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The best-selling author of Hold Me Tight presents a revolutionary new understanding of why and how we love, based on cutting-edge research.

Every day, we hear of relationships failing and questions of whether humans are meant to be monogamous. Love Sense presents new scientific evidence that tells us that humans are meant to mate for life. Dr. Johnson explains that romantic love is an attachment bond, just like that between mother and child, and shows us how to develop our "love sense" - our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Love Sense covers the three stages of a relationship and how to best weather them; the intelligence of emotions and the logic of love; the physical and psychological benefits of secure love; and much more. Based on groundbreaking research, Love Sense will change the way we think about love.

©2013 Sue Johnson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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No real tips on HOW to become more securely attach

This book goes on and on about the importance of securely attached relationships, but it doesn't tell us HOW to become more securely attached. then what's the point about reading how important it is if there are no specific examples of how to get there. Did I miss an important chapter or two or three? if it's so important to have these attachments, then why not spend 5% of the book explaining why it's imlortant, and the other 95% providing examples of HOW to become more secure??

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Inedible book

I really love how this book talked about the relation between our attachment styles and how we behave. I learned a lot about myself and my own attachment style, which is anxious. It's very illuminating how this can affect our behaviour and multiple contexts in our lives. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about relationships, how to deepen them, and how to simply feel happy and filled in them. I chose five stars because I thought this was one of the best books I have ever read. The principles and concepts explored in this book are extremely helpful and useful.

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narrated version well worth it

I loved how Sue Johnson herself narrated and brought her experiences and insights by many examples with couples and their struggles that resonated so clearly with my wife and myself. very helpful for us to start a dialog about very sensitive struggles in out relationship of 25 years of marriage.

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Reviewing Love Sense

Would you try another book from Sue Johnson and/or Sue Johnson?

I highly recommend Hold Me Tightly

Any additional comments?

This book did not speak to me the way Dr. Johnson's book "Hold Me TIght" did. Frankly, I have been told this was her attempt to write a book for the general public. I think there were a couple points she attempted to making, including

1. There is evidence in support of long-term monogamous relationships; this is cited by sharing studies on the importance of oxytocin (hormone) secreted in love relationships as a protective measure in long-term relationships. Lot's of evidence based on "vols" (ground squirrel-like creatures) is cited.

2. A commentary on the present state of social media driven relationships and pornography use as being problematic in general and specifically a challenge for the upcoming generations who are steeped in this culture. There is a separation of sexuality and emotional life, which is concerning.

3. A current trend towards sexual curiosity and exploration while in monogamous relationships. Dr. Johnson is concerned that people are not clear how this exploration may negatively impact relationships.

There's probably a bit more in there too, but I've been a bit dissapointed. I think it just wasn't the kind of book I expected. I think I'll just go back to reading her more clinical/self help books. I wasn't truly in the frame of mind to grapple with the present socio-cultural concerns of sexuality. Even though I could reflect on how they impact my life, I think her concepts of negative patterns and "demon dialogues" and building a secure attachment (from her previous work), is most important to me and what I'll return to.

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Interesting Read

Great book - fascinating studies on bonding and attachment. I have recommended this book to others & read Hold Me Tight. Sue Johnson does a great job explaining why relationships can be so maddening!

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Changed the way i look at relationships

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

Yes, yes, HELL YEA... very informative and well researched. This book might have saved my relationship which was falling and loosing its passion. No more.

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This will save marriages

My husband and listened to this audio and it was a game changer. After 32 years of marriage nothing had changed until now. Thank you dr, Sue Johnson

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Helpful

As a 40-year-old who's been baffled by relationships, never having been able to make one stick, the information in this book was eye-opening. Now to find some further reading on "attachment styles." I recommend Love Sense to anyone who has struggled to understand relationship issues.

The reading by the author in her lovely English accent was a nice plus!

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excellent and amazing..

Thank you for the jewel, Love Sense. I have learned so much I didn't know. An amazing heart touching scientific way of renewing and keeping love alive after one falls in it. A huge die hard fan! I love you for giving me the opportunity to read, understand and imagine creating the deepest connection. You were very humble throughout the book and touched so many deep topics that opened my mind and enhanced my ability to feel more connectivity with life and anything there is. I would like to attend, see you talk in any seminar or even a book reading event. Thank you once again for the beautiful gift I could give to myself at one of the most difficult times of my life. God bless you :)

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Pretty Good

Things bogged down a little through the long case studies. But for some, I could see that being the highlight. I could have done without so many. Besides that, some really insightful science with substantial studies to back up her claims.

I'd say all couples could benefit from listening/reading this book together.

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