The Alchemy of Love and Lust
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The Alchemy of Love and Lust

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Is falling in love or lust just a matter of chemistry? We may think emotions rule our sex lives, but our hormones largely determine our physical attractions, drives, and behaviors. By understanding these hidden hormonal agendas, we can influence them in return and enjoy happier, more fulfilling lives and relationships, while fully appreciating the characteristic difference

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Gallery Books (first published March 19th 1996)
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Marsha
On testosterone: “Teenage boys become walking grenades, just waiting for someone to pull their pin.”

Okay, so maybe this isn’t news, any more than the tidbit that chocolate has the same pheromones that fill our body when we’re in love. But the author tried to give us more than the obvious. Dr. Crenshaw set to learn exactly what goes on in our bodies when we fall in love or get crazed with lust. The answers are witty, pithy and laid out with detail that explains without getting too clinical or sc...more
Amber
Definitely worth reading. Lots of good info about hormones and how they effect our behavior. I was a little concerned with the line about women's cycles being effected by the moon. Is that widely accepted as scientific fact? 'Cause if it's not you shouldn't include it in a book like this without a caveat. I also wish there had been more information about what happens psychologically if a woman does not choose hormone replacement therapy. The whole last 3rd of the book was a giant manifesto about...more
Suzie Quint
While this is, in some ways, about male and female relationships, it's focus is largely on the hormones that cause the different ways we relate to each other. That said, it goes far beyond estrogen and testosterone. It deals with how these hormones change over our life cycles and even how to get the body to release some of these hormones, which is sometimes as simple as hugging someone, and how we respond to these various chemical messages.
Marni
The subtitle of this book is accurate; this book tells you how hormones influence EVERYTHING relationship related and sex related. Everything from a hormonal play-by-play during a sexual encounter to every lovey dovey feeling we have. Its scary. We are ruled by our hormones. At least by reading this book we can at least understand how.
Othello
What a great introduction to the science of love! The book offers lots of theoretical information that has been sensationalized in media as it relates to sex. I appreciated the thesis that our love relationships are indeed influenced by lots of stuff, mostly biology! Ouch for the touchy-feelies!!
Amanda
Nov 16, 2007 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yup
I have made at least 5 people read this fascinating book. It's all about our hormones and how they determine our behavior regardless of one's belief that they control their own behavior. It's also a super fun read b/c the author gives little stories before she gets all scientific.
Patrick
This book was interesting because it interweaves biological chemicals with fictional narative to make factual entertaining read.
Rah~ri
Nov 18, 2008 Rah~ri marked it as to-read
This comes as an audio book though ??? LOL ?
We'll see ...

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last of my wedding present books. very scientific, but racy.
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