‘Like the purpose of hunger’

Both from the Sunday Longreads email yesterday. First, “What Happened When I Tried to Cut the Negative People Out of My Life” and, wonderfully, spoiler-alert, it turns out people aren’t the thing you need to cut out of your life. Second, “How Loneliness Begets Loneliness” and how to break the cycle.

Says a University of Chicago psychologist who’s written a book on loneliness: “The purpose of loneliness is like the purpose of hunger. Hunger takes care of your physical body. Loneliness takes care of your social body, which you also need to survive and prosper. We’re a social species.”

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