Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

by John T. Cacioppo, William Patrick

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Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo, William Patrick

“One of the most important books about the human condition to appear in a decade.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on HappinessUniversity of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering research on the startling effects of loneliness: a sense of isolation or social rejection disrupts not only our thinking abilities and will power but also our immune systems, and can be as damaging as obesity or smoking. A blend of biological and social science, this book demonstrates that, as individuals and as a society, we have everything to gain, and everything to lose, in how well or how poorly we manage our need for social bonds.

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ISBN-13: 9780393335286
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/10/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 179,323
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John T. Cacioppo (1951—2018) was a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. He was the author of more than a dozen books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections.

William Patrick, former editor for science and medicine at Harvard University Press, is editor in chief of the Journal of Life Sciences. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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"Top-notch science writing: stimulating and useful information conveyed in accessible prose." —-Kirkus Starred Review

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Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mr_Croup More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

I loved this book. However, I would recommend this book to only those who are able to read academic and dry writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 & policy leaders, the loved one's of the lonely, and the sufferers themselves.
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