The New Psychology of Love Robert J. Sternberg, Karin Weis

Publication date:
29 Jul 2008
Yale University Press
352 pages: 235 x 156 x 29mm
4 b/w illus.

Love . . . What is it? Can we define it? What is its role in our lives? What causes love, and what dooms it? No single theory adequately answers all our questions about the nature of love, yet there are many theories that can contribute to our understanding of it. This fascinating book presents the full range of psychological theories on love—biological, taxonomical, implicit, cultural—updated with the latest research in the field.
Robert Sternberg and Karin Weis have here gathered more than a dozen expert contributors to address questions about defining love, the evidence for competing theories, and practical implications.  Taken together, these essays offer a comprehensive and engaging comparison of contemporary data and theories.  
As a follow up to The Psychology of Love, which was published in 1988 and edited by Robert Sternberg and Michael Barnes, this new collection engages with the many changes in the study of love in recent years.  New theories are introduced as are modifications to existing theories. Focusing not on a single point of view but on the entire range of current theories, The New Psychology of Love provides today’s definitive account of the nature of love.

Robert J. Sternberg is dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.  He is the author or editor of some sixty books, including Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid, published by Yale University Press. Karin Weis is a research associate at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative of the J. F. Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health at Harvard University.


"this book provides a strong overview of the foundations to what is certainly a rapidly developing body of knowledge." - Jamie Horder, Psychologist

"The latest hypotheses about love from the researchers studying it."?Science News

"A truly exceptional update on the psychology of love. . . . The volume contains chapters by leading scholars of love and intimate relationships and essentially asks them to update readers on their theories, thoughts, and accompanying empirical evidence. The authors do so exceptionally well. . . . This book (or selected chapters) is a fine summary for both undergraduate and graduate courses in advanced social psychology and more targeted courses on close relationships or love. Certain developmental, clinical, and counseling psychology scholars and practitioners will find some of the chapters useful."?Eddie M. Clark, PsycCRITIQUES