Essay The Theory Of Social Bonds

1589 Words Dec 7th, 2015 7 Pages
As part of human nature, we’re all very familiar with the “little voice” inside of our heads that is constantly evaluating others, our social world, and ourselves. This little voice is not always the kindest and often, we feel the backlash of our own words. In individuals who are lonely, the frequency and effects of self-talk are amplified. Reichl, Schneider, & Spinath evaluates the way people use self-talk as a substitute for social interaction and how it effects their functioning.
The physical and psychological well-being of humans places a great importance on the maintenance of social interactions. Humans are inclined to be social; the strong yearning to belong that most people experience is a result of both evolution and socialization. Evolutionarily speaking, forming social bonds was a means of survival. In present culture, the importance of relationships is greatly emphasized and a bad light is often cast on those who are isolated. The Belongingness Hypothesis asserts that human beings have an inescapable drive to establish and maintain at least a minimum quantity of lasting, positive, and significant interpersonal relationships. Loneliness occurs when this need to belong is cannot be satisfied. The unpleasant experience of loneliness is the result of either qualitatively deficient or quantitatively deficient social networks (Reichl, Schneider, & Spinath, 2012).
Because the discomfort associated with loneliness is so salient, people may counteract it and satisfy their…

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