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Lonely at the Top: The High Cost of Men's Success

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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 themsel ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Philski
Jul 05, 2012 Philski rated it really liked it
Quick read.

The book centers around male loneliness. He goes through the various phases of male loneliness, how younger males are "spoiled" by forced relationships in school, then enter a "don't tread on me" phase where they claim independence but in the process sacrifice male friendship (this is where I am), then a phase where they are motivated by success/money/providing for the family, then the last phase is "lonely at the top" where they have the family, they are secure, but they are lonely i
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Dec 11, 2014 Ariadna73 rated it liked it
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This books tries to explain why men are more inclined to feel lonely at the end of their lives. It basically says that men are naturally less prone to cultivate or value the relationships they have; and when they start thinking about it; they are already very old to build new ones; so almost always they reach the end of their lives feeling lonely (even when they are surrounded by family members). This is though to read; beca
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Sydney
Jul 30, 2016 Sydney added it
Upon reading this book, I basically told my husband he better go golfing. Now! A super insightful look at the loneliness many men experience--based on solid research. I read it for research for a character I'm writing, but I think it will help me with the men in my life forever!
Pat Friel
Dec 09, 2012 Pat Friel rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Expecting a book about achievement and personal improvement I instead found a far more important message in Thomas Joiner's book - it is lonely at the top and loneliness kills men!

Using a combination of research, examination of popular culture and history Joiner does a very good job at describing the challenges and threats that loneliness causes as men age. I was left with significant food for thought!
Andrew
Oct 11, 2012 Andrew is currently reading it
Dr Thomas Joiner is key speaker at todays Annual National Suicide Prevention Conference 2012 - Innovation in Suicide Prevention – Bringing it Together Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach Sydney. A fantastic book with very important information for all of us.
Sanju
Mar 15, 2013 Sanju rated it really liked it
This book was thought-provoking, but also very concerning because as I read it, I felt like it was describing many men I know and even some women. I highly recommend it as a commentary on our increasingly isolated lives.
Heather
Lonely at the Top: The High Cost of Men's Succes by Thomas Joiner, PhD This was a very interesting and enlightening book. For the full review, click on the title.
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Thomas Joiner is an American academic psychologist and leading expert on suicide. He is the Robert O. Lawton Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, where he operates his Laboratory for the Study of the Psychology and Neurobiology of Mood Disorders, Suicide, and Related Conditions. Joiner holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at
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