Why Long-Term Solitary Confinement is Torture.

Imagine being locked away for 20 years without anything to do or anyone to speak to.  Imagine how tedious or boring it would become, having nothing to do.

Would it be enough to spur on insanity?

It would only take one week (maybe less) in solitary confinement to drive me insane.

Social Interaction

It’s obvious that humans have a need for social interaction (If we didn’t, would Facebook and Twitter have been so successful?).  The human brain needs social interaction and craves it.  For example, in the play written by Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus is accompanied by his daughter Antigone.  If Oedipus did not have anyone to socially interact with, he wouldn’t be the intelligent figure shown in the play.

Solitary confinement sets up a scenario where no social interaction is present.  The brain is never stimulated and begins to deteriorate. The brain relies on social interaction to function.

An interesting article concerning Solitary Confinement: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/03/30/090330fa_fact_gawande

How social interaction helps your health: http://www.traumaregister.co.uk/Articles/Human_Health_Contact.htm


Posted on October 15, 2013, in RE:Framed and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Very interesting, I remember I read a book in middle school called Hatchet, and the main character Brian Robenson nearly went insane after weeks of being alone. Now this makes sense when I think about it also in Oedipus Stories.

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