Social connection

Social connection is the experience of feeling close and connected to others. It involves feeling loved, cared for, and valued,[1] and forms the basis of interpersonal relationships.

Increasingly, social connection is understood as a core human need, and the desire to connect as a fundamental drive.[2][3] It is crucial to development; without it, social animals experience distress and face severe developmental consequences.[4] In humans, one of the most social species, social connection is essential to nearly every aspect of health and well-being. Lack of connection, or loneliness, has been linked to inflammation,[5] accelerated aging and cardiovascular health risk,[6] suicide,[7] and all these factors cause mortality.[8]

Feeling socially connected is related to the quality and number of connections one has with family, friends, and acquaintances. Going beyond the individual level, it also involves a feeling of connecting to a larger community. Connectedness on a community level benefits both individuals and society.[9]

Related terms

Social support is the help, advice, and comfort that we receive from those with whom we have stable, positive relationships.[10] Importantly, it appears to be the perception, or feeling, of being supported, rather than objective number of connections, that appears to buffer stress and affect our health and psychology most strongly.[11][12]

Close relationships refer to those relationships between friends or romantic partners that are characterized by love, caring, commitment, and intimacy.[13]

Attachment is a deep emotional bond between two people, a "lasting psychological connectedness between human beings."[14] Attachment theory, developed by John Bowlby during the 1950s, is a theory that remains influential in psychology today.

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