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A General Theory of LoveBy Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, Richard Lannon

In a Nutshell

A General Theory of Love will help you reprogram your mind for better emotional intelligence and relationships, based on what three psychiatrists have to say about the science of why we experience love and other emotions.

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Total self-sufficiency turns out to be a daydream whose bubble is burst by the sharp edge of the limbic brain. Stability means finding people who regulate you well and staying near them.

Thomas Lewis


If you've ever been in love, you know how great it can be. Life seems perfect when you think you've found 'the one' and get to spend every day with them. But then you break up and your entire world falls apart.

Too often we trust the lyrics of love songs to get us through the good times and the bad. But society's ideas of affection aren't as mysterious as we've come to think. If you're looking for guidance on maintaining a healthy relationship, look to the science.

Thomas Lewis is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California. In this 2001 book, Lewis explains that love lies in our nervous systems, which are not self-contained but linked up with those people closest to us.

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