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This original and lucid account of the complexities of love and its essential role in human well-being draws on the latest scientific research. 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.

A General Theory of Love demonstrates 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.

©2000 T. Lewis, F. Amini, and R. Lannon (P)2017 Tantor

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"Three psychiatry professors cover an impressive vista of research and clinical insights from Freud to contemporary neuroscience...the book is well written and provides a credible introduction to the neuroscience of emotions." (Library Journal)

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Excellent book explaining how love and attachment have their physiological basis in our nervous systems. Demonstrates the connection between the physical body and emotions. The language used is very sophisticated and may not be accessible to all listeners, but the main ideas do come across. The performance was fine, not as intolerable as others but also not enjoyable to my ear.

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Head-spinning

From the development of earthly brains to the scientific subtleties of crucial infant-caregiver bonds to the symptoms of (what I consider ailing) human cultures, this book has explains my own life, what I experienced interacting with children as a public school teacher, and gives insight into our culture's most disturbing institutions and current events. This book provides the many studies that explain and prove: Yes, we live in a broken-hearted culture. (The answer to which is love.)