CHAPTER 3PEOPLE ARE STRANGE

The Power of Relationships

LEGEND HAS IT THAT JIM MORRISON—POET, SONGWRITER, SINGER, AND 1960s rock icon—met fellow bandmate Robbie Krieger one afternoon at the latter’s house, and the two of them went for a walk on Lookout Mountain above Laurel Canyon to watch the sun set. Morrison was depressed, and his mood and the California vista inspired him to write the lyrics to what would become one of The Doors’ signature songs. This song about loneliness and alienation reflects a fundamental truth about human nature: We are social creatures. We need connection with other human beings. And an interesting fact about us is that when we form those connections—when we establish a history with other people—we are more likely to ...

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