Jason, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, talks about his struggle to overcome his problems with social interactions. Dr. Ami Klim explains the challenges people with Asperger's have with intuitive behavior.
Dr. John Cacioppo, who studies loneliness and social isolation, explains that loneliness is connected to mental and physical disorders.
America Ferrara, the star of the hit TV series Ugly Betty, shares a personal story about the isolation she felt in the early days of her acting career.
Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she chooses her friends and the value of those special relationships.
John McEnroe talks about the difficulty of maintaining friendships.
Actor John Leguizamo shares a personal story about how success altered his priorities and threatened his friendships.
Dr. Lane Strathearn describes the enduring nature of the mother-child bond and how that sets the stage for a lifetime of social connections.
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