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Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters


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Preface to the Reprint EditionIntroductionPART I: The Experience of Romantic LoveChapter 1. Falling in LoveChapter 2. Love Realized: The Idyllic PhaseChapter 3. Love's Divided Nature: The Pleasure and Pain of Romantic LovePART II: The Aims of LoveChapter 4. How Love Develops: Love Dialogues and the Life CycleChapter 5. The Creative Synthesis in LovePART III: The Paradoxes and Struggles Inherent in LoveChapter 6. Self-Surrender: Transcendence Versus EnslavementChapter 7. The Link Between Love and PowerChapter 8. Disillusionment Chapter 9. TrianglesPART IV: The Gender Difference in LoveChapter 10. Transference Love and Romantic LoveChapter 11. Modes of Self-Realization: Women and Romance, Men and PowerPART V: The Fate of LoveChapter 12. Unhappy Love: Experience and ConsequencesChapter 13. Love That Enriches, Love That EnduresFinal Thoughts: Romantic Love as an Agent of ChangeNotesReferencesIndex

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In setting out to rescue love from its devaluation in an age of science and celebrate its transformative power, Person doesn't sidestep the destructive powers of love, but rather makes you sit up over and over again at love's sheer inventiveness, complexity, and variety. She brings a psychoanalyst's insight to bear on the roots of love in childhood feelings, bridging the gap between specialist and general reader, and further enriches her argument with well-chosen case studies, examples form popular culture and the luminous testimony of poets and lovers. You'll find yourself reexamining your own experiences and understanding more about love, not just as an occasional passionate interlude, but as a powerful and abiding fantasy that drives so much of our dreaming and waking lives. Molly Haskell, film critic and author of Love and Other Infectious Diseases: A Memoir and Holding My Own in No Man's Land: Women and Men in Film and Feminists

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Ethel S. Person, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York City.


Person declares that madly romantic, passionate love is no delusion, as Freud held, but a valid experience and an agent for personal growth. ``Marred by a wordy, repetitious style and overstuffed with examples from literature, movies and personal histories, Person's investigation nevertheless offers clinical guidance for those happily or unhappily in love,'' noted PW. Author tour. (July)

The author takes a very difficult topic, romantic love, and details a fascinating and useful examination of it. There are few other books that explore the topic so well, and love is often avoided by other authors or cast in a negative light. The author takes a positive look at the benefits and pitfalls inherent in romantic love and explores both equally. [Person's] clinical examples are appropriate and the literary/film references help to provide a setting or situation that everyone can appreciate. I particularly enjoyed the section on the paradoxes and struggles in love and I gained a new perspective on some of my patients' difficulties. I would recommend this title to anyone, clinician or lay person, interested in romantic love. * Doody's Book Review Service *

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