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Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo
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Oct 16, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Social primates
Read in October, 2008

Terrific! Wonderful, clear pop-sci summation of a lot of recent exciting cognitive and neuroscience research on social functioning. Also provides a useful picture of embodied mind, better than that whole stupid mind/body dichotomy thing we've inherited from stupid cave people -- i.e. it describes very fully the ways in which emotions and other mental events affect the health of the rest of the body. And, finally, provides some simple guidelines for improving one's social functioning if maybe perhaps one was raised isolated and kinda weird and as a result fell into a feedback loop of fear of rejection leading to distorted thinking and behavior leading to further isolation. Leading to reading a lot.

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