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Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

John T. Cacioppo, William Patrick


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“One of the most important books about the human condition to appear in a decade.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

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.

Praise For Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

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


W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335286, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2009

About the Author

John T. Cacioppo (1951—2018) was a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. He was the author of more than a dozen books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections.

William Patrick, former editor for science and medicine at Harvard University Press, is editor in chief of the Journal of Life Sciences. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.