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Breaking Hearts
The Two Sides of Unrequited Love




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ISBN 9780898621525
Published October 20, 1994 by Guilford Press
241 Pages

USD $34.00

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Book Description

Throughout history, unrequited love has inspired ballads, arias, poetry, drama, and literature. Almost always, however, the tale of the "star-crossed lovers" has been told from the point of view of the heartbroken pursuer. This illuminating new work explores unrequited love from both sides
Blending scientific research with vivid narrative, the book utilizes current psychological theories about relationships, interdependence, attachment, and communication to provide careful analysis of the sometimes amusing and often heart-rending stories people tell from their love lives. Demolishing pat theories about human fulfillment coming from loving or being loved, this valuable counterweight to traditional studies explores the other, darker side of love to show that it is the mutuality of affection that is crucial to happiness.

Table of Contents

Contents: The Psychology of Heartbreak: An Introduction. Perspectives on Heartbreak. The Emotional Crossfire. The Ups and Downs of Self-Esteem. Guilt, Justification, Morality: Struggling with Right and Wrong. What Actually Happened? Lessons Learned and Mysteries Glimpsed. Conclusion: The Two Sides of Heartbreak.

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