"Human beings learn early on that our survival in this crowded world is dependent on our interaction with those around us."

In our online age, it has become easier than ever to reach out and make contact with another human being anywhere in the world and at any time of day. So why then do so many people feel isolated, estranged, and on their own? Communicating the expertise and experience of his career as a psychotherapist, the author of this book examines the importance of connection and community on every level. From exploring the importance of touch in both childhood and adult life to the necessity to forgive ourselves and others, every section asks and answers a new question for introverts and extroverts alike to process and practice. While social interaction can feel like an unscientific skill that some people just seem to have, this book shows that all people are capable of making meaningful relationships with others without necessarily sacrificing their comfort zone.

The way this topic is handled, one might expect this book to read like a self-help book that tries to confer confidence to its readers. What the author does is doubly impressive: providing research and scientific examples of what human interaction does and how it is shown while also making the findings actionable and understandable for any reader. Whether it’s parental, romantic, or friendly, each chapter examines a different way bonds are formed, kept, and the benefits they provide. This information is presented personally, not clinically, and the author even admits to creating a bond with his readership by the end of the book, accomplishing its own aim in a way just through the act of reading. Even for readers who feel natural and at ease connecting with others, this book helps to explain all the different ways that we are truly social creatures and can nurture and enhance each other by connecting with and protecting one another.

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