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Love is a Story: A New Theory of Relationships Hardcover – 31 Jul 1998

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (31 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195106423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195106428
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.8 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Love is a Story comes to us from one of America's most insightful and clear-headed thinkers on the perplexing subject of love. I've long been a fan of Robert Sternberg, whose theories of relationships have proven enormously useful in my own work." -- Dr. Judith Sills, author of the bestselling
Excess Baggage, and Loving Men More, Needing Men Less



"Love is a Story comes to us from one of America's most insightful and clear-headed thinkers on the perplexing subject of love. I've long been a fan of Robert Sternberg, whose theories of relationships have proven enormously useful in my own work." -- Dr. Judith Sills, author of the bestselling
Excess Baggage, and Loving Men More, Needing Men Less


"Love is a Story comes to us from one of America's most insightful and clear-headed thinkers on the perplexing subject of love. I've long been a fan of Robert Sternberg, whose theories of relationships have proven enormously useful in my own work." -- Dr. Judith Sills, author of the bestselling Excess Baggage, and Loving Men More, Needing Men Less



"Love is a Story comes to us from one of America's most insightful and clear-headed thinkers on the perplexing subject of love. I've long been a fan of Robert Sternberg, whose theories of relationships have proven enormously useful in my own work." -- Dr. Judith Sills, author of the bestselling Excess Baggage, and Loving Men More, Needing Men Less





"Love is a Story comes to us from one of America's most insightful and clear-headed thinkers on the perplexing subject of love. I've long been a fan of Robert Sternberg, whose theories of relationships have proven enormously useful in my own work." -- Dr. Judith Sills, author of the bestselling Excess Baggage, and Loving Men More, Needing Men Less


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert J. Sternberg, Ph.D., is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University. He is the coauthor of Satisfaction in Close Relationships, the author of Successful Intelligence, Thinking Styles and many other books and articles. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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I think this is a great book. It's the first book I have read about love and relationships that really makes sense to me. The author explains why we choose certain people to be our partner and why we so often get it wrong. It's written in an informal language so it's easy to understand. This is not a self-help book and I would highly recommend it.
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This book has changed my perspective on how I look at relationship. It is not only that I recommend it, I think it is a must have for anyone wanting to be in a serious relationship. Rather that trying trial and error and get hurt and potentially hurt a dear person one should identify one's own stories and the ones one is seeking in a partner. Identify if they are symmetrical or asymmetrical with a partner. After all there is nothing stopping anyone to analyse relationships as any other science and the study of subconsciousness is critical here. I think I would have avoided a few disasters if I had read this book before. On that note perhaps I would also avoid a few beautiful moments that ended in sadness as well. Choice is up to you, good book if you want to avoid your next romantic disaster.
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An excellent, thoughtful and interesting book. Three 'stories' jumped off the page at me and it seems a perfectly reasonable theory.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting analysis of why we fall in love 2 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you ever question why we fall in love, why we choose our romantic partners, why we stay in relationships, the author has answers that will shock and haunt you -- or at least that was what I found upon reading this book. And it all made sense, especially in the weeks after reading it, when I considered and reconsidered all that was said. Every possible love relationship is studied, and every possible explanation emerges. You will understand yourself more and understand others as well. Just fascinating, and as you practice what the author has preached, you'll start to discover that he is right.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be the author of your own Love Story 10 Jan. 2001
By Ta-Wei Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many couples end up with fight, conflict, or separation. Probably it is because they have different Love Stories which can not match perfectly. Robert J. Sternberg is a leading schalor on the psychology of love. Barrowing from the latest view of narrative psychotherapy approach, Sternberg uses qualitative study to interview people and finds out several kinds of common Love Stories. You may belong to one or more Stories. The most important implications of the book is that you have to find the right one whose love story matches yours. I find the ideas very useful in my work of counseling college students. Love and relationships are the core issues during this developmental stage. I recommend it to all who are troubled by their own intimate relationships. Counselors and therapists will also gain a lot of insight reading this book!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for psychotherapists and clients alike 26 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a Psychologist,I've been using this book with many of my clients. It is great for getting people to consider their own part in ongoing relationship problems (i.e. figuring out their own love story), as well as for helping people assess their partner's role in the problems (i.e. assessing their partner's love story). I am getting excellent feedback for my clients regarding the book's helpfulness.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I get it! 5 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It isn't THE answer but it fills in an essential part of the equation that we call "relationship." Sternberg gave me a great deal to think about and a new perspective on my own relationships.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Story Written Just For You 17 May 2009
By Ahmet Celebiler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have recommended this book and given it as presents to people with broken and/or problematic relationships, and to young people considering new relationships. "Love is a Story" provides a different perspective to understanding relationships without accusations and remorse. The book allows one to review past and current relationships calmly and dispassionately.
However, unfortunately, most people prefer ego trips, finding scapegoats and blaming a partner. If you have already made your final analysis of your partner and your relationship, this book will probably not convince you that the situation is also part of your making and that there is a high possibility that your next relationship may follow a similar pattern.
But, if you are able to view objectively, the book will give you the means of analysing your part, your partner's part and the resulting story of the relationship, so that you may discuss things with your partner on the same basis and not fall into further traps.
I recommend the book strongly to psychologists, psychiatrists (not psychoanalysts)and people who are into new relationships (and have some doubts,) as well as amateur and professional life-coaches. You may find it fun to read and discuss with your partner even if you have a terrific relationship. It may give you a good feeling to be able to say, "This is our Story, isn't it wonderful!"
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