Lesson 17: Loneliness - Slide  4

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Relationships Are Memories

  • In our brains we carry a map of our relationships
  • Just knowing these relationships are there to hold us if we fail gives us a sense of peace
  • The opposite is a familiar experience we call loneliness
  • The emotions that relationships evoke affect our hormonal, chemical, and immune responses and through these our health and our resistance to disease
  • We are connected to our social world through our senses and our memories
  • Whether we are with others or alone, memories of relationships can trigger emotional responses


Pg 133, 134, Sternberg, Esther M., 2001, “The Balance Within,” W.H. Freeman and Company, New York.

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