ISBN-10:
0393323730
ISBN-13:
9780393323733
Pub. Date:
02/28/2003
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time

Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time

by Stephen A. Mitchell
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Overview

"A beautiful and brilliant reexamination of love and its perils."—Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe


Common wisdom has it that love is fragile, but leading psychoanalyst Stephen A. Mitchell argues that romance doesn't actually diminish in long-term relationships—it becomes increasingly dangerous. What we regard as the transience of love is really risk management. Mitchell shows that love can endure, if only we become aware of our self-destructive efforts to protect ourselves from its risks. "Those who read this book will love more wisely because of it."—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon "[A] work on romance that is rich and multi-layered."—Publishers Weekly "Cheerful, open, and humane—you'd definitely have wanted him as your analyst."—Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review "[T]houghtful, compassionate, and profoundly optimistic."—JoAnn Gutin, Salon.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393323733
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 589,916
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen A. Mitchell died in 2000 at the pinnacle of his career as a theorist and clinician. He is the author of Freud and Beyond.

Table of Contents

Foreword11
Introduction21
1.Safety and Adventure31
2.The Strange Loops of Sexuality58
3.Idealization, Fantasy, and Illusions93
4.Aggression and the Danger of Desire119
5.Guilt and Self-Pity145
6.Control and Commitment in Romantic Love172
Notes202
Index217

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