Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters: The Power of Romantic Passion

Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters: The Power of Romantic Passion

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ISBN-13: 9781585622405
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Pages: 405
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ethel S. Person, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Reprint EditionIntroductionPART I: The Experience of Romantic LoveChapter 1. Falling in LoveChapter 2. Love Realized: The Idyllic PhaseChapter 3. Love's Divided Nature: The Pleasure and Pain of Romantic LovePART II: The Aims of LoveChapter 4. How Love Develops: Love Dialogues and the Life CycleChapter 5. The Creative Synthesis in LovePART III: The Paradoxes and Struggles Inherent in LoveChapter 6. Self-Surrender: Transcendence Versus EnslavementChapter 7. The Link Between Love and PowerChapter 8. Disillusionment Chapter 9. TrianglesPART IV: The Gender Difference in LoveChapter 10. Transference Love and Romantic LoveChapter 11. Modes of Self-Realization: Women and Romance, Men and PowerPART V: The Fate of LoveChapter 12. Unhappy Love: Experience and ConsequencesChapter 13. Love That Enriches, Love That EnduresFinal Thoughts: Romantic Love as an Agent of ChangeNotesReferencesIndex

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Molly Haskell

In setting out to rescue love from its devaluation in an age of science and celebrate its transformative power, Person doesn't sidestep the destructive powers of love, but rather makes you sit up over and over again at love's sheer inventiveness, complexity, and variety. She brings a psychoanalyst's insight to bear on the roots of love in childhood feelings, bridging the gap between specialist and general reader, and further enriches her argument with well-chosen case studies, examples form popular culture and the luminous testimony of poets and lovers. You'll find yourself reexamining your own experiences and understanding more about love, not just as an occasional passionate interlude, but as a powerful and abiding fantasy that drives so much of our dreaming and waking lives.

(film critic and author of Love and Other Infectious Diseases: A Memoir and Holding My Own in No Man's Land: Women and Men in Film and Feminists)

film critic and author of Love and Other Infectiou Molly Haskell

In setting out to rescue love from its devaluation in an age of science and celebrate its transformative power, Person doesn't sidestep the destructive powers of love, but rather makes you sit up over and over again at love's sheer inventiveness, complexity, and variety. She brings a psychoanalyst's insight to bear on the roots of love in childhood feelings, bridging the gap between specialist and general reader, and further enriches her argument with well-chosen case studies, examples form popular culture and the luminous testimony of poets and lovers. You'll find yourself reexamining your own experiences and understanding more about love, not just as an occasional passionate interlude, but as a powerful and abiding fantasy that drives so much of our dreaming and waking lives.

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