner of the Web of Loneliness, Sean has spread the message that “you are not alone in your loneliness” to over 320,000 visitors. A top recommended site for the topic of loneliness on search engines and PsychCentral.com, the Web of Loneliness contains information about the various aspects of loneliness. It also includes a considerable collection of loneliness artwork including pictures and a collection of over 180 poems submitted by visitors. The Web of Loneliness online support group that Sean moderates has over 865 members. He is currently expanding his outreach through the use of Twitter and Facebook to allow the lonely to connect and learn about the latest developments in relationship and loneliness research.
Sean is also an avid researcher in the area of loneliness and is particularly interested in effective strategies to help reduce chronic loneliness. His PhD dissertation focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating a loneliness intervention program for college students. Given the promising results, he hopes to further develop the program in the future. His research into loneliness has been published or presented at over a dozen professional conferences and journals, books, and in the media. His most recent research entailed developing a new scale of loneliness differentiating shy, introverted lonely individuals from those that are extroverted but are unable to deepen their relationships.
The Lonely Screams is Sean’s latest activity at reaching out to the lonely. As an extension to the Web of Loneliness, it contains 18 autobiographical stories of loneliness submitted by visitors to the website and also his insights into loneliness. Some of the proceeds of the book will go towards supporting the work of the Web of Loneliness. Sean envisions a world without the scourge of chronic loneliness and reversing the modern trend towards isolation and disconnection.