The New Psychology of Love / Edition 1

The New Psychology of Love / Edition 1

by Robert J. Sternberg, Karin Weis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300116977

ISBN-13: 9780300116977

Pub. Date: 09/18/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

Love ... What is it? Can we define it? What is its role in our lives? What causes love, and what dooms it? No single theory adequately answers all our questions about the nature of love, yet there are many theories that can contribute to our understanding of it. This fascinating book presents the full range of psychological theories on love - biological,

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Love ... What is it? Can we define it? What is its role in our lives? What causes love, and what dooms it? No single theory adequately answers all our questions about the nature of love, yet there are many theories that can contribute to our understanding of it. This fascinating book presents the full range of psychological theories on love - biological, taxonomical, implicit, cultural - updated with the latest research in the field.

The essays in this book - a follow-up to Robert Sternberg's The Psychology of Love, originally published in 1988 - are written by more than a dozen expert contributors, including Sternberg, David Buss, and Helen Fisher, and address questions about defining love, the evidence for competing theories, and practical implications. Taken together, these essays offer a comprehensive and engaging comparison of contemporary data and theories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300116977
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/18/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2A dynamical evolutionary view of love15
3A behavioral systems approach to romantic love relationships : attachment, caregiving, and sex35
4The evolution of love65
5The drive to love : the neural mechanism for mate selection87
6A biobehavioral model of attachment and bonding116
7Styles of romantic love149
8Searching for the meaning of "love"171
9A duplex theory of love184
10Giving and receiving communal responsiveness as love200
11A prototype approach to studying love225
12Evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives on love : the influence of gender, personality, and local ecology on emotional investment in romantic relationships249
13Passionate love : cross-cultural and evolutionary perspectives274
14Individualism, collectivism, and the psychology of love298
15Conclusion : the nature and interrelations of theories of love313

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