Inventing a Science of Love

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1283–1284. Reviews the book, Theories of Love Development, Maintenance, and Dissolution: Octagonal Cycle and Differential Perspectives edited by Oliver C. S. Tzeng (see record 1992-98336-000). Oliver C. S. Tzeng, is editor and sole or first author of all 15 chapters in this ambitious volume, that presents a “scientific” model of human behavior, which is used to evaluate theories of love development, maintenance, and dissolution. On the one hand, the literature review is astonishingly broad, and Tzeng and his colleagues provide potentially useful guidelines for understanding and conducting relationship research. On the other hand, Tzeng has presented a cumbersome, unparsimonious model for explaining human behavior in general and love in particular. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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