We all experience moments when we feel isolated and alone. A 2006 Purdue University study found that twenty-five percent of Americans cannot name a single person they feel close to. Yet every single one of us is hardwired for close relationships. The key to more satisfying relationships—be it with a significant other, a family member, or a colleague—is to strengthen the neural pathways in our brains that encourage closeness and connection. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Banks gives us a road map for developing the four distinct neural pathways in the brain that underlie the four most important ingredients for close relationships: calmness, acceptance, emotional resonance, and energy. Wired to Connect gives you the tools you need to strengthen the parts of your brain that encourage connection and to heal the neural damage that disconnection can cause.
Amy Banks, MD, was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a founding scholar of the International Center for Growth in Connection. Her clinical practice specializes in relational psychopharmacology and therapy for people who suffer from chronic disconnection. Dr. Banks recently published Fighting Time (2021), a remarkable accounting of her family’s progression through almost four decades of dealing with the double-barreled trauma of her father’s murder and their realization that the 16-year-old black boy who was wrongfully convicted of the murder needed their help to find justice and freedom.
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