In Why We Love, renowned anthropologist Helen Fisher offers a new map of the phenomenon of love—from its origins in the brain to the thrilling havoc it creates. Helen E. Fisher is an American anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and self-help author. She is a biological anthropologist, is a senior research fellow. Helen E. Fisher é uma professora de antropologia e pesquisadora do comportamento humano na Rutgers University e estudou a atração romântica interpessoal por mais de 30 vários livros publicados no Brasil como ” Por que amamos?.
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Wilson In Why We Loverenowned anthropologist Helen Fisher offers a new map of the phenomenon of love—from its origins in the brain to the thrilling havoc it creates in our bodies and beha “If you want flashes and particular experiences of romantic love, read novels. Wilson In Why We Loverenowned anthropologist Helen Fisher offers a new map of the phenomenon of love—from its origins in the brain to the thrilling havoc it creates in our bodies and behavior.
Working with a team of scientists to scan the brains of people who had just fallen madly in love, Fisher proved what psychologists had until recently only suspected: This sweeping new book uses this data to argue that romantic passion is hardwired into our brains by millions of years of evolution. It is not an emotion; it is a drive as powerful as hunger. Provocative, enlightening, engaging, and persuasive, Why We Love offers radical new answers to age-old questions: Paperbackpages.
Published January 2nd by Holt Paperbacks first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Why We Loveplease sign up. Lists with This Book. View all 6 comments. Oct 08, Elliot johnson rated it did not like it. What a huge letdown! This subject truly fascinates me, but the author merely builds on the research of others and pads it with quotes from popular literature, poetry and song lyrics, as though that proves a point.
If you take out all those quotes hslen probably half as thick. It’s like she just googled “Love” and included every quote she could find. Reads like a so-so undergrad paper. The only thing the author herself actually brings to the table is the notion amamoss certain neur What a huge letdown!
The only thing the author herself actually brings to the table is the notion that certain neurotransmitters may play a role the body’s chemistry during times of heightened emotion, and that’s still based on porue research of others and is in no way a new theory.
Also unsettling is her complete failure to acknowledge the heldn Dorothy Tennov who practically invented the investigative study of romantic love. She clearly references Tennov’s work yet does not go so far as to name her. But this Helen Fisher is the talking head we get whenever the media wants an expert on the subject. Helen Fisher is a snake. Dec 18, Heather rated it really liked it. I love this book. It provided me with all the hidden secretes there is to love.
Dec 10, Jana rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are just pretending to be cultivated; there is so much about humankind and civilisation that still functions from the heart of pure basic primate brain and our evolution is nowhere close to the end. This book should fisehr mandatory read. But nevertheless things that I’ve learned, things that we are made of – are fucking with my brain because of the magnificent mechanism we live in, which we call our hdlen. What I am coming to realise is that we have forgotten so much about us.
We are completely on the wrong tracks, we are completely something else from what the system is trying to teach us and break us with. Anthropology helps me deal with these existential questions since it analyses facts and evidence and evolution. I am starting to realise the bigger picture in which we are supreme and magnificent, on an individual and then on collective level. Our brain in this phase cannot comprehend it instantly because of the central nervous system; it takes time, adaptation and a complete change of standardised systematic education since what I am trying poorque teach myself now is to learn to unlearn something daily.
It is a frightening process since it is a field so wide and mainstream unknown and there are a lot of information that I have a very hard time digesting, but the more I learn about my body and the secret world I live in, the more I am aware of my expansion into the places where thoughts start disappearing and where I amaamos connecting myself with the higher consciousness.
What I know is that the whole humankind is on the same path, just some learn it sooner, some will within hundred or more years.
But we will all hrlen and know. All is one, all is one vibration, one big connection porqus time and space exist only in human parameters. Spectacular book, it talks about 3 different brains of love: Stunning, stunning material to know why we physically love, why he have sex and why we stay in relationships. I say, physically since H. Since science can only measure palpable and the rest is left to individual comprehension and higher realms.
In this wonderful book, the author takes a scientific fixher to uncover and understand the perplexing and mystifying aspects of romantic love. The author throughout the course of this book uses findings from her experiments to substantiate that love is not just an ordinary feeling or emotion, rather it is a subtle mix between an urge and emotion, i.
The In this wonderful book, the author takes a scientific approach to uncover and understand the perplexing and mystifying aspects of romantic love. The author also makes certain conjectures as to why and how romantic love evolved from prehistory to modern times, and most of her inferences are amaos interesting.
