Blind mazes: A study of love

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 665. Reviews the book, Blind mazes: A study of love by George W. Kelling (see record 1980-51394-000). This book, according to the jacket, “is an attempt to explain what love is, why it brings such misery and conflict, why the conflict and misery are inevitable, and why many bad relationships are not terminated.” And, “It is also an attempt to explain why marriage and other kinds of institutionalization of love are core causes of the misery.” The book is about all of that, all right, and more. Kelling's guidance is deceptively facile, however, for when one arrives at the end of the maze, one could no more retrace one's steps than remember exactly where one was four pages ago. Thus, the caveat to the readers that this should not be regarded as a “how-to-do-it” book turns out to be quite unnecessary. Nevertheless, this treatise provides a pleasant evening's journey through a fascinating labyrinth. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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