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Social Isolation

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

The 3 Kinds Of Friendships Everyone Has By Midlife

Brent Green | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Brent Green

Interdependent relationships are the healthiest. Both parties contribute and receive. Both are available to share the joys of closeness and help shoulder the burdens that come with aging. They give and take. They are committed to mutual growth and positive adaptation along the uncharted journey through life.

How Loneliness Can Harm Your Diet -- And Your Health

Posted 10.30.2013 | Fifty

You are what you eat -- but apparently, who you eat with is pretty important too. Research shows that eating alone means eating a less nutritious diet...

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

The Psychology of Exile

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.15.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

How do emotional exiles cope? What mental and emotional tools do we have to salve the pain of extreme loneliness and find new forms of meaning? Psychological scientists are very interested in this question.

When Gaming Is No Longer a Game

Andrea Wachter | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Andrea Wachter

It starts out innocently enough; your kid gets a new game. They seem to enjoy their newfound pastime. You love when they seem to be enjoying something, and so everybody's happy, right? What starts out as an innocent hobby can turn into a destructive habit.

How Numb Can We Get?

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

You cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mind. When we try to numb out -- even if it is not with something particularly noxious -- our minds are not as healthy as they could be, and our bodies will follow suit.

Social Interaction in Early Life Affects Wiring to the Frontal Lobes

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

A study published in tomorrow's issue of Science shows that social interaction during a critical period of early life has irreversible effects on maturation of connections to the frontal lobes of the brain, disrupting social interactions and cognitive ability into adulthood.

Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

Some of the most creative minds of all time have faced very high levels of social rejection and isolation. Of course, it's also possible that the unconventionality of creative people causes them to be social outsiders. The direction of causality is not clear. Enter a brand new series of studies.

Feeling Left Out Makes Kids Less Likely To Get Active

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 02.11.2012 | Healthy Living

Does your kid feel left out? That social isolation may affect more than his or her mental health -- it could also increase obesity risk. That's t...

Night And Weekend Workers Have Greater Feelings Of Social Isolation: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

When workers pull evening and weekend shifts, it can be great for a company's bottom line. But it's often not so good for the workers themselves. E...

Time, Well-Being and the Political Moment

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.12.2011 | Technology
Paul Stoller

In America, the land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, there seems to be a limited pool of well-being. We are wired-in, but existentially alone; we are electronically connected in social networks, but isolated from social groups.

Is Social Networking Destroying Our Social Lives?

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

There's no doubt you meet some great folks online, as I have, but the social animal needs to connect more than superficially with others of the tribe.

Americans Have More Friends, and Not Just on Facebook

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Remember the media panic from the summer of 2006 about lonely and isolated Americans? The publication of a sociological study had unleashed a cascade...

Bloomberg Shuttering Lifesaving Senior Centers

Stacy Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stacy Torres

Under Bloomberg's grim plan to close at least 50 senior centers by July 1, thousands of seniors will not have a place to eat Thanksgiving this year.

Internet Not Linked To Social Isolation, Study Shows

AP | BARBARA ORTUTAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — A new study confirms what your 130 Facebook friends and scores of Twitter followers may have already told you: The Internet and mobil...