Connection is a crucial part of well-being, no matter what culture we are from or communities we are part of. Connection is the act of seeing and being seen, of living in and acknowledging physical, emotional, and spiritual interdependence with one another. But even though it’s a necessary, natural part of living in human community, it is still a skill that we can struggle with and want to improve on.
A psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher explores the science of connection—why we need it, how we’ve lost it, and how we might find it again. We are suffering from an epidemic of disconnection that antidepressants and social media can’t fix.
First off, Oprah sets the stage to connect literally. Unlike many other TV show hosts, she is famous for walking the aisles of her studio audience and for sitting on the same couch as her guests. Later on, she would actually go into their homes for intimate interviews.
Murthy’s prescient message is about the importance of human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health, and the social power of community Humans are social creatures: In this simple and obvious fact lies both the problem and the solution to the current crisis of loneliness.