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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A loner is a label for a person who shuns, or is isolated from (or is deemed to be isolated from) human interaction. A loner is someone who isn't chronically around other people, voluntarily or involuntarily.

There are many reasons for solitude, intentional or otherwise. Various mental illnesses and social difficulties can be linked to reclusiveness, however no specific cause is implied by the term loner. The term loner is usually used with a negative connotation in the belief that humans are social creatures and those that do not participate are different, and the label has often been applied pejoratively by the media to individuals. In some cases there is a certain romanticism in the idea of the Loner, or "Lone Wolf" (see The Lone Ranger) and the concept of a lonely hero is a recurring theme in stories.

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