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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

Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Gallery Books (first published March 19th 1996)
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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
Rebekah Gamble
I like how short of a read this is. I like the introduction to chemicals and the way they're personified. I like how the stages of development are outlined, and I like that she actually covers andropause.

There were a couple things I didn't like. First, the book I read was from 1996. I generally don't care if a book is heteronormative, but this book was extreme in that it is obviously written for heterosexual females and that's it. It doesn't attempt to be neutral language at any point, so besid
Sep 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Stopped reading because it's out of date and/or written with little caution about accuracy.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Nov 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
last of my wedding present books. very scientific, but racy.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting because it interweaves biological chemicals with fictional narative to make factual entertaining read.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think that everyone should read this book. it holds so much valuable information about hormones and their affects on the human body.
Robert Burcea
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
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