BN.com Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

Average Rating 4
( 17 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(9)

4 Star

(5)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 9 review with 5 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Excellent information, well-written

    The first few chapters worried me because the anecdotes seemed overdone and poorly written, but then the writing moved into the authoritative, clean, concise style that lasted the rest of the book, so I enjoyed the writing overall. There is a ton of interesting information, lots of research and studies explained in the book. This isn't a one-night read, some of the information takes a little while to process so don't be surprised if you read some of the paragraphs several times, especially if you're surrounded by distractions. But definitely worth the time it took to get through it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Should be mandatory reading for everyone interested in fixing Western Culture.

    This is a remarkable book, which I read twice the week I bought it. It offers insights on the human condition which are dead on. As I read this, I felt as though the authors had been watching my life and they perfectly described how life has felt for me.<BR/><BR/>I read this book in conjunction with _The 3rd Chimpanzee_ and _The Nature of Paleolithic Art_. This book is very meaningful when viewed in an anthropological, pre-historic context. Our current way of life is so ingrained that to truly appreciate this book's message, you need to step back and see the world you live in as a little alien. I found that by thinking of "cave men", my perspective altered a little and I got more from this fine book than I might have otherwise.<BR/><BR/>I loved this book. However, I would recommend this book to only those who are able to read academic and dry writing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Verification of what we know almost on a cellular lever

    Loving this book and still reading it! So many insights into why I've chosen the paths I've taken. Now, If I could just figure out how to correct my trajectory. I highly recomment this book as required reading for all "loners". It does as it promises and sheds light on why humans must have social connections. Many of the atrocities we see far too often would never have happened if the individuals responsible had not been socially inept.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2009

    Great reference for anyone who wants to understand the etiology and maintenance of loneliness and the accompanying behavioral and emotional symptoms

    Provides insight into maladaptive behaviors in the context of loneliness and the innate drive to connect with others. The authors clearly connect how fear of, and experience with loneliness works towards the progression of isolating behaviors, which further isolate and confirm feelings of loneliness. The suggestions for interventions is not as comprehensive as the explanation of the etiology of the feeling and experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Agree whole-heartedly with the 4 reviewers below. Eye opening d

    Agree whole-heartedly with the 4 reviewers below. Eye opening description of a phenomenon which has been the neglected little brother of depression. Each paragraph is loaded with an epiphany about this monster that's been hiding in plain sight. Although this book is weak on the therapeutic side, it's been a tremendous service in educating us about the complexity and prevalence of our loneliness epidemic. I like how the authors meld together anthropology, experimental psychology, and pathophysiology. It's demanding reading, and thus a little slow-going. But, it's essential material for therapists, public health &amp; policy leaders, the loved one's of the lonely, and the sufferers themselves.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 9 review with 5 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1