Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

Cacioppo’s groundbreaking research topples one of the pillars of modern medicine and psychology: the focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry. He gives the lie to the hobbesian view of human nature as a “war of all against all, in fact, ” and he shows how social cooperation is, humanity’s defining characteristic.

A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for loneliness and what to do about it. John T. He defines an unrecognized syndrome—chronic loneliness—brings it out of the shadow of its cousin depression, behavior, and shows how this subjective sense of social isolation uniquely disrupts our perceptions, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to early death.

Most important, he shows how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society. 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.


Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts

Heal small emotional injuries before they become big ones. We all sustain emotional wounds. Drawing on the latest scientific research and using real-life examples, practicing psychologist Guy Winch, Ph. D. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not just understocked—it’s nonexistent.

Fortunately, there is such a thing as mental first aid for battered emotions. Failure, rejection, guilt, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. Prescriptive and unique, emotional first Aid is essential reading for anyone looking to become more resilient, build self-esteem, and let go of the hurts and hang-ups that are holding them back.

Offers specific step-by-step treatments that are fast, simple, and effective.

Leaving Loneliness: A Workbook: Building Relationships with Yourself and Others

This flexible approach, peaceful style, combined with the author’s easily understandable, make this a restorative work for a wide audience. Not every exercise will apply to every person, he explains, which allows the reader to tailor the workbook to his or her own needs. Narang, in this book, seeks to identify barriers to emotional success, and his soothing tone enhances the work considerably.

Kirkus reviews calls Leaving Loneliness, "A curative, uplifting workbook" review available below. This book focuses squarely on what psychologists call your attachment style, an invisible but pervasive approach to relationships that influences how lonely or socially abundant your life is to become. The author clearly explains the workbook’s overall format and each activity’s rationale “you will address the problem first and then move toward building strength, much in the way that if you had an infection in your foot, you would heal that infection first before moving on to building muscles by running”.

Kirkus Reviews. Your attachment style can leave you nourished with love, isolated and longing, or trapped in stormy and unstable relationships, depending on your particular attachment style. The variety of exercises is impressive. A curative, uplifting attachment workbook. Kindle edition: to respond to questions in the workbook, just touch the screen for several seconds, and a notepad will appear, allowing you to type and save your responses.

That is because attachment styles can be changed, and this workbook’s purpose is to help you on your path to do exactly that.

Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

It is believed that we must commit 10, 000 hours to master a skill. According to lieberman, each of us has spent 10, 000 hours learning to make sense of people and groups by the time we are ten. Based on the latest cutting edge research, the findings in Social have important real-world implications. Our schools and businesses, for example, attempt to minimalize social distractions.

But this is exactly the wrong thing to do to encourage engagement and learning, and literally shuts down the social brain, leaving powerful neuro-cognitive resources untapped. The insights revealed in this pioneering book suggest ways to improve learning in schools, make the workplace more productive, and improve our overall well-being.

We are profoundly social creatures--more than we know. In social, renowned psychologist matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world--other people and our relation to them.

. Social argues that our need to reach out to and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior. We believe that pain and pleasure alone guide our actions. Yet, new research using fmri--including a great deal of original research conducted by Lieberman and his UCLA lab--shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure in much the same way as they do to physical pain and pleasure.

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

What really causes depression and anxiety--and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. Across the world, hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains.

Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions--ones that work. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today.

The new york times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. Hari's journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today.

His ted talk, “everything you think you know About Addiction Is Wrong, ” has been viewed more than eight million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true--and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships

Online friends, and satisfying, or “likers” don’t necessarily add up to much when you crave fulfilling interaction, followers, long-term relationships are not a mystery to be left up to chance or technology. We can and should cultivate closeness in our relationships using the steps outlined in this book: knowing, caring, and mastering closeness.

Whether with romantic partners, or business colleagues, family members, friends, these techniques will help you establish true closeness with others. Loneliness has an antidote: The Feeling of ClosenessLoneliness isn’t something that happens only when we are physically alone. The simple and straightforward actions Asatryan presents in this wonderfully practical book will guide you toward better relationships and less loneliness in all social contexts.

. It can also happen when we are with people. The good news is that, according to relationship coach Kira Asatryan, loneliness has a reliable antidote: the feeling of closeness.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

Intriguing and entertaining, emotions, behavior, health, politics, CONNECTED overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, relationships, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives. Celebrated scientists nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain the amazing power of social networks and our profound influence on one another's lives.

Your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. In connected, why the rich get richer, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, even how we find and choose our partners. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse.

These startling revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.

Lonely: A Memoir

In a boldly honest and elegantly written memoir—the first on this topic—Emily White reveals the painful and sometimes debilitating experience of living with chronic loneliness. In the vein of popular favorites such as girl, lonely approaches loneliness in the way that Andrew Soloman’s The Noonday Demon approached depression, Interrupted and Manic, and lifts the veil on a mostly ignored population who often suffer their disorder in silence.


The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression

With uncommon humanity, candor, and erudition, wit, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history.

His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning. The noonday demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, policymakers and politicians, doctors and scientists, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.