New PDF release: A Book About Love

By Jonah Lehrer

ISBN-10: 1476761396

ISBN-13: 9781476761398

“Jonah Lehrer has much to supply the world….The ebook is fascinating on approximately each page….Good writers make writing glance effortless, yet what humans like Lehrer do isn't effortless at all.” —David Brooks, The ny instances booklet Review

Science author Jonah Lehrer explores the mysterious topic of love.

Weaving jointly clinical experiences from scientific psychologists, longitudinal reviews of future health and happiness, old debts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of on-line relationship websites, Jonah Lehrer’s A publication approximately Love plumbs the main mysterious, so much formative, most crucial impulse governing our lives.

Love confuses and compels us—and it could possibly damage and outline us. It has encouraged our best poetry, outlined our societies and our ideals, and governs our biology. From the way in which babies connect to their mom and dad, to the best way we fall in love with another individual, to the way in which a few discover a love for God or their pets, to the way in which we take into account and mourn love after it ends, this ebook makes a speciality of learn that makes an attempt, even in glancing methods, to house the long term and the typical. the main risky fantasy of affection is that it’s effortless, that we fall into the sensation after which the sensation looks after itself. whereas we will be able to simply degree the dopamine that reasons the preliminary emotions of “falling” in love, the partnerships and devotions that final a long time or longer stay a secret. This e-book is set that secret. Love, Lehrer argues, isn't really outfitted exclusively on overwhelming ardour, yet, fascinatingly, on a suite of abilities to be cultivated over an entire life.

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However, Derek’s medical file contained one notable event: when he was eighteen months old, Derek was hospitalized for nine months with diphtheria. He was completely isolated from his family, cut off from everyone he loved. According to Derek’s mother, this separation changed her son. When he returned home, he called her “nurse” and refused to eat. 35 Derek’s story led Bowlby to review the histories of his other thieving patients. What he discovered next would define the rest of his career. According to the case files, approximately 85 percent of “affectionless” children prone to stealing had also suffered, like Derek, from a prolonged separation in early childhood.

He was one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century,2 yet Watson insisted that the feeling was just a fantasy, a fairy tale, a four-letter word used to sell lipstick and sonnets and movie tickets. If love were real, he said, then it must be measurable, a cause with tangible effects. But Watson concluded that love was not like that—it could not be held in the hand or weighed on a scale—and so he declared it an empty cliché, as useless as poetry. His doubt led to a discovery.

It’s also a fantasy. Real life is lived in prose. This book is about real life, an attempt to detail all the hard work that love requires. It’s not a memoir or a how-to manual. But it is an investigation with selfish motives, an attempt to learn about this feeling that has sustained me. When I write that love survives, even in hard times, I am not summarizing an abstract truth. I am telling you what happened to me. My favorite part of every scientific paper comes at the end, when the researchers qualify all of their claims.

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