Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
We can feel great loneliness without ever being alone. Cacioppo, a social neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, examines an often unrecognised syndrome which he views as a cousin of depression - chronic loneliness. He moves away from a focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry, and monitors brain scans, blood pressure and immune function to demonstrate the powerful influence of social context- a factor so strong it can alter DNA replication.
The book is a mixture of biological and social science that presents loneliness as being so much more than just a feeling. A sense of isolation or social rejection may affect our ability to think, weaken our will power and potentially damage our immune systems to the extent that the author compares it to the dangers of obesity and smoking. In his analysis of the subjective sense of social isolation that disrupts our perceptions, behaviour and physiology, Cacioppo shows how we can overcome the trap of isolation to benefit both ourselves and society, all the while emphasizing how social cooperation is, in fact, humanity's defining characteristic.
Who wrote it?
John T. Cacioppo, William Patrick
How does it come?
Paperback, 14 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
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