Thu, 03 May 2012 09:16:09 GMT | By Dr Pam Spurr, contributor (MSN Her)

Beat the loneliness trap

MSN's behaviour expert Dr. Pam Spurr explores this issue many women keep secret.

Beat the loneliness trap (© Getty)

I hear from a surprising number of women in their 20s and 30s who feel lonely. Yes, that's right - they're not having a crazy social whirl, they feel disconnected from old friends, and they hide their crushing loneliness from family and colleagues.

Does this sound like you? If so, use these seven steps to banish loneliness.