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by Thomas Lewis, M.D., Fari Amini, M.D., Richard Lannon, M.D.

"The heart has its reasons whereof Reason knows nothing." In this fascinating account of the psychobiology of love, the authors uncover proof of Pascal's famous statement. Drawing on new scientific discoveries about the human brain, they describe the workings of our ancient, pivotal urge for intimacy, revealing 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 makes up the life force of the body. These wordless ties determine our mood, stabilize and maintain our health, and change the structure of our brains, so that, in a very real sense, who we are and who we become depend on whom we love.

A General Theory of Love applies these extraordinary insights to some of the most crucial issues we face, explaining how relationships function, how parents shape a child's developing self, how psychotherapy really works, what fosters violence in children, and how modern society dangerously flouts our most basic emotional laws. A work of rare originality, passion, and eloquence. A General Theory of Love will forever change the way you think about human intimacy.

A General Theory of Love

 By Thomas Lewis, M.D., Fari Amini, M.D., and Richard Lannon, M.D.

 

What is it about the concept of the human heart, when it meets the literal functioning of the human brain, that can turn a hug or a kiss on the cheek into a profoundly emotional experience? Three psychiatrists—Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon—take us on a natural history lesson of our deepest feelings. A General Theory of Love draws on the latest scientific research to explain how relationships are forged in childhood, how they function in adults—and how love is a necessary for healthy societies. The complexities of love, its effect on our anatomies and in culture is told eloquently and insightfully. Paperback, 288 pages.




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