Lonely at the Top
The High Cost of Men's Success
By Thomas Joiner, PhD
(Palgrave Macmillan Trade, Hardcover, 9780230104433, 272pp.)
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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Men appear to enjoy many advantages in society-on average they make more money, have more power, and enjoy a greater degree of social freedom than women. But many men pay a high price for the pursuit of success and power. Taking family and friends for granted, men will often let relationships take a back seat to their professional ambitions, only to ultimately find themselves with few real friends they can rely on in hard times. As a result, they turn to affairs, alcohol, and other self-destructive behaviors. Sadly, millions of men suffer untreated depression.
In this groundbreaking and provocative book, award-winning clinical psychologist Thomas Joiner makes an impassioned call for society to recognize the harmful effects that solitude can have on men. Drawing on original research done for the National Institute of Mental Health, he focuses on the particular situations that leave men rudderless. He offers advice on support systems that are most useful to men, and he offers prescriptive advice on how men can improve their lives.
Recognized expert in men's health, Thomas Joiner, PhD, is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He is an advisor to Men’s Health magazine and is principal investigator of the Department of Defense-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium, an $18.1 million dollar project on how to lower suicide rates in the military. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and the Rockefeller Foundation, he has made numerous radio, print, and television appearances, including The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and Dr. Phil. He lives in Tallahassee, FL.
'Thomas Joiner has written an important and insightful book about the vulnerability of aging men to isolation and loneliness - an enormously important and largely ignored problem that propels them in significant numbers to depression and suicide. This well documented, articulate book will help men and those who love them recognize the symptoms of male depression. This book will undoubtedly help save men's lives.' - Marianne Legato, MD, author of Why Men Die First
“An effective exploration of why many men succumb to loneliness and the ways to assuage the condition.”—Kirkus Reviews