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Love Factually by Laura Mucha

Love Factually

The Science of Who, How and Why We Love

Laura Mucha

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1 review

Category: Non-fiction, Psychology
Imprint: Bloomsbury Sigma
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 24 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781472954350

Poets, philosophers and artists have been trying to explain romantic love for centuries, but it remains one of the most complex and intimidating terrains to navigate. Most people are afraid to be open and honest about their relationships - until now. For Love Factually, Laura Mucha has interviewed hundreds of strangers, from the ages of 8 to 95 in more than 40 countries, asking them to share their most personal stories, feelings and insights about love. These intimate and illuminating conversations raised important questions, such as: - How does your upbringing influence your relationships? - Does love at first sight exist? Should you 'just know'? - What should you look for in a partner? - Is monogamy natural? - Why do people cheat? - How do you know when it's time to walk away?

3 stars out of 5
Sam Leith
9 Feb 2019

"From intense early lust to placidly watching TV in onesies – a nosy parker’s guide to the chemistry of love"

Here is a cheery, chatty book with a smile/wince-inducing play on words in the title and a slightly misleading subtitle, offering to make things clearer. Laura Mucha usefully tells us, for instance, that the ancient Greeks used no fewer than seven different words for love, one of which wasn’t even Greek: storge (for the natural affection a parent feels for a child), eros (for romantic love), ludus (for playful affection between children or casual lovers), philia(for loving friendship), pragma (for “mature love, including patience, tolerance and compromise”), philautia (for self-love), and agape (for “selfless, unconditional love that expects nothing in return”).

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