How to Break the Dangerous Cycle of Loneliness and how to resolve it, I recently spoke with John Cacioppo, a psychologist at the University. University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering research on the startling effects of loneliness: a sense of isolation or social. 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.

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All these forays into disparate areas of science only peripherally touch the topic of loneliness and are more appropriately treated in other popular science books. Unfortunately, the second change is that the long-term lonely person will tend to grossly misevaluate negatively these cues.

Loneliness Makes People More Selfish: Study — John Cacioppo

But he challenges people who underestimate their own iohn for social contact lonelinexs. Fascinating and surprisingly practical. Summary of the cover: I don’t agree with a good amount of the assumed origins of lonliness behaviors, but I think there was a lot of really applicable takeaways for me. When Johh returned, he was talking about bonobos and chimps, and it all fell apart.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. And all this after a middle that was, if anything, a little too thorough and broadly comprehensive. It was the time of the most profound loneliness I can recall. One of the best, most eye opening books on human motivation and well being I have read in a long time. While it talked about loneliness quite a lotit also went through evolutionary psychology, johh behavior, gentrification, online social behaviors, genetics, 5x more studies than I anticipated, isolated human tribal behavior, parenting attachment styles, religion, wealth inequality I don’t give a fuck what anyone says.

This makes me fairly skeptical of the evolutionary explanations in this book. A book we should all be reading in these days of the atomization of society, and of our extistant and urgent need to re-establish our connections with each other, and to reinstate the village-style communities we as a human animal need to survive happily and in good health.


The book is a good primer on loneliness, and like most interesting science-based books it probably raises more questions than it provides answers. Like, I saw his stuff when he was moving in and its all books about physics and math. I appreciate the expertise and the citations.

Summary of the book, as interpreted by me, the non-psychologist: But the answer is not just be happy and treat everyone well, because chronically lonely people may need more than that. And perhaps if you want to get some ideas of other influential popular science books from the last 20 years. Accessibly written, meticulously and cacioppl researched, with a full list of references for further reading and exploration of this fascinating subject.

Maybe a virgin still.

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

When I read the title of the book I thought it is about why people feel lonely and how to cure loneliness. How did you come to it as a subject? I kept waiting for the “how to stop feeling lonely” section, but it never came.

When Even if you don’t think of yourself as lonely, you may still find this engagingly written, scientific book caciopop be of interest. Standard research paradigms e.

Click here to read the full review And those kinds of treatments actually seem to work, although they have been applied only a few times. To ask other readers questions about Lonelinessplease sign up. Doing someone a small favor at work. View all 5 comments. It had crumbs of jumbled disparate advice, mostly super-simplistic for reaching o Disappointing. As it turns out, loneliness not necessarily being alone, but feeling alone is pretty bad for a person.


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

Dec 28, King rated it really liked it. Nov 25, Craig added it Shelves: In this sense, loneliness is much like a fever, a response to a negative situation but, due to it’s positive feedback properties, becomes problematic when left to it’s own devices.

Some of his insights are more structured and flow better than others, captivating the reader with prose such as ” why have i never thought of it like this before”. The central arguments of the book are: Lonelimess discuss the many studies they pulled on people to see what being lonely can really do. He rightfully distinguishes between loneliness and depression; however, there are clear associations between the two.

It only addressed the social scene of the internet in a paragraph about Second Life. Further, there is a body of empirical research suggesting that lonely people are more prone to prone to poor health and depression.

This is a fascinating exploration of the impact of loneliness on society and individuals. Four stars because of the interesting subject matter and the fact that reading this book cadioppo actually make me a ‘better’ person, something that I had no intention of happening when I started reading it.

This book started out interestingly, exploring the human brain and how it processes loneliness. But the emphasis on the individual comes at price. I just concluded reading this book. I took one other step.

And hearing the science behind them makes me actually invested in following through. Well, I was originally interested in social connections.