BRILLIANT! Must read! Sep 8, 2008
I have never enjoyed a book about psychology, biology and the mind as much as this book.
I love Roger Penrose, Steven Pinker and other authors of the mind, yet this book (not necessarily the writers themselves) take the cake for this cleverly crafted look into the very state we all fear, and why.
Dissected into easy to consume pieces, this book fits together like a puzzle. It builds up to how the studies were conducted, the conclusions to stories recurring.
If you are LONELY, which does not mean alone, I would recommend this book. If you are with lots of friends and meaningful relations, I would also recommend this book.
Why? This book shows how the intuitive nature of humanity does not wish to be alone, with scientific studies that conclude how we so desperately seek companionships, close friendships and love.
The book itself does delve into issues that may make one sad or feeling a bit of disparage from what you thought you were. The redeeming quality of the book is to show how by understanding some of your fears and the reasons behind them, you can stop the cycle that creates that feeling of loneliness.
This book is important because it builds you up when you're feeling down. Several books attempt to do this with false promises and exaggerated claims. This does no such thing, because it tells you that sadness can be maintained by the person whom possesses said place in the cosmos.
5/5 stars for making me smile and cry all in one sitting.