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Missing Each Other

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In our fast-paced, tech-obsessed lives, rarely do we pay genuine, close attention to one another. With all that's going on in the world, and the never-ending demands of our daily lives, most of us are too stressed and preoccupied with our own thoughts and worries to be able to really listen to each other for long. Often, we seem to somehow "miss" each other, misunderstand each other or talk past each other. Our ability to tune in to ourselves and to others seems to be withering. Many of us are left wishing for someone who could really listen, understand, and genuinely connect with us.

In Missing Each Other, researchers and clinicians Edward Brodkin and Ashley Pallathra argue that we must find the ability to be in tune with each other again, and they show you how. Based on years of clinical research that they have conducted, the authors take a wide-ranging and surprising journey through fields as diverse as social neuroscience and autism research, music performance, pro basketball and tai chi.

These stories introduce the four principal components of attunement: Relaxed Awareness, Listening, Understanding and Mutual Responsiveness. They outline the science, research and biology underlying these pillars of human connection, and give practical exercises through which you can improve their own skills and abilities in each.