We, Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love

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Provides an illuminating explanation of the origins and meaning of romantic love and shows how a proper understanding of its psychological dynamics can revitalize our most important relationships.

"An elegantly constructed superior inquiry into the psychology of life."--ALA Booklist

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Overview

Provides an illuminating explanation of the origins and meaning of romantic love and shows how a proper understanding of its psychological dynamics can revitalize our most important relationships.

"An elegantly constructed superior inquiry into the psychology of life."--ALA Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062504364
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1985
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 335,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Johnson, a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, is also the author of He, She, We, Inner Work, Ecstasy, Transformation, and Owning Your Own Shadow.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Sources and Translation of the Myth vii
A Note for Women ix
Introduction xi
On Myths 1
Part I The Narrative: How Tristan Was Born and Grew Up to Be a Great Knight 9
1 Blanchefleur 16
2 The Child of Sadness 21
3 Islands of Consciousness, Seas of God 25
4 The Sword and the Harp 29
Part II The Narrative: How Tristan Was Conquered by the Wine of Love 37
5 Approaching the Wine 43
6 The Wine of Herbs 50
7 Iseult the Fair 62
8 The Love Potion in History 68
9 Guile and Force 74
Part III The Narrative: How Tristan and Iseult Wandered in the Enchanted Orchard 83
10 The Queen of the Inner World 92
11 Deceit Beneath the Pine 96
12 The Fourth Year of Morois 105
Part IV The Narrative: How Tristan Found Iseult of the White Hands and How Love and Death at Last Were Mixed 119
13 Puzzles and Paradoxes 128
14 Iseult of the Earth 133
15 Suffering and Death 146
16 Iseult-Maya: The Dance of Illusion 157
Conclusion
17 The White Bison Spirit Woman 168
18 The Dream of the Bell of the Holy Virgin 179
19 Of Human Love 189
Bibliography 202
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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    AMAZING!

    The third of Robert A. Johnson's books. My favorite being his books on dreams. This book clearly explains our false notion of romantic love and how we should be searching for wholeness of our own psyche rather than expecting another human being to complete us. Transformational for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    There is a reason We is a classic. I couldn┬┐t put this book down

    There is a reason We is a classic. I couldn’t put this book down while I read it and I have been recommending it to friends since finishing it. For those searching for happiness with another, “We” is helpful because it is accessible, powerful, and enlightening.




    Since reading We, my husband and I have worked to ground our marriage with what Johnson calls: “stirring the oatmeal”… an expression I love! By removing our projections of the perfect partner and consciously appreciating the other’s flaws, we remember that authentic love is humble and long lasting, like oatmeal. It’s so much better than the instant gratification of cereal and milk, which leaves you hungry way before lunch! But really, there is so much Johnson helps you see about our culture that makes it so hard to love! He claims that romantic love is an “unholy muddle of two holy loves” and says that “by some trick of psychological evolution our culture has muddled the two loves in a potion of romantic love and has nearly lost them both.”




    Johnson has a trademark writing style, which can also be found in his books titled He and She. In We, he uses the ancient, mythological narrative of two lovers, Tristan and Iseult, to explore the origins of romantic love and what it is, how it has infiltrated our Western psyche and affects our relationships with ourselves and others, and what we should do about it. The author is also a renowned Jungian analyst, which is incorporated into his examination of the subconscious and how relationships deteriorate into egotism.




    I really liked We, and I hope you will too. The only issues I had was that it focused on the male psychology a bit more than female in the relationship. For more reading on this subject, I would recommend: Ehrich Neumann’s Amor and Psyche, which is a classic examination of the role love plays in female psychology and Impossible Love or Why the Heart Must Go Wrong by Jan Bauer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Outstanding

    This book clearly explains projection and the historical roots of romantic love as it has evolved in current culture. What an eye opener!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005

    Read this book!

    I am not a phsychologist, but want to know life like one. This book is a door to that self-knowledge. An excellent, simple, yet profound text. Not for one looking for surface reading. A true life-changing book!

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