Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

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W. W. Norton & Company, 17 ago 2008 - 336 pagine
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A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for loneliness and what to do about it.

John T. Cacioppo’s groundbreaking research topples one of the pillars of modern medicine and psychology: the focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry. By employing brain scans, monitoring blood pressure, and analyzing immune function, he demonstrates the overpowering influence of social context—a factor so strong that it can alter DNA replication. He defines an unrecognized syndrome—chronic loneliness—brings it out of the shadow of its cousin depression, and shows how this subjective sense of social isolation uniquely disrupts our perceptions, behavior, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to early death. He gives the lie to the Hobbesian view of human nature as a “war of all against all,” and he shows how social cooperation is, in fact, humanity’s defining characteristic. Most important, he shows how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society.
 

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We often see loneliness as a weakness. People who are lonely are seen as being needy because they cannot function well without social interaction. However in Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo we see that ... Leggi recensione completa

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Cacioppo and Patrick attack the received idea that social connection and empathy are the luxuries we annex onto our workaday existence, and instead show them as essential for human life. Through ... Leggi recensione completa

Sommario

The Lonely Heart
1
CHAPTER
20
CHAPTER THREE
35
Selfish Genes Social Animals
52
CHAPTER FIVE
73
CHAPTER
92
From Selfish Genes to Social Beings
111
CHAPTER EIGHT
128
CHAPTER
169
CHAPTER ELEVEN
182
Finding Meaning in Connection
199
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
221
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
247
Notes
271
Index
297
Copyright

CHAPTER NINE
145

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Informazioni sull'autore (2008)

John T. Cacioppo (1951—2018) was a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. He was the author of more than a dozen books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections.

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.

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