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Feeling Loved: The Science of Nurturing Meaningful Connections and Building Lasting Happiness by Jeanne Segal, PhD

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Introduction: Love Is an Experience Everyone Needs—and Can Have

Have you ever seen others giving and receiving love around you, feeling like you’re on the outside looking in? Like staring at paradise behind a locked gate, you can see heaven yet feel as though it’s out of reach. Similarly, there seems to be a barrier between you and the experience of love, and you long and ache for it. Here’s a secret: You’re not imagining it, and you are not alone. Science reveals that the desire to feel loved is real and universal—even if we can’t always seem to get our arms around it. And though we may do things that interfere with our ability to feel loved, we’re not hopeless. Research in brain science and early child development and new emotional inroads ...

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