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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.



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