Living A Connected Life

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It is often difficult, in our hurried world, to create and maintain the kinds of connections necessary for a healthy life. We communicate with co-workers down the hall via e-mail, make friends on the Internet, live thousands of miles away from our families, and spend less and less time with our overscheduled spouses and children. These and  other modern difficulties contribute to increased isolation and alienation. In Living a Connected Life , Dr. Kathleen A. Brehony poses and answers an essential question: "What does it mean to  belong?" She presents research that underlines both the importance of social connections and the difficulties caused by their absence, and helps us recognize and understand these effects not only intellectually but with our hearts.

But this timely and important book is much more than a description of the problem-Living a Connected Life is a practical guide as well. Brehony includes inventories for self-evaluation; outlines her Steps to Enduring Relationships, meaningful measures to improve our webs of support and social connection; and shows how we can become more confident of our intrinsic worth and happier in our day-to-day existence.

Filled with personal stories and anecdotes and drawing upon spiritual teachings, poetry, and myth for illustration, Living a Connected Life is a timely guide to creating lasting relationships.


                   BEYOND E-BONDING
                         by Andrea Sachs
                   Monday, Sep. 08, 2003
Psychotherapist Kathleen Brehony is not the sort of touchy-feely, self-help author who will teach you how to become your own best friend. But if you can use more companionship in your life, Brehony is a master. Her wise new book, Living a Connected Life, offers helpful tips for  people in a society in which sending an e-mail to someone down the hall is the norm. Too busy for relationships? Nonsense, says Brehony. You have as many hours in a day as everyone else.  Perfect your small-talk skills, she advises. "It is the conduit through which strangers become acquaintances and acquaintances become friends."
 --Andrea Sachs

From the Sep. 08, 2003 issue of TIME magazine

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