Unlocking Us Logo Unlocking Us Logo
April 21, 2020

Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brené on
Loneliness and Connection

Have you ever struggled with feeling lonely – even when you’re surrounded by people you love? I have. It’s painful and confusing. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician and the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, about loneliness and the physical and emotional toll that social disconnection takes on us. We talk about his new book, TOGETHER, and what it takes for each of us to tilt the world toward love and connection.

Listen

http://Dr.%20Vivek%20Murthy%20and%20Brené%20on%20Loneliness%20and%20Connection

Guest Info

Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Murthy photo credit Meredith Nierman
photo credit Meredith Nierman

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from December 15, 2014 to April 21, 2017. As America’s Doctor, he called the nation’s attention to critical public health issues including the opioid epidemic, e-cigarettes, and emotional health and wellbeing.

As the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he oversaw a uniformed service of 6,600 officers dedicated to safeguarding the health of the nation.

Prior to serving in government, he conducted research on vaccine development and clinical trial participation and founded several organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education, rural health, physician advocacy, and clinical trial optimization.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty.

Dr. Murthy resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Alice Chen, and their two children.

Podcast guest Vivek Murthy shares 5 favorite songs!

Show Notes

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely WorldDr. Vivek H. Murthy, TOGETHER: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World 

TOGETHER is a book about the importance of human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health, and the social power of community. The timeliness of TOGETHER cannot be understated—as COVID-19 sweeps across the globe, the public health imperative is clear: to save lives, we need to radically increase the space between us. But will this crisis lead to social, as well as physical isolation? Will social distancing condemn us to loneliness and a “social recession?” Dr. Murthy believes healthy relationships are as essential as vaccines and ventilators for our global recovery and that we have the opportunity to fortify and strengthen our connections and communities during this crisis.

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. julianneholtlunstad.byu.edu

Emmy E. Werner, Ph.D. and Ruth S. Smith, M.A., An Epidemiologic Perspective on Some Antecedents and Consequences of Childhood Mental Health Problems and Learning Disabilities

VIEW TRANSCRIPT
X

Podcasts

Brené Brown Education and Research Group, LLC, owns the copyright in and to all content in and transcripts of the Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts, with all rights reserved, including right of publicity.

WHAT’S OK: You are welcome to share an excerpt from the episode transcript (up to 500 words but not more) in media articles (e.g., The New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian), in a non-commercial article or blog post (e.g., Medium), and/or on a personal social media account for non-commercial purposes, provided that you include proper attribution and link back to the podcast URL. For the sake of clarity, media outlets with advertising models are permitted to use excerpts from the transcript per the above.

WHAT’S NOT OK: No one is authorized to copy any portion of the podcast content or use Brené Brown’s name, image or likeness for any commercial purpose or use, including without limitation inclusion in any books, e-books, book summaries or synopses, or on a commercial website or social media site (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) that offers or promotes your or another’s products or services. For the sake of clarity, media outlets are permitted to use photos of Brené Brown from her Media Kit page or license photos from Getty Images, etc.

CLICK TO CONTINUE
Back to Unlocking Us Main Page
Go back