Federal funding for research on interpersonal relationships and marriage has always been scant, and politicians have ridiculed and targeted those who have secured federal funding. Things may finally be changing as industry begins to step-in to fill this gap.
We are at a momentous period in human history. We need to accelerate the rate of basic research advancement if humankind is to deal successfully with looming challenges and unforeseen problems. To accomplish this, we need to help scientists and universities develop new institutional frameworks and to promote cultural changes to permit work beyond the current disciplinary silos and intellectual straight-jackets imposed by the traditional divisions and contingencies in research universities.
The notion that "what is good for me is good for society" has been a mainstay in economics for the past four decades, but humans are not motivated solely by self interests. We survive and prosper as a species through collective concerns and actions.
What can be done to escape the grips of loneliness? In Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, we suggest four simple steps, captured in the acronym EASE, for dealing with chronic loneliness.
What is our fundamental human nature? Humans create and depend on emergent organizations beyond the individual- structures ranging from dyads and families to institutions and cultures. These emergent structures evolved hand in hand with neural and hormonal mechanisms to support them because the consequent social behaviors helped these organisms survive, reproduce, and care for offspring sufficiently long that they too reproduced.