Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

John T. Cacioppo (Author) William Patrick (Author)


University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering research on the startling effects of loneliness: a sense of isolation or social rejection disrupts not only our thinking abilities and will power but also our immune systems, and can be as damaging as obesity or smoking. A blend of biological and social science, this book demonstrates that, as individuals and as a society, we have everything to gain, and everything to lose, in how well or how poorly we manage our need for social bonds.

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$17.95  $16.51
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
August 01, 2009
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Cacioppo is the author of more than 500 scientific articles and twenty books. Among the awards he has received are the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), and the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). He is a former Editor of Psychophysiology and a past president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
William Patrick, a former publishing executive, edited such self-help classics as Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and the #1 New York Times bestseller Iron John. Recent writing collaborations include Sidney Poitier's The Measure of a Man and Robert Schuller's My Journey. He lives near Boston.


A magnificent exposé.--Frans de Waal
Wise, beautifully written, and often funny...a tour-de-force.--Shelley E. Taylor, professor of psychology, University of California, Los Angeles