A Book About Love

A Book About Love

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Weaving together scientific studies from clinical psychologists, longitudinal studies of health and happiness, historical accounts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of online dating sites, Jonah Lehrer's A Book About Love plumbs the most mysterious, most formative, most important impulse governing our lives. Love confuses and compels us--and it can destroy and define us. It has inspired our greatest poetry, defined our societies and our beliefs, and governs our biology. From the way infants attach to their parents, to the way we fall in love with another person, to the way some find a love for God or their pets, to the way we remember and mourn love after it ends, this book focuses on research that attempts, even in glancing ways, to deal with the long-term and the everyday. The most dangerous myth of love is that it's easy, that we fall into the feeling and then the feeling takes care of itself. While we can easily measure the dopamine that causes the initial feelings of "falling" in love, the partnerships and devotions that last decades or longer remain a mystery. This book is about that mystery. Love, Lehrer argues, is not built solely on overwhelming passion, but, fascinatingly, on a set of skills to be cultivated over a lifetime.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476761398
1476761396
Branch Call Number: 152.41 LEHRER
Characteristics: ix, 288 pages ; 23 cm

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ErikaCh
Jan 18, 2017

This book is so interesting to read. There are lot of research outcomes to support the arguments. The author was able to breakdown all the tedious long articles and made it quite fun to read. I have to admit I approached the book with the intention to read a lot about young adult love. Almost one third of the book explored the parenthood and family love. I myself was surprised that I enjoyed this part very much as well. There is also lots of citation from Jane Eyre's book. Also, it covers the topic of mental health, adoption, love for religious, even love in our memories.

Such a nice way all the research were put together. I will buy a copy for myself soon.

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