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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
Let's Talk About Loneliness is a brave, inspirational, and must-read book about the loneliness crisis and the importance of human connection in the digital age. Simone Heng is an Asian woman who grew up in an Asian household in a Western country. Her childhood was emotionally exhausting. Her need for love and affection was never met, and the rules set by her mother and culture disconnected her from her identity. In this book, Simone reveals her childhood trauma and offers tools and techniques that helped her on her own journey of healing. She discusses self-connection, disconnection, how loneliness affects the brain, the power of apologizing sincerely in relationships, the five types of connection we all need, different categories of loneliness, the effects of childhood trauma on how we connect with others, and more. Every chapter ends with practical connection challenges that can guide readers to take action to improve their social connectedness.
Written in a personal, honest, and relatable voice, Let's Talk About Loneliness is timely for those struggling with loneliness, isolation, or a lack of belonging. Simone Heng, a human connection specialist, offers direction with compassion on how we can create the genuine connections we all crave. Many will relate to Simone's story. I also experienced the shock and heartbreak of seeing one of my authoritative and strict parents in their most vulnerable position, disconnected from their identity. This book is for those who grew up with excessive parental pressure, craving approval, validation and love from their parents but never receiving any. It will help them feel less alone and connect better with themselves and others. It will teach them how to build meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.