Attraction Explained: The science of how we form relationships

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Routledge, 22 дек. 2015 г. - Всего страниц: 274
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When it comes to relationships, there’s no shortage of advice from self-help ‘experts’, pick-up artists, and glossy magazines. But modern-day myths of attraction often have no basis in fact or – worse – are rooted in little more than misogyny. In Attraction Explained, psychologist Viren Swami debunks these myths and draws on cutting-edge research to provide a ground-breaking and evidence-based account of relationship formation.

At the core of this book is a very simple idea: there are no ‘laws of attraction’, no foolproof methods or strategies for getting someone to date you. But this isn’t to say that there’s nothing to be gained from studying attraction. Based on science rather than self-help clichés, Attraction Explained looks at how factors such as geography, appearance, personality, and similarity affect who we fall for and why.


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1 Cupids arrow Or a brief history of attraction theories some dumb shit other people have said and what this book is all about
2 Getting up close and personal Or why geography matters how the Internet is and isnt changing how we form relationships and a beautymap of Lon...
3 Appearance matters Or how we judge books by their covers how men arent from Mars and women arent from Venus and why what is beautiful is ...
4 Appearance matters part II Or how other things matter too why nice guys dont always finish last and how love is sometimes blind
5 Liking those who like us Or how I like you because you like me thirtysix questions that may or may not change your life and why playing hardtog...
6 Birds of a feather Or why we like people who are similar to ourselves how we match on attitudes and other traits and why opposites sometimes attract
7 The end of the beginning Or why life outside the lab makes fools of all of us and to conclude some lifechanging advice
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Viren Swami is Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. He is an international expert on attraction and body image, and has written and edited several books on these topics. He is also the founder of Plug In Your Brain, a public engagement initiative to promote the wider understanding of psychology.

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