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A general theory of love

Author: Thomas Lewis; Fari Amini; Richard Lannon
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A primordial area of the brain creates both the capacity and the need for emotional intimacy that all humans share. A General Theory of Love describes the workings of this ancient, pivotal urge and reveals that our nervous systems are not self-contained. Instead, our brains link with those of the people close to us, in a silent rhythm that makes up the very life force of the body. These wordless and powerful ties  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Lewis; Fari Amini; Richard Lannon
ISBN: 0375503897 9780375503894
OCLC Number: 42692056
Credits: Thomas Lewis, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and a former associate director of the Affective Disorders Program. Dr. Lewis currently divides his time between writing, private practice, and teaching at the UCSF medical school. He lives in Sausalito, California.
Fari Amini, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine. Born and raised in Iran, he graduated from medical school at UCSF and has served on the faculty there for thirty-three years. Dr. Amini is married, has six children, and lives in Ross, California.
Richard Lannon, M.D., is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine. In 1980, Dr. Lannon founded the Affective Disorders Program at UCSF Dr. Lannon is married and the father of two; he lives in Greenbrae, California.
Description: viii, 274 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The heart's castle: science joins the search for love --
Kits, cats, sacks, and uncertainty: how the brain's basic structure poses problems for love --
Archimedes' principle: how we sense the inner world of other hearts --
A fiercer sea: how relationships permeate the human body, mind, and soul --
Gravity's incarnation: how memory stores and shapes love --
A bend in the road: how love changes who we are and who we can become --
The book of life: how love forms, guides, and alters a child's emotional mind --
Between stone and sky: what can be done to heal hearts gone astray --
A walk in the shadows: how culture blinds us to the ways of love --
The open door: what the future holds for the mysteries of love.
Responsibility: Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, Richard Lannon.
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"A primordial area of the brain creates both the capacity and the need for emotional intimacy that all humans share. A General Theory of Love describes the workings of this ancient, pivotal urge and reveals that our nervous systems are not self-contained. Instead, our brains link with those of the people close to us, in a silent rhythm that makes up the very life force of the body. These wordless and powerful ties determine our moods, stabilize and maintain our health and well-being, and change the structure of our brains." "A General Theory of Love applies these and other insights to some of the issues we face in our lives. Its authors explain how relationships function and where love goes wrong, how parents shape a child's developing self, how psychotherapy really works, what curbs and what fosters violent aggression in our children, and how modern society regularly courts disaster by flouting emotional laws it does not yet recognize."--Jacket.

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