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Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love.

Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now. Attachment theory owes its inception to British psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, who in the 1950s examined the tremendous impact that our early relationships with our parents or caregivers has on the people we become. Also central to attachment theory is the discovery that our need to be in a close relationship with one or more individuals is embedded in our genes.

In Attached, Levine and Heller trace how these evolutionary influences continue to shape who we are in our relationships today. According to attachment theory, every person behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways: "anxious" people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back. "Avoidant" people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness. "Secure" people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving. Attached guides listeners in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mates) follow. It also offers a wealth of advice on how to navigate relationships more wisely, given a listener's attachment style and that of his or her partner. An insightful look at the science behind love, Attached offers a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections.

©2010 Amir Levine, M.D., Rachel Heller, M.A. (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

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Good book

What did you love best about Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

It raises your awareness of your own weaknesses. Clearer understanding of who you are and just as important what traits the person you are dealing with has that can signal a red flag.

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clear voice nice to listen to. He's voice is charming and soothing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Plenty

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  • Yuliya
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 05-12-14

interesting reading

The book describes the attachment system of adults. It also briefly describes the attachment system of children. According to attachment theory there are three attachment styles: "anxious", "avoidant" and "secure". The book describes how people with these attachment styles behave. It includes tests, which can help readers to recognize their own attachment style. The book includes a lot of examples of different situations and authors describe secure and insecure ways to deal with such situations in relationships. It was really an interesting reading. And the book looks scientifically.

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  • G
  • Austin, TX
  • 11-13-13

A super important content delivered simply!

Wow, what a great book! Made me better understand myself and others, and see beyond the stories we tell ourselves and others; and communicate more effectively. Thank you!

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  • Erin
  • DUTCH HARBOR, AK, United States
  • 09-27-13

Book for Everyone!!!

What made the experience of listening to Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love the most enjoyable?

I was going though a hard time with a relationship and was not able to talk to someone professional about it for help. I hoped this book would give me a little insight. I honestly was not expecting much from it but it changed my life.

Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I would he was very good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. This book changed my life. It breaks down relationships to such a level that I was able to figure out what went wrong in ever past relationship. It has caused me to view relationships on a whole different level both romantically and social. This is a book that everyone should have to read.

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If you are looking for a book with knowledge and something useful this is the book. I was not sure about this book at first but man did I strike gold.

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Overall worth the read

If you could sum up Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love in three words, what would they be?

I enjoyed the book. It's very concise and has great insight. I would probably recommend this more for the single people over those in a long term relationship and/or married folks. For the LTR and married I would recommend Hold me Tight which references this book and others or What makes love last.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

Three types of people - you don't want to be the first two... work to be the third.

What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

Enjoyable

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

Keeping an eye on my attachment style.

Any additional comments?

One thing bothered me - I feel like they didn't touch on the fact that people can 'change' attachment styles due to life changes (both positive and negative)

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  • Rehema
  • Chorley, United Kingdom
  • 08-30-13

Life Changing

I can not begin to explain how happy I am after listening to this addible book. I would just like to thank the researchers, authors and most definitely the brave participants who made this book come to life. This audible book has completely changed the way I thinking and not only on relationship matters but also with enriching my communication skills: with truly needed some polishing :)
I have not found true love as for just yet .... but its helped me understand why my past relationships did not work. I am also happy to learn that anything can be changed if you let you mind decide.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Don't heists to read as am sure you will be amazed and happy as I have been.

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  • pamela
  • Pflugerville, TX, United States
  • 07-01-13

I wish I had had this info many years ago...

Where does Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very helpful info to discover the attachment types you or the people with whom you are in relationships have. Could help make changes in yourself so you have better relationships. I wish I had had this info a long time ago. I think it would be better to read the book because it has a lot of assessments that don't work very well in the audio version and there is a lot of it I would like to review without having to listen to the whole thing again.

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Great book!!!

What did you love best about Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

Gave me a great insight of my own attachment style and why I feel or act in a certain way towards other people. It really helped me understand myself better.

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  • Christine
  • CARMICHAEL, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 04-11-13

An amazing relationship book !

Would you consider the audio edition of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love to be better than the print version?

Yes, because I'm auditory learner and I absorb the information better by listening to it rather the reading,

What did you like best about this story?

The information about the differing attachment styles, and how find a potential mate that can best suit your emotional and attachment style needs The book also gives you guidance on how to change unhealthy patterns and beliefs about relationships. This is a good book for anyone who is nervous about becoming involved with the wrong person.

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration makes the book more relatable,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Numerous throughout the book..

Any additional comments?

It is a must read for anyone who is single or in a committed relationship.

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"Attached", audiobook.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very relevant and insightful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book presents several different case histories, and analyzes each in great detail. These cases are presumably based on real persons. Can't say there is one more interesting than others. Each has its own nuances which illustrate the point the authors try to make.

What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

Flawless.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Each one of us can benefit from knowing which relationship patterns we tend to follow. The insight gained can help us manage our relationships more rationally, and hopefully steer them in the right direction.

Any additional comments?

Found the book easy to follow and engaging. Not sure how to call an audio book a "page turner", but this one is. Hard to put down after you start listening.

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  • Charlott
  • 07-16-14

Eye opener

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

I liked the way the narration was because the voice and intonation was very soft and powerful.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. I reflected a lot while reading it.

Any additional comments?

For everyone who works with people, this book is a must read!

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  • S.Wilde
  • 01-10-13

Astoundingly accurate - deserves more than 5 stars

Astoundingly accurate in predicting and explaining relationship behaviour, informative and extremely helpful. Describes the 3 attachment styles, explains how to determine your own style and how to understand and cope in relationships with people of each style.

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  • Luca
  • 01-02-15

ESSENTIAL relationship knowledge.

This book explains eveything that went wrong or isn't right in your relationship. It covers everything from why you choose wrong partners, why you're unhappy in relationships and how to find the right person for you to be happy. It can even be used to help you in your work relationships, friendships or family. I have recommended it to over 25 people and everyone who has read or listened to it has found it hugely useful. I've listened to it several times and have made a conscious effort to be more secure in relationships... It is working.. Very well!

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  • Mrs
  • 04-13-13

boring

I found this book to be very tedious and boring to listen to....I fell asleep..

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