What if being lonely were a bigger problem than we ever suspected? In this pioneering book, cognitive and social neurologist John T. Cacioppo draws from his research on brain imaging, analysis of blood pressure, immune response, stress hormones, behavior, and gene expression to show just how intertwined and interdependent, physiologically as well as psychologically, we are as human beings. Loneliness reminds us as individuals, and as a society, that we have everything to gain, and everything to lose, in how well or how poorly we manage our need for human connection.
"For anyone plagued by feeling lonely, even among friends or within the context of an intimate relationship, it may be reassuring to learn there is nothing wrong with you.... Written for a science-savvy audience ... [Loneliness] has practical advice for spending fewer nights at home communing with Ben and Jerry."
-Gabrielle LeBlanc, O, The Oprah Magazine
"Top-notch science writing: stimulating and useful information conveyed in accessible prose."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This wise, beautifully written, and often funny book brings the underlying science of social ties to life. It is a tour de force on one of the most significant known influences on human health."
-Shelley E. Taylor, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
-A Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of 2008-
John T. Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and the director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He lives in Chicago.
William Patrick, formerly the science editor at Harvard University Press, lives on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.