By Jonah Lehrer
“Jonah Lehrer has much to provide the world….The e-book is attention-grabbing on approximately each page….Good writers make writing glance effortless, yet what humans like Lehrer do isn't effortless at all.” —David Brooks, The long island occasions e-book Review
Science author Jonah Lehrer explores the mysterious topic of love.
Weaving jointly medical reviews from scientific psychologists, longitudinal reports of health and wellbeing and happiness, old money owed and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of on-line courting websites, Jonah Lehrer’s A ebook approximately Love plumbs the main mysterious, such a lot formative, most vital impulse governing our lives.
Love confuses and compels us—and it might smash and outline us. It has encouraged our best poetry, outlined our societies and our ideals, and governs our biology. From the way in which babies connect to their mom and dad, to the way in which we fall in love with another individual, to the way in which a few discover a love for God or their pets, to the best way we have in mind and mourn love after it ends, this booklet makes a speciality of learn that makes an attempt, even in glancing methods, to accommodate the long term and the standard. the main harmful fable of affection is that it’s effortless, that we fall into the sensation after which the sensation looks after itself. whereas we will simply degree the dopamine that motives the preliminary emotions of “falling” in love, the partnerships and devotions that final a long time or longer stay a secret. This ebook is set that secret. Love, Lehrer argues, isn't really outfitted exclusively on overwhelming ardour, yet, fascinatingly, on a suite of abilities to be cultivated over a life-time.
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In the company of other primates, they appeared nervous and withdrawn, staring at the floor. 48 For the Wisconsin scientists, these troubled primates demonstrated that the developing mind needed more than proper nutrition. But what did it need? The first clue came from the cloth diapers that had been used to line the cages. Harlow noticed that his monkeys had become obsessed with these rags, clinging to the fabric like a young child clings to a favorite blanket. ) This poignant behavior inspired Harlow to come up with a new experiment.
His subjects were patients in the pediatric wards of hospitals. British doctors enforced a strict visitation policy, as frequent family contact was believed to cause infection and emotional neediness. 41 Bowlby soon realized that these separations were traumatic, and that the trauma followed a predictable arc, much like the progression of a physical disease. )42 When first left alone at the hospital, the children collapsed in tears and wails; they didn’t trust these strangers in white coats. Their violent protest, however, would soon turn into an eerie detachment, especially if the separation lasted for more than a week.
36 Bowlby was haunted by this apparent connection between separation from loved ones and emotional damage. His study of these young thieves would lead him, in 1939, to oppose Operation Pied Piper, the ambitious attempt to evacuate children from British cities in anticipation of a German bombing campaign. ”II 38 As the war dragged on, Bowlby followed the reports from wartime orphanages. He spoke often with Anna Freud, Sigmund’s youngest daughter and the head of the Hampstead War Nursery, who described the suffering of the kids in her care.
A Book About Love by Jonah Lehrer