Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray

Anatomy of Love A Natural History of Mating Marriage and Why We Stray Captivates the reader answers all those puzzling questions that caused your mother or priest or guidance counselor or gym teacher to blame God and or hormones Her prediction of a open and egalitarian

  • Title: Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray
  • Author: Helen Fisher
  • ISBN: 9780449908976
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Captivates the reader, answers all those puzzling questions that caused your mother or priest or guidance counselor or gym teacher to blame God and or hormones.Her prediction of a open and egalitarian order provides a compelling and hopeful vision for the future THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRERLove at first sighte copulatory gazedinner datesalousy Captivates the reader, answers all those puzzling questions that caused your mother or priest or guidance counselor or gym teacher to blame God and or hormones.Her prediction of a open and egalitarian order provides a compelling and hopeful vision for the future THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRERLove at first sighte copulatory gazedinner datesalousy intimacy homesexualityfidelityDr.Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History, explains it all in this four million year history of the human species She demystifies much about romance and pairing that we tend to believe is willfull or just plain careless She offers new explanations for why men and women fall in love, marry, and divorce, and discusses the future of sex in a way that will surprise you.

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    1. I am not sure where to start. This book was one colossal dichotomy. If Fisher had presented her evidence in a responsible manner, this would have been a 5 star book all the way. So many things to love! But, even though it had some of the most exciting neuroscience research on love that I have read about to date, the overreaching conclusions at which Helen Fisher arrives has rendered it a pseudoscientific book. What a shame. There was so much here to work with. Reading this book is a lot like rea [...]

    2. Helen Fisher sounded so interesting years ago on a NPR interview, I made a note to read this book. Took me 10 or 15 years to get to it. Maybe that was the problem, although I think not. Her technique is to discuss mating practices across myriad species, and meld that with statistics on human behavior. OK, fair enough, although there is vast room for selection bias. But after doing all that, she offers her theory with nothing more than: "Perhaps humans have the same impulse as the tse-tse fly in [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book, and it definitely gave me a lot to think about in terms of the biological/sociological urge to pair up and produce offspring.The main problem in this book for me was that the writer tried too hard to convince me of her point of view. The book was written in defence of a particular theory, not as an exploration of a range of ideas.I have no objection to the writing holding a particular viewpoint, I just prefer to find my own.

    4. Whelp, this "non fiction" book essentializes gender and sex in ways I would consider highly fictional. Also, I thought it was pretty poorly written and fyi didn't make it to the half way mark. An interesting topic with some intriguing research and poor analysis. Apparently she has a 2006 ted talk out that's not bad. Not sure I will bother watching it.

    5. I picked this up on the recommendation of Rebecca Schinsky from Book Riot. As a psychology major, she always seeks out smart nonfiction titles. Fisher originally published this in 1992, and while I had wanted to read that edition for some time, the online dating and texting environment of modern times has made many parts obsolete. In the prologue, Fisher admits that most of this book is new. Quick note: Don't let the length of this text put you off. It's technically only 320 pages, with the last [...]

    6. I would have given this one 4 stars except that the book was written in 1994 so I had this constant nagging that some of the info may have changed in the intervening years. She mostly looks back to our evolutionary past to make sense of monogamy, adultery, and divorce so I don't know how much that info has changed. She also looks at present traditional societies to look for clues.The basic idea I took away from this book is that serial monogamy with plenty of adultery thrown in seems to be our h [...]

    7. Me he reido muchísimo leyendo este libro. Cuenta desde un punto de vista científico, los vericuetos del amor romántico, y se pregunta si los animales se enamoran como nosotros los humanos, o si los humanos nos inventamos todo ese cuento del enamoramiento y en realidad solo seguimos instintos como los animales.Lo que más recuerdo es la descripción de los comportamientos de infidelidad entre los primates, que han sido bien documentados: dos de esos monos que están ""emparejados"" en uniones [...]

    8. This was an interesting, if somewhat unsettling, read. In all honesty, I would recommend Dr. Fisher's 2006 TED talk--which was very compelling and succinct--over her book. She's able to elaborate more on the technical details of her work in "Anatomy of Love," and while she never loses focus on her thesis that humans have and always will fall in love, stray, and fall in love again, the poignancy of the whole process is somehow mitigated. I felt a little hollow after finishing the final chapter, a [...]

    9. Packed with fascinating information and analysis. The writing is clear, organized and consistent. She uses great quotes and analogies. She shows incredible insight! There are huge subjects and competing powers at play in this study and discussion. The anthropology is given a great weight and she has obviously studied, thought and compared to draw her conclusions. The book is certainly "food for thought" and will rattle in my brain for a long time. The battle of moving humanity toward less selfis [...]

    10. Caveat: Have just read the 1992 edition and learned (after the event) Helen Fisher has updated this extensively in light of new evidenceAs a school sixth-former I was lucky enough to attend a series of extra-curricular classes on comparative religion and alternative approaches to ethics. Whilst I was enthralled to learn for the fist time the tenets of the world’s major religions - plus what the Stoics, Epicureans and Hedonists had to say; there was a problem. The classes were taught by a dye-i [...]

