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A General Theory of Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Not an enjoyable read for me. If you like to read "Modern n

    Not an enjoyable read for me. If you like to read "Modern neuroscience has been equally culpable of propagating an unappealing and soulless reductionism." this might be your kind of book. I was hoping for answer's about love and loneliness and why it hurt's. I do not enjoy all the big words & metaphor's. Like the poem in chapter one, you understand the deeper meaning or you don't. I did get the poem and enjoyed that much better. In my opinion, I don't even think these doctors will give their book to family members for a gift. Most people would not enjoy the way it is written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    This was so boring and unhelpful

    I am an avid nonfiction and self help books reader, and now w/a nook, I devour books like teens w/pizza. However, this is my first book review, b/c having read this, it irritated me so much that I felt compelled to post and warn others away from having a similar disappointment.

    This is the most boring and unhelpful book I've read in recent memory. Not only are the 'general theories' not presenting anything new (attachment styles influenced by primary care taker during formative years and all they basically comment is 'be careful of that, be attuned with and attentive to your kids' needs', and 'tsk tsk' type social commentaries w/little suggestion for recourse), but the writing style is so unnecessarily arduous to read, it seemed like the 3 authors were trying to one up each other by sounding smarter than the other, leaving the reader with very little substance, insight or practical information to show for the (what should be enjoyable but instead) painful work of getting through this book. Further, I found very little content related to the topic of love. It was neither philosophical, psychological, nor interesting... more so technical, disjointed compilations of research that makes no great point and rampant with pointless redundancies. My two thumbs are down for this book, along with an angry scowl. A measure of success to me would be finishing this book, esp. One with a title like this, leaving me feeling inspired, reflective, insight gained, and smiling... by that measure, this book was a total and complete fail. I want my money back!!!

    I recommend Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled (and I believe subject book tried to adopt similar approach as this one, using quotes, mythologies, etc. To open chapters/topics with... but the intrigue and relatedness are weak at best) and How We Fall in Love (forgot author's name... believe it's Paul)... But anyhow, save yourselves time, money and aggravation and pass this one... and I say this with complete sincerity, even Dr. Suess books hold more profound insights than this. I'm a book lover... except for this one!!! A book on love should not make me feel this angry and hateful after reading it!!!!!

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