The New Science of Intimate Relationships
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The New Science of Intimate Relationships.
PART I: THREE THEORETICAL PLANKS.
2. The Intimate Relationship Mind: Theories About Theories about Theories.
3. The Origins of the Intimate Relationship Mind.
4. Love and Other Emotions in Intimate Relationships.
PART II: THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS.
5. Reading Minds and Personalities in Intimate Relationships.
6. Communication and Relationship Success.
7. Attachment and Intimacy.
8. Selecting Mates and Relationships.
PART III: SEX AND VIOLENCE.
9. Sex and Passion.
10. The Strange Case of Aggression in Intimate Relationships.
PART IV: CONCLUSION.
11. Assembling the Intimate Relationship Mind.
Garth Fletcher is Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and is a fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand, The Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychological Society. He is the author of The Scientific Credibility of Folk Psychology (1995) and a co-editor of Cognition in Close Relationships (1991), Knowledge Structures in Close Relationships (1996) and the Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes (2001).
- Looks at what science can tell us about love, sex and friendship.
- Synthesises ideas from different sub-disciplines of psychology.
- Written to be accessible to general readers as well as students.
"This is an important, fascinating, and delightful book. Garth
Fletcher offers the reader an up-to-date summary of the most
interesting and important work on human sexual relationships, and
he pulls these pieces together with a grand and profound
understanding of how -- and why -- people carry on intimate
relationships. The book is so beautifully written that one moves
easily from chapter to chapter, learning something new on almost
every page." Roy Baumeister, Professor of Psychology at Case
Western Reserve University, and author of The Social Dimension of
Sex and Evil and Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
"In this lively new book, Garth Fletcher has provided a much
needed interdisciplinary integration of the diverse scientific
fields that study intimate relationships. Researchers will find
their work ably presented in a volume that is scholarly, fiercely
intelligent, and even-handed. Students and lay readers will also
enjoy the many insights and discoveries so engagingly presented in
this fascinating book." Letitia Anne Peplau, Professor of
Psychology at UCLA, and co-author of Social Psychology (10th.
Edition) and co-editor of Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity: Current
Research about Men and Women
“Garth Fletcher succeeds brilliantly at reaching just the
right balance of rigorous scholarship and great storytelling…
What I enjoyed most about this book was not only the fascinating
tour of current research and theory, but also the sheer joy of
science that underlies each chapter…a delightful and
important book.” Associate Professor Nancy Collins,
University of California at Santa Barbara, ISSPR Bulletin
A superb book…engagingly written, insightful, richly
detailed, and admirably comprehensive. It is a joy to read.
"The New Science of Intimate Relationships is a bold attempt to cover the landscape in a way that will appeal to lay readers, students, and researchers alike. Overall, Fletcher does a good job walking the fine line among these audiences... all readers will gain insights into their intimate relationship minds." Mark R. Leary, Wake Forest University, The Human Nature Review, Volume 3, 2003