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How to Build a Summer Reading List That Combats Loneliness and Despair

#1. Neurodivergent characters foster connectedness. Professor, author, and researcher Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, says, “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”I agree and believe that there’s joy associated with discovering connections, even connections with fictional characters.

If you feel like you’re always getting in trouble for forgetting your homework or fidgeting in class or just generally doing things “wrong,” reading about a character in the same boat could make you feel less alone — perhaps even seen, heard, and valued.#2. “Like Me” books may enable.

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