2 definitions by Nomadic Heretic

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A person who chooses to ignore the commonly held belief that humans are by nature social and therefore need constant interaction with others to lead an enjoyable life.
Usually this person enjoys a plethora of solo social activities (internet, books, gaming, science/math related hobbies) and can comfortably attend social events and activities alone.
Loners can interact socially and in some cases are well received by others; yet still look forward to their alone time.

A person whose mindset is different(in many cases exactly in opposition to) than most of the people they interact with regarding politics, social issues, economic issues, and life in general.
Loners in many cases would rather speak about issues that affect everyone rather than what this celebrity did on that day.
Loners also have a live and let live attitude.

In friendships and relationships loners are usually fiercely loyal and honest and can even be quite romantic; but their nontraditional style in many cases may leave their mates and friends in wonderment.
If a loner finds a similar soul, they will usually bond with that person well because there is no strong social obligation/demand as there may be with non loners.

Loners, if they do follow any traditions, usually do so in their own unique fashion which comes from self analysis rather than strictly following someone elses interpretation. Loners are close cousins to mavericks and pioneers. And some of them even become innovators and thinkers who solve certain problems in unexpected ways.

Loners are not to be confused with the lonely. Lonely people prefer being social, but for internal and/or external reasons have problems doing so.
Lonely people are the ones who suffer from depression and related disorders more than what is said to be normal because their need for human contact is not being fulfilled to their preference.

Being a loner is an active choice.
Being lonely is a collection of negative circumstances that limit choice.
The legendary Musashi was loner swordsman who, even though he trained under others, developed his best skills and even a strategic manual alone.

The person who I consider one of the dearest people I know(even more so than most of my blood relatives) is a loner.

She is smart. witty, intelligent, intuitive, deep, honest, caring, strong, assertive, free thinking, loyal

as well as physically attractive(in a general sense because I see her as mom).
She is teaching me ways to acquire my freedom and sovereignty more than just in my mind and habits.
by Nomadic Heretic August 31, 2009

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Technically speaking a Non-Conformist chooses their path for reasons outside of some commonly observed trends, traditions, and beliefs.
Non-Conformists do not need validation from others and have a strong inner guide.
Choices may be made which mirror the common consensus, but the internal reasoning will be based on analysis rather than following.
Which is why non-conformists really cannot be identified or labeled.
And why those who would call themselves non-conformist are actually conforming to the definition.
Which negates their claims.
The new Jordan sneakers are released.
The Non-Conformist would be trying on different pairs of shoes and if the Jordans have the comfort, price, and feel they like they will purchase them,
More than likely the Non-Conformist will end up purchasing them weeks or months after the release.
by Nomadic Heretic August 31, 2009

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