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The Psychology of Love and Hate in Intimate Relationships

Editors: Aumer, Katherine (Ed.)

  • Provides an insightful view on how romantic relationships develop, thrive, and-sometimes- die
  • Covers historical and cultural analyses of love, lust, and hate within the context of romantic relationships
  • Explores the latest developments in romantic relationships, like social acceptability of polyamory and use of technology
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About this book

Social psychology has made great advancements in understanding how our romantic relationships function and to some extent, dissolve. However, the social and behavioral sciences in much of western scholarship often focus exclusively on the more positive aspects of intimate relationships--and less so on more controversial or unconventional aspects. The goal of this volume is to explore and illuminate some of these underrepresented aspects: aspects such as non-monogamy, female orgasm, sadism, and hate, that often function alongside love in intimate relationships. Ultimately, by looking at intimate relationships in this way, the volume contributes to and advocates for a more holistic and comprehensive view of intimate relationships.  

Throughout the volume, contributors from social, clinical, and evolutionary psychology cover love and hate from a variety of (sometimes opposing) perspectives. The first section, covers love and the changing landscape of intimate relationships. Its chapters review the current literature and research of understudied topics like non-monogamy, female orgasm, sexual fantasies, and the viewpoint of love as something other than positive. The second section explores hate and how hate can operate in intimate relationships--for example, the appearance of sadistic behavior and debates the nature of hate as either a motivation or emotion. The volume concludes, by looking at ways in which the appearance of hate in relationships can be dealt with and overcome successfully. Taken together, these two sections reflect the full variety of experiences within intimate relationships.  With the aim of exploring how love and hate can-and frequently do-work together, The Psychology of Love and Hate in Intimate Relationships is a fascinating psychological exploration of intimate relationships in modern times. It is an invaluable resource to academics and students specializing in psychology, gender, and sociology, including clinicians and therapists, and all those interested in increasing our knowledge of intimate relationships.    

About the authors

Dr. Katherine Aumer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Hawaii Pacific University, in Honolulu, HI. She received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. She has conducted research in the areas of emotion, relationship satisfaction, and racial identity. She is currently conducting research on sexual identity and personality in long term relationships. 



Reviews

“The chapters are very interesting and consistently well written. Each will be useful to graduate students and researchers interested in a specific subdomain. Where relevant literature has accumulated, the contributors have done a good job of representing what is known and highlighting areas where inquiry should proceed.” (Brian H. Stagner, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (6), April, 2017)

“Psychoanalysts and existential psychologists have long theorized the ‘coexistence of love and hate’ in intimate relationships. … the goal of this title is to gather the work of those who have done so. … the work is split into two parts: one section on love, and the other on hate. … Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (J. Ostenson, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Psychology of Love and Hate in Intimate Relationships

    Aumer, Katherine

    Pages 1-9

  • Unweaving the Rainbow of Human Sexuality: A Review of One-Night Stands, Serious Romantic Relationships, and the Relationship Space in Between

    Jonason, Peter K. (et al.)

    Pages 13-28

  • The Importance and Meaning of Sexual Fantasies in Intimate Relationships

    Ziegler, Ali (et al.)

    Pages 29-45

  • The Science of Female Orgasms: Pleasing Female Partners in Casual and Long-Term Relationships

    Matsick, Jes L. (et al.)

    Pages 47-63

  • Passionate Love: Inspired by Angels or Demons?

    Hatfield, Elaine (et al.)

    Pages 65-82

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39277-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39275-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of Love and Hate in Intimate Relationships
Editors
  • Katherine Aumer
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39277-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39277-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39275-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 184
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 illustrations in colour
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