The Lonely American Drifting Apart in the Twenty-first Century

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Pub. Date: 2010-02-01
Publisher(s): Beacon Press
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The personal and societal effects of the unheralded epidemic of social isolation in America In our culture it's more socially acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely. Yet loneliness is the inevitable by-product of our frenetic contemporary lifestyle. In this marvelously acute critique of how we live, psychiatrists Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz show how the American way of life can lead to social isolation. Calling on their extensive clinical experience, new social surveys, and recent research on the effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crimeeven global warming. They conclude that electronic connection is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.

Author Biography

Jacqueline Olds, MD, and Richard S. Schwartz, MD, are associate clinical professors of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, each with thirty years of experience as clinicians and teachers. They live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

The Elephant in the Roomp. 1
Frantic without a Peep: Busyness as a Virtue and a Cursep. 13
Self-Reliance: Do Lonesome Cowboys Sing the Blues?p. 33
Left Out: An Organism under Stressp. 57
Free at Last: American Living Arrangementsp. 79
The Technology of Relationships: A Brief Reviewp. 95
Love and Marriage in a Busy Worldp. 115
The Ripple Effects of Increasing Social Isolationp. 135
Social Disconnection and the Mental Health Industryp. 159
Staying Limberp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 195
Notesp. 107
Indexp. 213
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