In today’s episode we are talking about loneliness.
Is there a relationship between trauma and chronic loneliness? How can we lower our risk of becoming chronically lonely? How does technology figure into the loneliness epidemic?
How does mental illness contribute to loneliness and vice versa?
About my guest
J.W. Freiberg studies chronic loneliness through the unique lens of a social psychologist (PhD, UCLA) turned lawyer (JD, Harvard). A former assistant professor of social psychology at Boston University, he served for decades as general counsel to more than a dozen social service agencies in Boston, a dozen adoption agencies, and scores of private mental health practices. In his new book, Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone: A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness, and Litigation, Dr. Freiberg explores the impact of faulty connections in failing relationships, through the telling of case stories mined from his 30-years as an attorney. Papers from his 2018 symposium “Loneliness and the Power of Permanency,” held at the Kennedy Center in Boston and attended by more than 400 mental health professionals, are collected into his edited work “Growing Up Lonely: Disconnection and Misconnection in the Lives of Our Children.” Dr. Freiberg is a regular contributor to the Attorney at Work and Psychology Today blogs, and he is a member of the MA state bar and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Resources and links
Surrounded by Others Yet so Alone by J.W. Freiberg
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