Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

John T. Cacioppo (Author), William Patrick (Author)


“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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33528-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“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

“Superb.” — Library Journal

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