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The Psychology of Romantic Love: Romantic Love in an Anti-Romantic Age

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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 ...more
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Published January 31st 2008 by Tarcher (first published July 28th 2000)
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David
This is my first Nathaniel Branden read. While he’s well known (and criticized) for his work with self-esteem, which I have very mixed feelings about to say the least, this book proved to be a rather pleasant surprise. I thought he did the subject real justice and provided valuable food for thought -- I found myself in agreement with much of what he wrote regarding romantic love. He offered some wonderful advice/views that were very honest and grounded in reality, yet optimistic nonetheless. No ...more
Phil
Dec 13, 2012 Phil rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
f you are in a relationship or want to be in a relationship—which is pretty much everybody!—you owe it to yourself to read "The Romantic Love Question & Answer Book," written by psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden.

The book addresses every conceivable aspect of romantic relationships and offers a wealth of insights and examples that can help people create a healthier, more intimate relationship. If you are not currently in a relationship, this book can help you make your next relationship a suc
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nathaniel Branden was once a close disciple of Ayn Rand--although he was purged from the ranks of her inner circle. You can certainly see her influence in this book--it's very self centered--and I don't mean to denigrate it by calling that. Branden's "The Psychology of Self-Esteem simply argues for the importance of self-esteem in a healthy psychology--and I'd agree with that. How revolutionary it is--as claimed on the cover of that book--I can't really judge. I do know that his theories fall in ...more
Jessie
I picked up this book wanting to understand why we fall in love with some people and not others, and how to build and sustain a successful relationship and then marriage. I definitely am closing the book with a heightened sense of understanding that built on The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. I spent the last year really conflicted with myself and bewildered by other peoples behavior, and now, having read the final page, I have a new sense of clarity and understanding regarding my behavior and feel ...more
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Abner Huertas
Great book. it will teach you about the history of romantic love and why is important for us to understand.
Marjorie Elwood
There was the occasional flash of insight (for instance, the portion on inherent biological rhythms) but I found this meandered too much to offer any real help. Furthermore, it's extremely heteronormative.
Madeline
2 or 3, 2 or 3, 2 or 3...

i hated it, then i thought it was ok, then i thought he made some good points, then i hated it again.

one thing is certain. nathaniel branden and i do not share a "sense of life."
Mary Woody
This was one of the best books I've ever read and this is the second time I've read it. I will read this again I'm sure.I believe every word this author writes.
Katie
Read it twice, and would like to read it a third time. Learned a lot about myself! The principle of psychological visibility made a lot of sense to me.
Kimberly
I loved his thoughts. I hate that I don't have what he describes. Knowing it is possible may be even more discouraging than staying a cynic.
Tamara
Remotely interesting, but not sure I agree with his thoughts over all.
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Nathaniel Branden started reading Ayn Rand's "Fountainhead" in the summer of '44 as he was introduced to it by his sister and her giggling friends.

He met Rand in California where he attended college for psychology. She responded to his fan letter.

"Atlas Shrugged" was dedicated to Branden and he became her intellectual heir. The two carried on an affair, though each was married. After a dispute, t
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