Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
Monday, December 07, 2009
John T. Cacioppo Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
University of Chicago
Social species such as ours do not fare well when forced to live solitary lives, and the impact of loneliness on individuals can be surprisingly damaging. Residents of transient communities and isolated individuals lack rich attachments, meaningful connections and enriching encounters, which can be deleterious on a physiological as well as psychological level.