    11. Excellent book. Loved it to the core. Many of my questions related to love and marriage have been answered. Very thorough.

    12. It was difficult to put this book down, especially for a non-fiction book. Helen Fisher writes like a skilled story teller, and a tiems poetic. Yet the topic is anthropology and human behavious. She managed to turn her solid research into an entertaining read. At many points of the book, it did feel like the information was an overload of what should have been elementary knowledge taught in schools. Not only does she manage to pull together from all ends of research, but she, as a reseracher of [...]

    13. One of the longer reads I've completed on love, Fisher builds a compelling case that despite our best intentions, evolution has encoded us to move in and out of pair-bonding relationships for most of our lives, especially during fertile child rearing years. Nature adopts what works for survival of the species and in the case of emotional love, feelings aren't considered. Depending on where you're at in your life and what state your relationship(s) is (are) in (I expect somewhere in the range of [...]

    14. A fascinating book charting the history of human and animal love through the ages. Every aspect of love, monogamy, adultery and other aspects of human relationships are dealt with chapter by chapter. From love / mating in the insect world to primates and human beings.This is like a biology, psychology, history and natural history lesson all rolled into one. So many topics are covered it is hard to narrow this book down and pinpoint each section.A must read on many levels.Well worth reading whate [...]

    15. I first heard Helen Fisher talk about relationships on NPR On Being. I was intrigued by what I heard, so I ordered her book from . I was not disappointed. This is a fascination anthropological book written for a popular audience on human relationships: sex, marriage, and infidelity. Fisher's prose is lucid and elegant. Now, I want to read more books that she has written. I highly recommend this book.

    16. General gist I remember seemed to be that infatuation can last up to three years and relationships that make it beyond three years have a greater chance of lasting 'forever'. Like the 'tipping' point in a pregnancy, it's not guaranteed -- just WAY more likely.

    17. The only essential piece of history not covered in this excellent book is the development of the Kleenex.

    18. Much of the information presented I had already surmised and even written about it in the past. However, it’s a whole different matter to read something from the perspective of a biological anthropologist. She explains it clearly, which helps me to reinforce my educated guesses and understand our common nature, in spite of different cultural influences and morals. Helen Fisher uses her studies in hominid evolution and comparative biology to illustrate and give evidence to our current mating be [...]

    19. I wondered why Fisher delved so deeply into the anthropological aspects of potential ancestral romantic and sexual pairing, but she brought it full circle at the end drawing connections between primate behavior and primitive men's and women's behavior and the shaping of romance and sex in our modern society. She also provided a clear explanation as to the division from this natural or historic behavior through the establishment of agrarian societies and religion. I ended up really liking this bo [...]

    20. Interesting ideas but no evidence or explanation behind them. Lots of "I suppose" "It's likely that" "I can imagine that 5m years ago a female would" I started skipping huge sections of this book when it became apparent that none of it was backed by evidence and was just a storyI think the worst part of this book is when she asserts that men and women are equally likely and driven to have multiple sexual partners and gives as an example a woman in Africa who when interviewed and asked why she ha [...]

    21. Fisher's books are always a joy in that they are well thought out, researched and delivered.My takeaways:1. 'love' is remarkedly similar among various creatures and clearly bares little difference between apes and modern humans.2. Anthropology is highly predictive of traits of modern dating and love. 3. There is a clear track and relation between economics, self-interest and the types of pair-bonds that exist. Ultimately, "love" at the individual level usually reflects traits which are best for [...]

    22. میتونست نمره خیلی بهتری بگیره اگر نویسنده انقدر دنبال فرضیه دادن و نتیجه گیری نبود(مطالعاتش جالب بود اما بنظر من خیلی زود و عجولانه ست که قاطعانه نتیجه ای گرفته بشه) بخش تکاملی پیرامون عشق و سکس واسه من خیلی چیز جدید و جالبی بود. حین خوندن کتاب وقتی نویسنده قاطعانه میگفت فلان چ [...]

    23. Rezultatele celor mai celebre studii antropologice despre biologia iubirii sunt prezentate de catre Fisher intr-un stil usor de lecturat. Contine perspective interesante despre tendinta la poligamie sau monogamie seriala, anatomia despartirilor, alegerea partenerului, divort, evolutia relatiilor din preistorie si pana astazi.

    24. Maybe my review is tainted by 'the unquenchable, adaptable and primordial drive to love." but Helen Fisher's Anatomy of Love is an essential reading for the times we are in. Love is no longer(don't know if it ever was) simple and knowing any little bit about it helps - or at least one can hope.

    25. Interesantísimo estudio que estudia el amor y el adulterio buscando los vínculos con el condicionamiento biológico. Muy informado, con excelentes aportes de la antropología. La lectura es además muy amena y no está exenta de humor. Recomendable.

    26. Interesting book, I expected something different but it was interesting to see the biological and anthropological origins of love, sex and infatuation, and what are their macroscopic effects on our life. Well written.

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