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The present study sought to explore the nature of loneliness and distinguish differences between lonely and nonlonely individuals with respect to attachment styles and various goals and rules in five separate social situations. The validity of one loneliness measure is questioned, and the subscale of another loneliness measure that was intended for use with adults was found to have possible applications with a younger population. A total of 114 subjects (75 males and 39 females) completed six questionnaires: three loneliness, two attachment, and one goals and rules in social situations which was developed by the author. Results indicated that lonely and nonlonely subjects rate the importance of goals and rules in social situations differently and that attachment style has an influence on reported loneliness. Implications for future research are discussed.