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Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

John T. Cacioppo , William Patrick , Dick Hill
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Book Description

5 Aug 2008
In this pioneering book, neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his groundbreaking 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, "Loneliness" 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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (5 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400158125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400158126
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,409,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnificent expose. --Frans de Waal" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John T. Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and the president of the Association for Psychological Science. William Patrick, former science and medicine editor at Harvard University Press, is editor in chief of the Journal of Life Sciences. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important book 20 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewer, I do not work in mental health. But I would recommend this book to anyone. It has a deeply important message - that loneliness is not just a troubling and painful psychological experience, but rather harmful to phyical health. Perhaps more importantly, the experiences of loneliness creates a vicious circle in which the sufferer's social intelligence is impaired, causing them to misread people's attempts to include them, become less trusting, less persevering and more prone to retreat further into isolation and pessimism. Thought-provoking stuff...

The book helped me to look again at periods in my own life where I have felt lonely, and think again about the consequences this feeling led to.

I have only not given it five stars because individual chapters are not very well structured. The book itself has a three part structure, which works. But too often I found myself reading a variation on the overall theme, without being clear on how this fitted into his argument.

But putting aside these issues, this is an excellent, important and timely piece of work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Firstly you do not have to consider yourself "lonely" to get an awful lot from this book. If however , you do suspect that you or a loved one are becoming aware of feelings of loneliness, this book will help explain what you may be feeling, possibly explain why these feelings have presented themselves and in doing so, give you knowledge to deal with any anxiety and fear you may be feeling when looking into your present situation and give you an outlook and options for the future.

This is not designed as a self help book but, with solid evidence It clearly explains why loneliness is a perfectly normal emotion, the effects it can have on your health and how the need for connection binds us all and has done since the beginning.

Its well written, easy to connect with and a great read full of "aha" moments that certainly rang true with me.

This is a book that I have high lighted passages within and will return to again and again.

A book on an area of human nature and social connection, written in perfectly understandable, lay terms.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important book 21 Feb 2009
By Bucky
Format:Hardcover
As I work in mental health field I found this book to be very important. Social contact is so important for us yet unfortunatly generally ignored or dealt with. This book shows the research on how company,or lack of it effects people. As society becomes more fragmented and atomised, you can see further problems will develop. I should say its not a depressing book,just thought provoking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This was a very good book. Alot of good solid information, and very interesting and relevant.

The problem with the book, is that it is divided into smaller chapters, and it is more often than not hard to keep track of the train of thought of the writers. The titles of the chapters have a relation to the content of the chapters, but they are sometimes hard to capture and should be harder for a layman to grasp.
At one point for example they start talking about a study, but they never follows up to speak of the results, and why they included the study in the first place...(page 95)
Many times through the book i asked myself "what is the red thread here?"

In spite of this, it is exscellent in every way and I loved it. I will remember it as important and one of the best books i have read.

It can also be helpful as a self-help book. The morale being that you can break a negative circle of loneliness by "random acts of kindness". I loved it more as a scientific work, but the helping part i appreciated also

I hope this review will help you decide wether to buy or not
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