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Wired to Connect: What About the Importance of Social Connection?

Human beings are inherently social creatures. As far back as we can trace, humans have traveled, hunted, and thrived in social groups for good reason. Humans who were separated from their tribe often suffered severe consequences. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity, and more than that, they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked.

Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.

~Brene Brown

Embrace the opportunity to connect and engage with our “conscious communities” today. Because real relationships happen here.

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Dennis Pitoccohttps://www.bizcatalyst360.com/
DENNIS is Founder & CEO & Reimaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —an award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via game-changing productions such as HopeFest 360°, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Everything Dennis does is carried out "for-good" vs. "for-profit", reflecting his belief that it’s time for a renaissance of pure, unbridled wonder. Time to renew in both our hearts and in our souls more joy, more kindness, more compassion, more understanding, and that magical sense of truly belonging to something greater than the status quo. And time to bring the spirit of “humanity at its very best” back to the forefront. More about his "backstory" HERE. Dennis is also a contributing author to the Best-Selling Book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Dennis,

    You speak my language. We are WIRED TO BE SOCIALLY CONNECTED, not “socially distanced.” The dilemma of our time is living through pandemic where the term “social distancing,” with its underlying message of “emotional distancing” has been thrown around like candy. Is it any wonder that mental health challenges have skyrocketed over the past 18 months?

    While we may have to keep our physical distance at times to protect against the spread of disease, we cannot afford to be socially or emotionally distant and disconnected. Rather, we must do all we can to stay socially and emotionally connected. Our survival depends on it.

    Great message!

  2. This seems to be the pressing dilemma of our time, the necessity of social connection Vs our need to differentiate and embark on our personal journey. It could be that the approval and affirmation of our tribe enables our exploration, while en-couraging us to be pioneers. It’s a very interesting time to be human. Thanks Dennis, for the opportunity to explore here.

  3. Dennis,
    Not only are you a great person to be connected with, but also a connection who leads and connects others. Your open invitations are genuine, sincere and uplifting, your door is always open, To have a place to come and gather is the needed space where we humans can finds what we are looking for and feed our need to belong. Thank you for that amazing gift and place of trust my friend .

    The primitive recognition of other humans introduced the need for value. Meeting and finding others that help you feel safe and secure add to your sense of value. That is the human connection that instinct needs for survival and influences our faith in humanity. Being human alone is lonely, being a human with others who you feel connected to is fundamental for your own sense pf worth.

    “Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked.”

  4. The human being has a fundamental need for social connections and belonging. The need for social connections is an adaptive trait and that is why, from my point of view, it has become the primary psychological need for individuals of our species: only within a group could our ancestors try to find access to the satisfaction of other basic needs.
    The success of digital technology is largely explained by this fundamental need for social connections that we inherited from our ancestors. Digital technologies are primarily aimed at “connecting” with others, whether they are known or unknown, near or far in physical space and time. They therefore respond to the constant “hunger” our mind has for social connections. They also do so without many of the cognitive costs that are typically associated with face-to-face relationships. A conversation with a colleague or partner requires the exercise of a certain degree of self-control which has a cost. They don’t involve the same cost of self-regulation (no one sees our face, our posture and how we are dressed) but they can respond to our mind’s constant need for connections.

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