Something You Should Know about Loneliness

Negative Effects Of Loneliness

June 6, 2016


Interview with John Cacioppo, author of the book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection




Mike Carruthers:
Loneliness is a big and often understood problem.


John Cacioppo:
We misunderstand as a culture what loneliness is - we have conceptualized it as a personality kind of weakness (perhaps neuroticism, perhaps depression) - and a research study suggested it's not any of those.

John Cacioppo 

Epidemic Of Loneliness - Part 2

February 23, 2016


Interview with Kira Asatryan, author of the book Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships




Mike Carruthers:
It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people in this country consider themselves lonely.



Kira Asatryan:
The loneliest people probably in the US probably are in their 40’s and 50’s. what I infer from that is that people in that age group have so many obligations that building these kinds of relationships just have to fall down the list a little bit.

Kira Asatryan

Epidemic Of Loneliness

February 22, 2016


Interview with Kira Asatryan, author of the book Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships




Mike Carruthers:
In many ways we’re more connected than ever and yet we’re also lonelier than ever.


Kira Asatryan:
The most recent statistic is that right now about 1 in 5 people are feeling lonely and that’s about 60 million Americans technically. That number is up at least 30% since the 80’s.

Kira Asatryan

The Importance Of Face-To-Face Communication

November 17, 2014


Interview with Susan Pinker, author of the book The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter




Mike Carruthers:
So much of our communication today is electronic yet face-to-face contact turns out to be very important.


Susan Pinker:
Because interacting face to face releases a whole cascade of biochemical events that essentially provides biological resilience not only now but into the future.

Susan Pinker

A Closer Look At Marriage

July 11, 2014


Interview with Judith Viorst, author of the book Grown-Up Marriage: What We Know, Wish We Had Known, and Still Need to Know About Being Married




Mike Carruthers:
Now here's an interesting view of marriage.


Judith Viorst:
Since it's impossible to be in love with each other all the time, marriage keeps you together when you fall out of love and gives you enough time to fall back in again.

Judith Viorst

Health Effects Of Loneliness

June 4, 2014


Interview with Dr. Guy Winch author of the book Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries




Mike Carruthers:
While everyone has experienced loneliness when it’s chronic it can actually be dangerous.


Dr. Guy Winch:
We know that loneliness even in short durations really suppresses our immune system. And we also know that people that are chronically lonely have a 14% greater chance of dying a premature death – it literally can shave years off our life.

Dr. Guy Winch

Important Relationship Issues

April 24, 2014


Interview with Dr. Herb Goldberg, author of the book What Men Still Don't Know About Women, Relationships, and Love




Mike Carruthers:
Men and women approach romantic relationships differently.

Dr. Herb Goldberg:

It's not a matter of good or bad or right or wrong. It's a matter of how do we transform relationships so they don't follow the traditional progression, which I call "from romance to boredom to rage."

Dr. Herb Goldberg

Why Men Fall Out Of Love

October 22, 2013


Interview with Michael French, author of the book Why Men Fall Out of Love: What Every Woman Needs to Understand




Mike Carruthers:
Why do men fall out of love?


Michael French:
I think a lot of men feel marginalized in relationships, I think, the ones that I talked to, a lot of them felt their role was sort of taken for granted.

Michael French

The Value Of Self-Help Books

October 14, 2013


Interview with Dr. Paul Pearsall, author of the book The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need




Mike Carruthers:
The self-help movement - it's a multi-billion dollar a year industry. But not everyone thinks it's such a great thing.

Dr. Paul Pearsall:
The idea of "self-help" has always really been that you've got to be better than you are, that you're not happy enough, you ought to be happier. Those are the kinds of ideas that have very little scientific merit.

Dr. Paul Pearsall

Expectations Of Marriage

October 16, 2012


Interview with Susan Shapiro Barash, author of the book The Nine Phases of Marriage: How to Make It, Break It, Keep It




Mike Carruthers:
Men and women often enter into marriage with very different expectations.


Susan Shapiro Barash:
Very much a gender divide it really is a gender divide what you get from your marriage and what you want from your marriage.

Susan Shapiro Barash

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