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Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection


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“One of the most important books about the human condition to appear in a decade.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

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.


“A magnificent exposé.” — 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