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Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Publication date February 1, 2004
Pages 320
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805069136
ISBN-10 0805069135
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 11 in.
Weight 1.28 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $25.00
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Summary
A revolutionary new study of the origins of love based on physiological research probes the human brain for insights into the origins of the sex drive, romance, and attraction, while also offering practical advice on how to control and channel these desires into healthy pursuits. 60,000 first printing.
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A groundbreaking exploration of our most complex and mysterious emotion

Elation, mood swings, sleeplessness, and obsession—these are the tell-tale signs of someone in the throes of romantic passion. In this revealing new book, renowned anthropologist Helen Fisher explains why this experience—which cuts across time, geography, and gender—is a force as powerful as the need for food or sleep.

Why We Love begins by presenting the results of a scientific study in which Fisher scanned the brains of people who had just fallen madly in love. She proves, at last, what researchers had only suspected: when you fall in love, primordial areas of the brain “light up” with increased blood flow, creating romantic passion. Fisher uses this new research to show exactly what you experience when you fall in love, why you choose one person rather than another, and how romantic love affects your sex drive and your feelings of attachment to a partner. She argues that all animals feel romantic attraction, that love at first sight comes out of nature, and that human romance evolved for crucial reasons of survival. Lastly, she offers concrete suggestions on how to control this ancient passion, and she optimistically explores the future of romantic love in our chaotic modern world.

Provocative, enlightening, and persuasive, Why We Love offers radical new answers to the age-old question of what love is and thus provides invaluable new insights into keeping love alive.


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from Henry Holt & Co (February 1, 2004)
9780805069136 | details & prices | 320 pages | 6.50 × 11.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.28 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A study of the origins of love probes the human brain for insights into the origins of the sex drive, romance, and attraction, while offering advice on how to channel these desires into healthy pursuits.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (January 2, 2005)
9780805077964 | details & prices | 301 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $17.99
About: A revolutionary new study of the origins of love based on physiological research probes the human brain for insights into the origins of the sex drive, romance, and attraction, while also offering practical advice on how to control and channel these desires into healthy pursuits.

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