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Loneliness - Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

John T. Cacioppo

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Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Patrick, Dick Hill

Length:

10h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:45


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

40:11


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

37:41


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

36:52


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

53:13


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

46:16


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

40:20


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

37:59


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

39:57


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

51:27


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

32:29


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

40:43


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

51:22


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

01:04:16


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

57:57


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

00:29