Dec 04 / Simcha

New Love: A Short Shelf Life (S. Lyubomirsky)

Detail, NYTimes illustration: Graham Roumieu

In the following selection from a recent New York Times article (12.01.12), psychology professor Sonya Lyubomirsky (Univ. of CA, Riverside) examines why new, passionate love, a state of intense longing, desire and attraction inevitably morphs, in time, into companionate love, a less impassioned blend of deep affection and connection. She also proposes a powerful antidote to familiarity.

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