The Incurable Romantic: And Other Tales of Madness and Desire

The Incurable Romantic: And Other Tales of Madness and Desire

by Frank Tallis


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A psychologist explores the intersection of love and madness through the riveting stories of the patients he has treated

In The Incurable Romantic, Frank Tallis recounts the extraordinary stories of patients who are, quite literally, madly in love: a woman becomes utterly convinced that her dentist is secretly infatuated with her and drives him to leave the country; a man destroys his massive fortune through trysts with over three thousand prostitutes — because his ego requires that they fall in love with him; a beautiful woman's pathological jealousy destroys the men who love her. Along the way, we learn a great deal about the history of psychiatry and the role of neuroscience in addressing disordered love. Elegantly written and infused with deep sympathy, The Incurable Romantic shows how all of us can become a bit crazy in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541617551
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 806,995
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Frank Tallis is a clinical psychologist and the author of over fifteen books, including The Incurable Romantic: And Other Tales of Madness and Desire. He previously taught clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College, London. He lives in London and Bonnieux, France.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Barrister's Clerk: Love that accepts no denial 1

2 The Haunted Bedroom: Ageless passion 33

3 The Woman Who Wasn't There: Suspicion and destructive love 53

4 The Man Who Had Everything: Addicted to love 89

5 The Incurable Romantic: On the impossibility of perfect love 109

6 The American Evangelist: Sins of the flesh 141

7 The Stocking Game: Dr B and Fräulein O-a cautionary tale 169

8 Narcissus: Desire reflected 185

9 The Night Porter: Guilt and self-deception 205

10 The 'Good' Paedophile: Tainted love 241

11 The Couple: Improbable love 263

12 Brain Guts: Love dissected 271

Acknowledgments 281

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