The Psychology of Love

Robert Sternberg and Michael L.Barnes

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September 10, 1989
383 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300045895
Paper

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The first definitive study of the psychological aspects of love—how it is defined, how it is distinguished from infatuation or caring, how ideas about the psychology of love can be used in the formation and maintenance of close relationships.
“A fascinating foray into terrain too little explored by scientists—the systematic study of human love. I heartily recommend this book.”—Maggie Scarf
“Well written, interesting, and valuable for the great amount of important literature on love reported. The book should be on the shelf of any social scientist interested in love and close relationships.”—Susan Sprecher. Contemporary Sociology
“A book of interest to the professional psychologist and to the general reader….There are so many experts who know the causes and consequences of the failure of love but little about the successful maintenance and preservation of the state and the relationships it engenders, but this book is to be welcomed as a major contribution to redress the balance.”—Journals of the Institute of Health Education
“The most sophisticated and up-to-date discussions of love in print.”—Choice
“An epoch-breaking account of research problems and criticisms which can help move the field forward. In addition, it is an outstanding resource for both students and scholars in the field, because each chapter in the book is accompanied by a superb, up-to-date bibliography.”—Mary Roth Walsh, American Scientist

"Provides an excellent resource for any social scientist studying relationships as well as good reading for those outside of the field."—Ellen Langer, Harvard University

 


"A fascinating foray into terrain too little explored by scientists--the systematic study of human love. I heartily recommend this book."—Maggie Scarf

"An interesting and provocative account both scientifically grounded and very well written."—Elliott Aronson, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Love has been revived as a research topic, and the Sternberg and Barnes collection testifies to the vitality and breadth of the new generation of love research. Readers will find this volume a cogent capsule of existing theories, as well as a rich source of ideas for the research that is needed to follow through on the promise of this revival."—Harry Reis, University of Rochester

"A superb collection of essays on romance-theory."—Yale Alumni Magazine

"One of the merits of what is a readable book is that no attempt is made to arrive at a consensus."—Anthony Clare, Sunday Times

"A thoroughly enjoyable and credible book on a fascinating but elusive topic."—Jane Carlisle, Clinical Psychology Forum

"Love has recently come into its own as a topic of serious scientific inquiry . . . The editors bring together key researchers who discuss their methods, theories, and findings . . . This impressive collection is informationally rich yet highly readable . . . The Psychology of Love contains the most sophisticated and up-to-date discussions of love in print."—Choice

"A book of interest to the professional psychologist and to the general reader for it examines the nature of love, how it is defined and distinguished from other states, and its relevance to close relationships, not merely those of a sexual nature. There are so many experts who know the causes and consequences of the failure of love but little about the successful maintenance and preservation of the state, and the relationships it engenders but this book is to be welcomed as a major contribution to redress the balance."—Journal of the Institute of Health Education

"It is clearly time for the leather-elbowed scientists to cast their dispassionate eyes on the ’lucky accident’, love."—Oliver Bennett, Literary Review

"Well written, interesting, and valuable for the great amount of important literature on love reported. The book should be on the shelf of any social scientist interested in love and close relationships."—Susan Sprecher, Contemporary Sociology

"Sternberg presents a persuasive argument for scientific research in this area and for classifying the different kinds of love. . . . An epoch-breaking account of research problems and criticisms which can help move the field forward. In addition, it is an outstanding resource for both students and scholars in the field, because each chapter in the book is accompanied by a superb, up-to-date bibliography."—Mary Roth Walsh, American Scientist

"This book offers many insights, especially in the section on love and relationship maintenance, useful to practicing lovers."—John Gabree, New York Newsday

"Should become the graduate student and textbook writer’s best friend."—Keith E. Davis, Contemporary Psychology

"Sternberg and Barnes have assembled a collection of original contributions that by virtue of the prominence of their authors will very likely become a landmark work in the psychology of love."—Arthur Aron and Elaine N. Aron, American Journal of Psychology

"The social scientist looking for a quick and reasonably current update on the psychological study of love will find this volume well worth reading."—Susan S. Hendrick, Journal of Marriage and the Family
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