Love Is a Story A New Theory of Relationships

ISBN-10: 0195131029
ISBN-13: 9780195131024
Edition: 1998
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Description: In this groundbreaking work, Robert Sternberg opens the book of love and shows you how to discover your own story--and how to read your relationships in a whole new light. What draws us so strongly to some people and repels us from others? What  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

In this groundbreaking work, Robert Sternberg opens the book of love and shows you how to discover your own story--and how to read your relationships in a whole new light. What draws us so strongly to some people and repels us from others? What makes some relationships work so smoothly and others burst into flames? Sternberg gives us new answers to these questions by showing that the kind of relationship we create depends on the kind of love stories we carry inside us. Drawing on extensive research and fascinating examples of real couples, Sternberg identifies 26 types of love story--including the fantasy story, the business story, the collector story, the horror story, and many others--each with its distinctive advantages and pitfalls, and many of which are clashingly incompatible. These are the largely unconscious preconceptions that guide our romantic choices, and it is only by becoming aware of the kind of story we have about love that we gain the freedom to create more fulfilling and lasting relationships. As long as we remain oblivious to the role our stories play, we are likely to repeat the same mistakes again and again. But the enlivening good news this book brings us is that though our stories drive us, we can revise them and learn to choose partners whose stories are more compatible with our own. Quizzes in each chapter help you to see which stories you identify with most strongly and which apply to your partner. Are you a traveler, a gardener, a teacher, or something else entirely? Love is a Story shows you how to find out.

Preface
The Stories We Tell
Love as a Story
Our Multiple Stories of Love
Story Elements
Some Kinds of Stories
Where Do Stories Come From, and Where Can They Go?
Love Stories
Asymmetrical Stories
The Teacher-Student Story
The Sacrifice Story
The Government Story
The Police Story
The Pornography Story
The Horror Story
Object Stories
Person as Object
The Science-Fiction Story
The Collection Story
The Art Story
Relationship as Object
The House and Home Story
The Recovery Story
The Religion Story
The Game Story
Coordination Stories
The Travel Story
The Sewing and Knitting Story
The Garden Story
The Business Story
The Addiction Story
Narrative Stories
The Fantasy Story
The History Story
The Science Story
The Cookbook Story
Genre Stories
The War Story
The Theater Story
The Humor Story
The Mystery Story
Implications
Testing the Story View
What Is Love?
Notes
Index

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