Breaking Hearts: The Two Sides of Unrequited Love (Emotions and Social Behavior) (Hardcover)

Breaking Hearts: The Two Sides of Unrequited Love (Emotions and Social Behavior) By Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, Sara R. Wotman Cover Image
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Throughout history, unrequited love has inspired ballads, arias, poetry, drama, and literature. Almost always, however, the tale of the "star-crossed lovers" has been told from the point of view of the heartbroken pursuer. This illuminating new work explores unrequited love from both sides--that of the aspiring and eventually brokenhearted lover, and more unusually, that of the beloved, unwilling rejector. Based on systematically collected first-person accounts, BREAKING HEARTS shows how radically different and often contradictory the two experiences actually are.

About the Author

Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Florida State University (Emeritus) and at the University of Queensland in Australia. One of social psychology's most highly cited researchers, Dr. Baumeister has been conducting research, teaching, and thinking about the human self since the 1970s. His work spans multiple topics, including self and identity, self-control, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, violence and evil, self-esteem, self-presentation, emotion, decision making, consciousness and free will, and finding meaning in life. He has written approximately 700 professional publications as well as numerous books for professionals and the general public. Dr. Baumeister is a recipient of awards including the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and the William James Fellow Award, the highest honor of the Association for Psychological Science.

Praise For…

"Often I found myself swept along by the charming, fluid style in which the book is written....In short, the authors are highly successful in creating a book that will appeal to a wide audience....This book makes a significant contribution to the literature."
— Contemporary Psychology

"For all who've ever loved and lost, and for all therapists who've worked with lovesick clients (or their fantasy objects)."
— Behavioral Science Book Service

Product Details
ISBN: 9780898625431
ISBN-10: 0898625432
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: October 16th, 1992
Pages: 241
Language: English
Series: Emotions and Social Behavior