Being alone means there’s no one in your immediate vicinity. Lonely is a state of mind that has nothing to do with anyone being in your close proximity or not. Powerful and secure folks enjoy their alone time – they’re their own best friend and have a lot of self-love. They use this time to recharge and re-center. Lonely people typically have a low sense of self-esteem and are approval seekers. They feed off the attention and approval of others.