- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (9 January 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375709223
- ISBN-13: 978-0375709227
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A General Theory of Love (Vintage) Paperback – 9 Jan 2001
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"An insightful look at the science of human emotions. . . . A rare example of the fusing of scientific rigor with literary eloquence." --San Fransisco Examiner
"Bold. . . . Eminently readable. . . . Convincingly connects love and biology." --The Washington Post Book World
"A lovely, furious book. . . . It puts love right where we're not used to finding it--in the company of physics and economics as a suitable object of study. . . . Comparisons to Oliver Sacks and Lewis Thomas become inevitable." --San Francisco Chronicle
"In elegant prose . . . [the authors] argue why we need a culture attuned to the ways of the heart." –Entertainment Weekly
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Drawing comparisons to the most eloquent science writing of our day, three eminent psychiatrists tackle the difficult task of reconciling what artists and thinkers have known for thousands of years about the human heart with what has only recently been learned about the primitive functions of the human brain. The result is an original, lucid, at times moving account of the complexities of love and its essential role in human well-being.
A General Theory of Love draws on the latest scientific research to demonstrate that our nervous systems are not self-contained: from earliest childhood, our brains actually link with those of the people close to us, in a silent rhythm that alters the very structure of our brains, establishes life-long emotional patterns, and makes us, in large part, who we are. Explaining how relationships function, how parents shape their child's developing self, how psychotherapy really works, and how our society dangerously flouts essential emotional laws, this is a work of rare passion and eloquence that will forever change the way you think about human intimacy.
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That being said, it is a worthwhile book. Most people will enjoy reading it, and many will be informed and/or feel uplifted. The authors point out that the limbic brain, the part of the brain that we share with all mammals and that controls emotion, is a very important part of who we are. It cannot be ignored. The overall message of the book is certainly worth hearing.
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In short, whether you're a happy, well-adjusted person, or a total mess wondering what went wrong in your life to leave you this way, you'll learn a lot from this book.
Note: I would have given this book 5 stars except for their use of backwards endnotes, which are frustratingly difficult to trace back to their referents.
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