How Elsa Should Have Turned Out: Surprisingly enough, social isolation during childhood doesn’t usually lead to a mature and well-adjusted adulthood. To see a terrifying real-world example of what isolation does to kids, take a look at the story of Genie Wiley, who was abused and sequestered in a room for more than a decade. Her horror-story treatment resulted in, among other things, physical abnormalities (at age 14, she was the size of an eight-year-old) and the inability to speak or interact in any sort of social situation. Genie was 13 when she was found, and she never recovered from her trauma.

Although we don’t see any examples of physical abuse in the movie beyond the solitary confinement, this treatment in and of itself most likely would have resulted in extreme mental and emotional disconnect, speech problems, physical disorders … think Tom Hanks from Cast Away, especially with the added guilt and shame of near-sororicide. Being without human contact until the age of 21, she should have been making grunting noises and building human-shaped statues out of her own poop.

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“Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

- Charles Bukowski / Factotum

This is your daily reminder that if someone tells you “I’m the only one you can trust” or “my group of friends are the only ones you can trust” they are attempting to isolate you and this is a red flag for abuse.

Rikers’ Solitary Confinement Killed Kalief Browder, But Others Can Be Saved

Browder spent years in jail awaiting trial, a challenge particularly familiar to arrested low-income Bronxites. And during those years he spent hundreds of days in solitary confinement. But whether outside or within solitary Browder was frequently the victim of abuse at the hands of inmates and guards alike.

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“I know,” she told him gently. “I know you do, and I love you-”

“Then don’t go-

“Draco, please.” She dropped her forehead against his and felt his brow wrinkle against hers. “Enough now.”

He shook his head vehemently. “Why you?”

She sighed and pushed her fingers into his hair, stroking the too-blond strands of his fringe away from his face. “Do you ever think about a future for us?” she asked. “I do, and I don’t want us to have to hide. To run.”

“I would rather run with you than walk alone,” he said.



Isolation- Afghanistan by Martin Middlebrook

“I lived and worked as a freelance photojournalist in Afghanistan for a year, creating a series of portfolios that attempted to represent the true human condition of a population subjected to 30 years of conflict and agitation. The images presented here, ‘Isolation’, are just one of many portfolios I created during that time.”