You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of our FREE Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Buying Options

Kindle Price: $19.31
includes tax, if applicable

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by [Cacioppo, John T., Patrick, William]
Kindle App Ad

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection Kindle Edition

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from

Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

Browse our most popular books based on sales
Find your next great read. Shop best selling books

Product description



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

Product Description

A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for loneliness and what to do about it.

John T. Cacioppo’s groundbreaking research topples one of the pillars of modern medicine and psychology: the focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry. By employing brain scans, monitoring blood pressure, and analyzing immune function, he demonstrates the overpowering influence of social context—a factor so strong that it can alter DNA replication. He defines an unrecognized syndrome—chronic loneliness—brings it out of the shadow of its cousin depression, and shows how this subjective sense of social isolation uniquely disrupts our perceptions, behavior, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to early death. He gives the lie to the Hobbesian view of human nature as a “war of all against all,” and he shows how social cooperation is, in fact, humanity’s defining characteristic. Most important, he shows how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (17 August 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00421BN3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
click to open popover

No customer reviews

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews on 4.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews
Mary R. Kolk
5.0 out of 5 starsLoneliness is a voice that is crying in the wilderness. We all need to hear and heed that cry. Human connection is vital!
25 May 2018 - Published on
Verified Purchase
11 people found this helpful.
R. Deignan
2.0 out of 5 starsPart Scholarship, Part Sci-Fi
6 February 2019 - Published on
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful.
Michael B. Drennan
5.0 out of 5 starsI'm not done with it yet, but -
16 January 2014 - Published on
Verified Purchase
12 people found this helpful.
M. Cheffo
1.0 out of 5 starsthe description seemed like the book was for regular people
17 July 2018 - Published on
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful.
T Stro
5.0 out of 5 starsmost excellent!!!
5 October 2013 - Published on
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful.