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    Nathaniel Branden(Author)

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What love is, why love is born, why it sometimes grows, and why it sometimes dies.

Have you ever wondered how romantic love evolves? What the difference is between mature and immature love? What role sex plays in romantic love, and whether love necessarily implies sexual exclusivity? And, most important, how can we make love last? Originally published in 1980, this updated edition of The Psychology of Romantic Love explores the nature of romantic love on many levels-the philosophical, the historical, the sociological, and the physiological. Nathaniel Branden explains why so many people say that romantic love is just not possible in today's world and-drawing on his experience with thousands of couples-finds that such love is still a possibility for anyone who understands its essence and is willing to accept its challenges.

Branden sees it as a pathway not only to extraordinary joy but also to profound self-discovery. His vision of love is thoroughly appropriate to our time and grounded in our humanness.

Distinguished psychologist Dr. Nathaniel Branden offers us a new understanding of the meaning of romantic love--what love is and what it depends on for fulfillment. His vision of love is at once passionate and thoroughly appropriate to our times and grounded in our nature as human beings. He reveals romantic love to be a pathway not only to extraordinary joy but also to profound self-discovery. Among the many challenging questions he explores are: Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. is a lecturer, a practicing psychotherapist, and the author of twenty books on the psychology of self-esteem, romantic love, and the life and thought of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand. His work has been translated into eighteen languages and has sold more than 4 million copies, and includes such titles as Taking Responsibility, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, and My Years with Ayn Rand. Branden's name has become synonymous with the psychology of self-esteem, a field he pioneered more than thirty years ago.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Nathaniel Branden(Author)
  • Tarcher (January 31, 2008)
  • English
  • 2
  • Self-Help

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  • By OmnipotentPilot on February 11, 2017

    Very professional, but Dr. Branden lets his personality show through from time to time. I really like it. In buying this book I was looking for practical suggestions on HOW to find romantic love, and I haven't found much so far. However, the book does an incredible job identifying what romantic love is and what key elements are required, and this has given me some good tools to work with. Honestly, the book is probably better than what I was looking for, as there really isn't a concise way to instruct someone on finding romantic love, and such a weighty topic requires an in-depth history and exploration such as that found in this book. It's not as easy as what I had hoped for, but perhaps that's for the best.

  • By Burgos Irma on August 22, 2017

    Every one who believes to be in love should read this gem of a book. Particularly if you are thinking of getting married; if you have been married or in a committed relationship....or in a meaningful but unobtainable relationship, this book will enlighten you, teach you and help you to understand why or why not it worked.

  • By Cyndi Sade on January 25, 2018

    I loved the book. I have read it a few times and still find new things I missed before. I wasn’t a fan of the first few chapters regarding our evolution. I’ve actually always skipped that part. I will attempt one more time to get through the beginning and read the book straight through. That has been a challenge though I assume it’s there for a reason.

  • By Vanya on June 29, 2013

    I love Nathaniel Branden as an author. His ideas are so smart and very close to human nature/psychology. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand what is love, devotion, sharing values and life as whole with someone. I would also recommend it to everybody who has struggles in keeping happiness and passion in a relationship and to everyone who doesn't believe in love, to someone who feel disappointed in love. I have a great appreciation for the main idea of the book that love is not just something that happens or doesn't happen to us. It is something we develop together with someone! :)

  • By Roman Z. Ramsey on June 10, 2015

    I love Branden's writing. Certain authors just speak the same language as the reader, and he does that for me. His work on self-esteem is important, but I find this particular work to be of special value, including the history sections; it's interesting, but a little frustrating to see how far we've come, but still have so far to go in terms of how men and women come together.

  • By Nancy Adams on May 14, 2013

    Very interesting in depth analysis of that which we call love. The author cites case studies and personal experience to illustrate the various aspects of love. The concepts of psychological visibility and mirroring were especially fascinating.

  • By Cwag on July 19, 2013

    I am so glad that I read this book. Many of my questions about my failed relationships were answered. I have a new beginning. This is a good book for 'll to read, esp. If you want healthy love in your life.

  • By Pamela Brill on August 1, 2013

    The title tells it all.We live in an age of increasing fascination with technology and self awareness gleaned from networking via screen vs seeing our reflections in the eyes of others.While I am fascinated with what technology has revealed about human nature in studies that enable us to peer into the inner workings of body and brain and heart, the message of this non science based book rings true in these technologically driven studies:Love is a reaction of body and brain and that 'chemistry' we feel is real.Nurturing and sustaining love requires engaging in the moment authentically with an other-getting 'in the zone' where connecting generates deep admiration and creates the feelings of deep romantic love for which we strive.Self-esteem is the basis of being able to love in that way that nurtures the growth, evolution, and full expression of an other. With self-esteem, we can feel and express admiration for the person we love.Without self-esteem, we are prone to feeling the perceived threat that drives us to extinguish our admiration for the other and pulls us into jealousy.Communicating our true feelings including fears is key to jump starting and sustaining the connection required for romantic love.And when a relationship can not accommodate such vulnerable and real communication, it does not provide the potential for true romantic love - a good sign of when to hold, when to fold, when to walk away or run...Branden reads as if he is speaking to you. Taking the time to think with this book, to respond in your head as you might in dialogue with him, makes the book a field for growing your self and opening your heart.


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