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The boy who loved too much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

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What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D'Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help his peers navigate adolescence more safely-and vastly more successfully. Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the world and its dangers or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person. By intertwining Eli and Gayle's story with the science and history of Williams syndrome, the book explores the genetic basis of behavior and the quirks of human nature. More than a case study of a rare disorder, however, The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different.
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subject_facetFriendship in children -- Case studies
Social interaction in children -- Case studies
Williams syndrome -- Patients -- Case studies
title_displayThe boy who loved too much : a true story of pathological friendliness
title_fullThe Boy Who Loved Too Much A True Story of Pathological Friendliness
The boy who loved too much : a true story of pathological friendliness / Jennifer Latson
title_shortThe boy who loved too much
title_subA True Story of Pathological Friendliness
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Family & Relationships
Friendship in children
Nonfiction
Patients
Social interaction in children
Sociology
Williams syndrome