By John Cacioppo and William Patrick
AVAILABLE IN AUGUST. A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for chronic loneliness – which he defines an unrecognized syndrome – and brings it out of the shadow of its cousin, depression.
By using brain scans, monitoring blood pressure, and analyzing immune function, the author demonstrates the overpowering influence of social context – a factor so strong that it can actually alter DNA replication.
He discusses chronic loneliness and shows how it disrupts our perceptions, behavior, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to premature death.
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.
336 pages. 12 illustrations. Softcover. August 2009.
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