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This is a short article about a book, I quote some fragments...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/neuronarrative/201012/neuroscience-explains-why-the-grinch-stole-christmas

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Cacioppo has conducted a wealth of research about the effects of loneliness on the human brain. We're not talking about physical loneliness (although that can be part of the equation); we're talking about a sense of loneliness that someone in the midst of thousands of people can feel.

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In short, people with an acute sense of social isolation appear to have a reduced response to things that make most people happy, and a heightened response to human conflict. This explains a lot about people who not only seem to wallow in unhappiness, but also seem obsessed with the emotional "drama" of others.

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there is redemption for those suffering from loneliness. It requires genuine connection with others--not faces in a cheering crowd or numbers on a Facebook page. Those things might supplement real relationships, but they can't replace them.

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Hi LaLa. Thank you for posting that. I agree with what it says...I might never have been alone physically, but I feel I have always been alone emotionally. It is not an easy thing to sit in a room full of people, talking friendly people, and feel like you are in some sort of plastic bubble and not know how to break out of it.

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