Cupid's Arrow: The Course of Love Through Time

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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Love is strange. It can be the source of both profound inspiration and deep misery. Its complexities and dimensions have possessed us since the beginning of time, and no emotion is as linked to human history as love. It defines who we are, what we do, and how we live and yet remains an enigmatic presence in our lives. In Cupid's Arrow, renowned psychologist Robert J. Sternberg presents a unique psychological approach to our understanding of this powerful emotion. He explores human relationships, revealing how and why people fall in and out of love. The book draws on fields ranging from history to cognitive science to folklore, offering a fascinating and comprehensive account of love in its many forms. Sternberg applies his "triangular theory," examining the many varieties of love through combinations of intimacy, passion, and commitment. Using this theory as a focal point, Cupid's Arrow delivers both a fresh perspective on the experience of love during the lifetime of the individual, and a rich history of the conceptions of love throughout the ages. This book will prove to be enlightening and engaging reading for anyone who has ever dared to try to understand love. Robert J. Sternberg is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University. He has received numerous awards, including the Sylvia Scribner Award of the American Educational Research Association in 1996. He has authored hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including Thinking Styles (Cambridge, 1997) and Successful Intelligence (Simon and Schuster, 1996).
  

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Contents

A ThreeComponent View of Love
3
Seven Kinds of Love
16
Many Different Triangles of Love
24
Measuring the Triangle of Love
44
The Prehistory of Love
53
The History of Love Revealed through Culture
59
The History of Love Revealed through Literature
75
The Role of Childhood and Adolescence
101
The Role of Adulthood
107
The Role of Reward
131
The Course of Relationships
141
Decay of Relationships
159
Dissolution of and New Beginnings for Relationships
168
Notes
183
Index
203
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