Thursday, September 22, 2016

Are You Genetically Lonesome Tonight?

Do you have lonely genes?
Physical pain alerts us to potential tissue damage and motivates us to take care of our bodies.

Equally, loneliness sets off a warning system that alerts us of damage to our 'social bodies', lead researcher Dr Abraham Palmer explained in the study published on September 15 by Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr Palmer, professor of psychiatry and vice chair for basic research at UC San Diego School of Medicine, said each individual has a preferred social situation, that they compare to their actual life.

This is different for everyone.

'For two people with the same number of close friends and family, one might see their social structure as adequate while the other doesn't,' Dr Palmer said.

'And that's what we mean by "genetic predisposition to loneliness" - we want to know why, genetically speaking, one person is more likely than another to feel lonely, even in the same situation.'
Your genes just want company-but what if other genes don't want to associate with them?

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