Loneliness Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

ISBN-10: 0393335283
ISBN-13: 9780393335286
Edition: 2009
Description: University 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  More...
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Copyright Year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication Date: 8/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594

University 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.

John T. Cacioppo is Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Social Psychology Program, and Co-Director of the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago.

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.

Acknowledgments
The Lonely Heart
Lonely in a Social World
Variation, Regulation, and an Elastic Leash
Losing Control
Selfish Genes, Social Animals
The Universal and the Particular
The Wear and Tear of Loneliness
From Selfish Genes to Social Beings
Sympathetic Threads
An Indissociable Organism
Knowing Thyself, among Others
Conflicted by Nature
Conflicts in Nature
Finding Meaning in Connection
Three Adaptations
Getting It Right
The Power of Social Connection
Notes
Index

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