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Decoding Love: Why It Takes Twelve Frogs to Find a Prince, and Other Revelations from the Science of Attraction [NOOK Book]

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Read Andrew Trees's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A smart, entertaining, and eye-opening look at the science of love, publishing for Valentine's Day

Relationships should be so simple. You meet someone. You fall in love. You live happily every after. This "romantic story line" has shaped our thinking about ...
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Decoding Love: Why It Takes Twelve Frogs to Find a Prince, and Other Revelations from the Science of Attraction

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Overview

Read Andrew Trees's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A smart, entertaining, and eye-opening look at the science of love, publishing for Valentine's Day

Relationships should be so simple. You meet someone. You fall in love. You live happily every after. This "romantic story line" has shaped our thinking about relationships for centuries. But the fairy tale is deeply flawed, and researchers today are making shocking discoveries about how and why we choose the people we love.

Drawing from the latest studies in economics, brain science, game theory, evolutionary psychology, and other fields, Decoding Love takes on a topic we all think we understand-how we fall in love-and illustrates that most of our assumptions are wrong. Along the way, Andrew Trees offers surprising new insights into the nature of attraction and desire, as well as an intimate look at the strange intersection of romance and the modern world of dating.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440685910
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,224,313
  • File size: 285 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Trees is the author of the novel Academy X. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities and he lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Romance and Its Discontents 1

1 The Dating Mind: What I Learned About Dating from Freud - Or at Least from the Subconscious 9

2 The Dating Animal: What I Learned About Dating from Darwin 33

2 1/2 The Dating Animal, Part II: How Dating Is What Makes Us Human or Darwin Reconsidered 69

A Brief Intermission to Consider the Question of Monogamy 86

3 The Dating Culture: What I Learned About Dating from Thorstein Veblen 94

3 1/2 The Dating Culture, Part II: What I Learned About Dating from Sex and the City 108

4 The Dating Game: What I Learned About Dating from Adam Smith 127

5 The Dating Dance: What I Learned About Dating from Hanging Out in Bars 167

A Second Brief Intermission to Focus - Finally - On the More Traditional Subject of a Book About Attraction: Practical Advice 202

6 The End of Dating: What I Learned About Marriage 218

Epilogue 247

Acknowledgments 249

Bibliographical Essay 251

Index 257

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Interesting Love facts

    This is the second book I recently checked out from the local library and then bought a few for my family. I'm making it "Highly Recommended" reading to my two young-adult sons and their steady girlfriends, and my wife. The other book I bought and gave them to read is What Men Say, What Women Hear, by a female psychologist. Decoding Love is by a male researcher who has tracked down lots of compelling scientific/data evidence for why men & women typically behave the way we do toward members of the opposite sex. Neither book, of course gives the entire story on how we become friends and lovers, but together they are powerful information that can encourage your lovelife. It's pretty funny, too, in places, so that's another reason why I so enjoyed and appreciated both books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Fascinating book on the dynamics of falling and staying in love

    I read this through just after a recent divorce a couple years back, and then read parts of it again over the last year.

    Lots of facts in here that break down the whole mystery of attraction to the opposite sex, love, falling in love and all the warm and fuzzy stuff into a science.

    Hard to imagine, but when you apply science to the whole love arena, I believe you remove much of the mystery and up your chances of finding and keeping the right mate, in fact it's worked for me...

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