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Loneliness : Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection - John T. Cacioppo


Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

Paperback Published: 10th August 2009
ISBN: 9780393335286
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

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"A magnificent expose." -- Frans de Waal
"Wise, beautifully written, and often funny...a tour-de-force." -- Shelley E. Taylor, professor of psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
"Superb." -- Library Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Lonely Heart
Lonely in a Social Worldp. 3
Variation, Regulation, and an Elastic Leashp. 20
Losing Controlp. 35
Selfish Genes, Social Animalsp. 52
The Universal and the Particularp. 73
The Wear and Tear of Lonelinessp. 92
From Selfish Genes to Social Beings
Sympathetic Threadsp. 113
An Indissociable Organismp. 128
Knowing Thyself, among Othersp. 145
Conflicted by Naturep. 169
Conflicts in Naturep. 182
Finding Meaning in Connection
Three Adaptationsp. 201
Getting It Rightp. 221
The Power of Social Connectionp. 247
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780393335286
ISBN-10: 0393335283
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 10th August 2009
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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