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Rediscover the benefits of a real-life social network!
Although today's technology allows you to communicate with people all over the globe, it can also leave you feeling disconnected and unhappy in the real world. The Loneliness Cure helps you rediscover the power of socializing in person and finally find the affection you've been longing for. Written by communication expert Kory Floyd, PhD, this valuable guide details the causes of affection hunger, helps you assess your needs, and offers six compelling strategies for attracting more intimacy into your relationships and everyday life. This guidebook details the causes of affection hunger, helps you assess your needs, and shows you how to build genuine connections to those around you.
Whether you're looking to get the undivided attention of a friend, reconnect physically with a romantic partner, or grow closer to your family, this book provides you with the tools you need to lead a healthier, happier, and more affectionate life.
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About the Author
Kory Floyd, PhD, is a professor of family and interpersonal communication at Arizona State University, where he has studied communications of affection for more than twenty years. He has been featured on Today, HuffPo Life, NPR, and BBC radio, and in numerous print sources, including Glamour, Women's Health, Redbook, and Seattle Times. He speaks at many engagements each year, and has authored several textbooks about communications skills and personal relationships. You can visit his website at www.koryfloyd.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: "Brother, Can You Spare a Hug?" 7
Part 1 Why Do People Need Social Connection? 15
Chapter 1 Hungry for Connection 17
Chapter 2 Why We Love 41
Chapter 3 How Affection Helps 65
Part 2 How Affection Hungry Are You? 97
Chapter 4 Affection Hunger and You 99
Chapter 5 Living in an Affection Famine 123
Chapter 6 The Misguided Paths We Follow 151
Part 3 Six Strategies to Overcome Loneliness 179
Chapter 7 Strategy #1: Be Open to Receiving Affection 181
Chapter 8 Strategy #2: Invite and Model the Type of Relationship You Seek 195
Chapter 9 Strategy #3: Recognize Diversity in Affection Displays 207
Chapter 10 Strategy #4: Nurture a Variety of Affectionate Relationships 221
Chapter 11 Strategy #5: Beware of Toxic Affection 235
Chapter 12 Strategy #6: Be Optimistic But Realistic 253
Conclusion: The End of Loneliness 269
For Further Reading 271
About the Author 272
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First, I will say that I received this book as a door prize in a writer's group I attend, but I do not personally or professionally know the author. Like other self-help books The Loneliness Cure names and explains the problem, tells how the problem came to be, and provides practical ways to correct the problem. And it does a good job with these things, too. One of the strategies (Recognize Diversity in Affection Displays) reminds me of The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Not everyone displays affection the same way or has the same way they like to receive affection. Floyd explains this well and gives doable suggestions to deal with it. The author doesn't sugar-coat the problem or the solutions. He offers practical explanations, ample opportunities to 'Try this' or 'Ask yourself', and ends each chapter with a section entitled 'stop and reflect'. The layout is pleasant and not distracting which helps makes the reading smooth.