This is a much-needed development from the first edition that provides an update on the theory and research on love by world-renowned scientific experts. It explores love from a diverse range of standpoints: social-psychological, evolutionary, neuropsychological, clinical, cultural, and even political. It considers questions such as: how men and women differ in their love, what makes us susceptible to jealousy and envy in relationships, how love differs across various cultures? As the neuropsychological basis of love is examined, this study showcases what attracts people to one another, why love has developed the way it has over time, and what evolutionary purpose it serves. It also analyses why and when love relationships both succeed and fail, which means readers will be rewarded with a better understanding of their own relationships and those of others, as well as what can be done to build a lasting, loving relationship.
Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, New York, and is the author or editor of numerous books on love. He has also won the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology and the Cattell and James Awards of the Association for Psychological Science. Karin Sternberg is a Research Associate and teaches in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University, New York. She is the author of Psychology of Love 101 (2013) and co-author of The Nature of Hate (Cambridge, 2008).