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Love is the most profound emotion known to human beings. For most people, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. Almost all of us have experienced a failed relationship, and most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.
Questions of personality have vexed mankind from the dawn of personhood: can people change? How do others perceive me? What is the difference between normal and pathological behavior? One's personality is so pervasive and all-important that it presents a clinical paradox of sorts: it is hard to assess our own personality, and impossible to overlook that of others.
Our bodies evolved over eons, slowly calibrating to the African savanna on which 98 percent of our ancestors lived and died. So, too, did our brains. Evolutionary psychology postulates that the mind is shaped by pressure to survive and reproduce. We jealously guard romantic partners and cherish our closest relatives above all others, lest we fail to pass on our genes.
1The Puzzle of Pretty Boysby Carlin Flora
2To Catch a Liar, Ask the Right Questionby Jack Schafer, Ph.D.
3When Relationships Are Based on Manipulationby Margalis Fjelstad, Ph.D., LMFT
420 Questions That Will Tell You If It's Loveby Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
54 Ways to Resist Rageby Beverly D. Flaxington