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The Science of Building Genuine Friendships - David Robson (Video)

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In this 20 June 2024 video from Modern Wisdom, host Chris Williamsaon talks with David Robson, a science writer, journalist, and an author.

Loneliness is the real pandemic. Many people yearn for connection but struggle to hold onto it. David has uncovered 13 laws of human connection which you can apply to build and deepen relationships with the people in your life.

Expect to learn whether we are actually in a loneliness crisis, how solitude impacts our health, why people are struggling to make deeper connections, how you can express appreciation more freely to others, how you can heal bad feelings, why asking for help is important, why it’s so important get better at forgiving others and more.


00:00 Are We in a Loneliness Crisis?
04:09 How Important is Social Connection?
09:33 The Expectation Effect in Loneliness
13:40 Impact of Loneliness on Creativity & Finances
18:13 Quality or Quantity of Friends?
25:21 Categorising People as Introvert & Extrovert
33:31 Developing the Art of Conversation
44:10 How to Express Appreciation Better
48:33 Why You Need More Self-Compassion
58:29 The Novelty Penalty in Storytelling
1:03:12 Does Lying Ever Have Value?
1:10:56 How Much Should You Talk About Successes?
1:18:55 Why You Should Ask for Help More
1:24:27 Overcoming the Gratitude Gap
1:28:17 How to Heal Bad Feelings With Others
1:35:40 David’s Favourite Study From the Book
1:40:15 Where to Find David

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