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Is there a science to love?

In this groundbreaking book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory-the most advanced relationship science in existence today-can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many bestselling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships-until now.

Attachment theory owes its inception to British psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, who in the 1950s examined the tremendous impact that our early relationships with our parents or caregivers has on the people we become. Also central to attachment theory is the discovery that our need to be in a close relationship with one or more individuals is embedded in our genes.

In Attached, Levine and Heller trace how these evolutionary influences continue to shape who we are in our relationships today. According to attachment theory, every person behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways:

*ANXIOUS people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back.

*AVOIDANT people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness.

*SECURE people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving.

Attached guides readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mates) follow. It also offers readers a wealth of advice on how to navigate their relationships more wisely given their attachment style and that of their partner. An insightful look at the science behind love, Attached offers readers a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections.

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4.1 / 5
May 12th, 2015
I got this on audiobook and it helped me make the decision to marry my now-husband, then my boyfriend of several years. I realized that my BF's attachment style was almost perfectly secure--no wonder I felt so safe and loved around him! My own style was secure, if somewhat less than his. After listening to the science on the importance of attachment style to a happy relationship and life, I decided to follow my heart and go for this guy who loved and respected me so unconditionally and completely, and vice versa. I haven't regretted it once. I kinda wish the advice in the book boiled down to more than "find and keep a partner with a secure attachment style," hence the missing star, but it worked out well enough in my fortunate circumstances.
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