Por Que Amamos : Naturaleza y Quimica del Amor Romantico
Towards the end of the book, there is a chapter dedicated to a detailed discussion on the effects of break-up and how those affect men and women differently, their respective responses being quite different altogether. Dec 01, Kai Crawford fusher it it was ok. The only explanation for this is if Helen Fisher did not actually reveal anything of use to me.
The author would summarize a bunch of other peoples’ studies, and then say “well, here’s all this evidence but I like this one the most”.
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I’m not a scientist but it seems pretty disingenuous for her to randomly pick a A mediocre book. I’m not a scientist but it seems pretty disingenuous for her to randomly pick and choose her favourite theories, while randomly discarding other ones.
The entire book is filled with Fisher stating “I think” and “I believe” and “I suspect” and other unsure statements like that, without any reasoning or support or explanation. Reading this book felt too much like a layperson telling me various ideas cobbled up from internet, rather than something proven by science.
Aug 29, Hannah Nguyen rated it liked it Shelves: I recently read this book and I thought it was average. This book was about the science of love and why we love. It tells you about the different stages of love and how we deal with it on a mental, emotional, physical level within the body and mind.
It was somewhat interesting to read and learn about the author’s scientific theory of love. This book was based mainly on a couple of functional MRI studies of people in love. I liked all the details of the chemical images of the brains; however, I f I recently read this book and I thought it was average. I liked all the details of the chemical images of the brains; however, I found the writing of this book kind of repetitive.
It was nice to learn that that the emotions that you believe are personal and unique are in fact related to specific chemical processes equal to all human beings. I think that this book is meant for a more mature audience and reading it now in 10th grade made it less interesting.
Although I didn’t really “connect” with the book, it was thought provoking. It was different to think of love in a scientific way that can all be explained. I would recommend this book to others wanting to learn more about the scientific reasoning behind love.
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Australia, Japan The most interesting parts of the book were the poets and fisger the writer decided to quote, but her writing did a poor job of converting those creative expressions into a strong, informative narrative; it was also amamps that there is only a weak discuss ‘Why We Love’ fails to answer the very provocative question in poses Disappointingly, it is more pop and less anthropology; she does not even offer a nuanced understanding of the various cultures she discusses i.
Australia, Japan The most interesting parts of the book were the poets and thinkers the writer decided to quote, but her writing did a poor job of converting those creative expressions into a strong, informative narrative; it was fishet surprising that there is only a weak discussion around statistical findings and no real diagrams throughout the book.
Not a very long book, but I could relate to a lot of the topics covered though my love tendencies are a bit unusual and I grow strongly attached to some people I have no sexual interest in. I have aamamos rage” and love addiction, which are covered in this book.
I’m a very obsessive person so I related to the obsessive qualities love can take on. Apr 21, Natasha rated it liked it. Oct 12, Katherine Center rated it it was amazing.
Wise, powerful, and kind of revolutionary. Apr 21, Antony rated it liked it Shelves: One group reported to be deeply in love, hwlen the other had recently experienced painful breakups. As one would expect, the book contains more details about the study, not provided in the TED talk, as well as additional facts and ideas.
Unfortunately little of the additional material qualifies as ground-breaking or transformative.
Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
More troubling, fishher brain scans mentioned by the author in her TED talk turn fixher to be derived from merely 14 individuals — 11 women and 3 men, all college students. Although I cannot authoritatively claim that this sample size is too small or too homogenous — much time has elapsed since my college statistics course — yet I cannot avoid a feeling of suspicion that too much is being made of too small a study.
Overall the book seems to lack coherence and reads more like a loose collection of research abstracts, ideas, factoids, and quotes — lots of quotes, which are largely lyrical musings about the nature of love. Throughout the book, the author also shows a strong proclivity for speculation, seemingly mistaking it for theory. A theory by definition must be falsifiable, yet the author commonly uses the word to refer to what is plainly untestable conjecture, which I think is impermissible in a scientist.
Such speculation may be intelligent, intriguing, and entertaining, but it is not strictly scientific. Perhaps, my biggest gripe with the book though is the conclusion the author draws from her research. In fact, this is the strongest part of the book, and the reason for my three-star rating. The presented evidence is indeed strongly in favor of the hypothesis.
So, after spending so much ink proving to us that romantic love displays all the classic characteristics of a chemical addiction, what does gelen author propose that we do with this information?