By William Patrick, John T. Cacioppo

“One of crucial books approximately the human to seem in a decade.”—Daniel Gilbert, writer of Stumbling on Happiness
University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering study on the startling results of loneliness: a feeling of isolation or social rejection disrupts not just our considering talents and should energy but in addition our immune structures, and will be as destructive as weight problems or smoking. a mix of organic and social technological know-how, this publication demonstrates that, as contributors and as a society, we have now every little thing to realize, and every thing to lose, in how good or how poorly we deal with our want for social bonds.<p /> 12 illustrations

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18 LON E LIN E S S Taking Charge It has always seemed to me that certain public figures appear perpet­ ually isolated (think Prince Charles), while others appear warm and personally magnetic (think Oprah). In private life, too, some people seem to be natural social connectors, those who bond easily with others and whom everyone enjoys being around. They are usually, though not always, happy in marriage and high in both social and emotional intelligence. But these lucky people are rarely saints; tel­ evision stars, charming politicians, or glittering celebutantes.

George, the capital of the island of Grenada. I got a queasy feeling as it dawned on me why everything looked vaguely familiar. I swallowed hard and asked the obvious question. "Are we in Gre­ nay-da ? " Chicago to Miami, transferring to a small commuter jet-those connections had nothing to do with Gra-nah-da, Spain. I had just landed in the Caribbean. Not only was I in the wrong country, I was on the wrong side of the planet. I bolted back into the airport terminal, hoping against hope to find a return flight that could get me to Europe by daybreak.

Their distinctive quality is not the ability to give a great party or to sway the masses, but an element of warmth, openness, and generosity that draws others in. They are far more likely to be found helping out at their kid's school or going the extra mile at work than blowing past the velvet rope surrounded by paparazzi. Most important, in their inherent abilities, these lucky people are not all that different from any of the rest of us. The secret to gaining access to social connection and social con­ tentment is being less distracted by one's own psychological business-especially the distortions based on feelings of threat.

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