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From the Ted Talk by Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

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Loneliness creates a deep psychological wonud, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thkinnig. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It make us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand? I was in the grips of real loneliness back then, but I was surrounded by people all day, so it never ocrcured to me. But loneliness is dfieend purely subjectively. It depends solely on whether you feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. And I did. There is a lot of research on loneliness, and all of it is horrifying. Loneliness won't just make you miserable; it will kill you. I'm not kidding. corihnc loneliness increases your likelihood of an early dteah by 14 prcneet. Fourteen percent! Loneliness causes high boold pressure, high cholesterol. It even suppress the functioning of your immune system, making you vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and diseases. In fact, scientists have concluded that taken together, chronic loneliness poses as sgficiainnt a risk for your long-term health and longevity as cigarette smoking. Now, cigarette packs come with warnings saying, "This could kill you." But lseenonlis doesn't. And that's why it's so important that we prioritize our psychological hleath, that we practice emotional hygiene. Because you can't taret a pyscgaiholcol wound if you don't even know you're injured. Loneliness isn't the only psychological wound that distorts our perceptions and misleads us.

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Loneliness creates a deep psychological _____, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our ________. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It make us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand? I was in the grips of real loneliness back then, but I was surrounded by people all day, so it never ________ to me. But loneliness is _______ purely subjectively. It depends solely on whether you feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. And I did. There is a lot of research on loneliness, and all of it is horrifying. Loneliness won't just make you miserable; it will kill you. I'm not kidding. _______ loneliness increases your likelihood of an early _____ by 14 _______. Fourteen percent! Loneliness causes high _____ pressure, high cholesterol. It even suppress the functioning of your immune system, making you vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and diseases. In fact, scientists have concluded that taken together, chronic loneliness poses as ___________ a risk for your long-term health and longevity as cigarette smoking. Now, cigarette packs come with warnings saying, "This could kill you." But __________ doesn't. And that's why it's so important that we prioritize our psychological ______, that we practice emotional hygiene. Because you can't _____ a _____________ wound if you don't even know you're injured. Loneliness isn't the only psychological wound that distorts our perceptions and misleads us.

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  5. health
  6. blood
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  8. defined
  9. wound
  10. loneliness
  11. significant
  12. psychological
  13. thinking

Original Text

Loneliness creates a deep psychological wound, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thinking. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It make us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand? I was in the grips of real loneliness back then, but I was surrounded by people all day, so it never occurred to me. But loneliness is defined purely subjectively. It depends solely on whether you feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. And I did. There is a lot of research on loneliness, and all of it is horrifying. Loneliness won't just make you miserable; it will kill you. I'm not kidding. Chronic loneliness increases your likelihood of an early death by 14 percent. Fourteen percent! Loneliness causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol. It even suppress the functioning of your immune system, making you vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and diseases. In fact, scientists have concluded that taken together, chronic loneliness poses as significant a risk for your long-term health and longevity as cigarette smoking. Now, cigarette packs come with warnings saying, "This could kill you." But loneliness doesn't. And that's why it's so important that we prioritize our psychological health, that we practice emotional hygiene. Because you can't treat a psychological wound if you don't even know you're injured. Loneliness isn't the only psychological wound that distorts our perceptions and misleads us.

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