All About Love: A Sampler of Library Books
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Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Learn more about love and the dynamics of relationships with these books from the Doyle and Mahoney libraries.
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If you’ve ever wondered how scientists measure love—or whether men really prefer blondes over brunettes—this book provides real answers to these and many other questions about our most baffling dating and mating behaviors. Based on the latest research in biology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? dares to explain the science behind sex—and opens a fascinating window on the intriguing phenomenon of love and attraction.
Mahoney Library: HQ23 .P55 2008
Instead of assuming that individuals bear responsibility for the misery of their romantic and erotic lives, the purpose of this book is to change our way of thinking about what is wrong in modern relationships. The author argues that the modern romantic experience and the selection of a partner are shaped by a fundamental transformation in the ecology and architecture of romantic choice.
Doyle Library: BF575 .L8 I44 2012
This book is about the importance of the couple relationship in the broadest terms. It draws on clinical researches into the inner world of adult couples, empirical developmental research into children and pareWnting, as well as the legal setting when relationships break down. It aims to bridge the inner and outer worlds, showing how our most intimate relationships have vital importance at all levels, from the individual and the family, to the social setting – and explores the implications for practice and policy. Above all, it is a book about applications of clinical thinking linked with research knowledge, as tools for front line workers and policy makers alike.
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We are conditioned to think that love heals wounds, makes us happy, and gives our lives meaning. When the opposite occurs and love causes fracturing, disenchantment, and existential turmoil, we suffer deeply, especially if we feel that love has failed us or that we have failed to experience what others seem so effortlessly to enjoy. In this book, the author portrays love as a much more complex, multifaceted phenomenon: an experience that helps us encounter the depths of human existence. Love's ruptures are as important as its triumphs, and sometimes love succeeds because it fails. At the heart of the author's argument is a meditation on interpersonal ethics that acknowledges the difficulty of taking responsibility for what we cannot fully understand.
Mahoney Library: BF575.L8 R8787 2011
Combine a first-class neuroscientist and an award-winning science journalist and the result is an engaging book about cutting edge science. The authors do a wonderful job of mixing and matching human studies with those of other animals to explain how chemicals influence and, at times, control behavior associated with sex, love, and longing.
Mahoney Library: BF575.L8 Y68 2012
Marriage is a mysterious, often irrational business. Making it work till death do you part--or just till the end of the week--isn't always easy. And no one ever handed you a user's manual. Until now. Here is a a clear-eyed, rational route to demystifying your disagreements and improving your relationship. The key, the authors propose, is to think like an economist. Economics is the study of resource allocation, after all. How do we--as partners in a society, a business, or a marriage--spend our limited time, money, and energy? And how do we allocate these resources most efficiently? Spousonomics answers these questions by taking classic economic concepts and applying them to the domestic front.
Doyle Library: HQ734 .S997 2011
Relationships are fundamental to nearly all human activity, from birth to death. When people participate in healthy, satisfying relationships, they live, work, and learn more effectively. When relationships are distressed or dysfunctional, people are less happy, less healthy, and less productive. Few aspects of human experience have as broad or as deep effects on our lives. This encyclopedia offers an interdisciplinary view of all types of human associations--friends, lovers, spouses, roommates, coworkers, teammates, parents and children, cousins, siblings, acquaintances, neighbors, business associates, and so forth. These three volumes in e-book format provide a state-of-the-art review of the extensive theories, concepts, and empirical findings about human relationships.
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This book offers a multitude of creative ways to get young adults talking about positive relationships, helping them to stay safe, healthy and happy. Focusing on peer friendships, personal relationships and family dynamics, issues covered include peer pressure, relationship bullying, decision-making, managing conflict at home and family values. This is an invaluable resource for all those working with young people, including youth workers, teachers and voluntary sector youth leaders, helping them to make sessions valuable, educational and enjoyable.
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