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

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Yet is finding love really so straightforward? As Andrew Trees reveals in Decoding Love, this romantic story line has shaped our thinking about relationships for centuries, but the fairy tale is deeply flawed. Despite what we have been taught to believe the game of love is much more complex, and there are fundamental forces...

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Overview

Relationships should be so simple: You meet someone. You fall in love. If all goes well, that person falls in love with you. And you live happily ever after.

Yet is finding love really so straightforward? As Andrew Trees reveals in Decoding Love, this romantic story line has shaped our thinking about relationships for centuries, but the fairy tale is deeply flawed. Despite what we have been taught to believe the game of love is much more complex, and there are fundamental forces at work that we are only dimly aware of. In fact, researchers today are making fascinating, and often shocking, discoveries about how, why, and when we choose our partners.

In this lively and playful examination, Trees draws from the latest studies in economics, neurochemistry, game theory, evolutionary psychology, and other fields to take on a topic we all think we understand-how we fall in love-and turn it on its head. In Decoding Love you'll find surprising scientific findings about attraction, such as:

How certain perfume scents can make you seem slimmer

A mathematical theory that determines the average number of people you need to date before finding Mr. or Ms. Right

Why human testicle size is an indicator of our promiscuous past

How economic markets can be used to understand dating

When fear can play a role as a catalyst for attraction

Why birth control pills can drastically alter a woman's choice of partner and more

Trees knocks our preconceived notions of romance off their pedestals and opens our eyes to a whole new take on love-one that's amusing, astonishing, and may even increase your chances of finding that special someone.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781583333310
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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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    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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