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Unrequited

women and romantic obsession

First edition.

Published .
Written in English.

About the Book

The summer Lisa A. Phillips turned thirty, she fell in love with someone who didn't return her feelings. She soon became obsessed. She followed him around, called him compulsively, and talked about him endlessly. One desperate morning, after she snuck into his apartment building, he picked up a baseball bat to protect himself and began to dial 911. Her unrequited love had changed her from a sane, conscientious college teacher and radio reporter into someone she barely recognized -- someone who was taking her yearning much too far. In Unrequited, Phillips explores the tremendous force of obsessive love in women's lives. She argues that it needs to be understood, respected, and channeled for personal growth -- yet it also has the potential to go terribly awry. Interweaving her own story with frank interviews and in-depth research in science, psychology, cultural history, and literature, Phillips describes how romantic obsession takes root, grows, and strongly influences our thoughts and behaviors.

About the Edition

The summer Lisa A. Phillips turned thirty, she fell in love with someone who didn't return her feelings. She soon became obsessed. She followed him around, called him compulsively, and talked about him endlessly. One desperate morning, after she snuck into his apartment building, he picked up a baseball bat to protect himself and began to dial 911. Her unrequited love had changed her from a sane, conscientious college teacher and radio reporter into someone she barely recognized -- someone who was taking her yearning much too far. In Unrequited, Phillips explores the tremendous force of obsessive love in women's lives. She argues that it needs to be understood, respected, and channeled for personal growth -- yet it also has the potential to go terribly awry. Interweaving her own story with frank interviews and in-depth research in science, psychology, cultural history, and literature, Phillips describes how romantic obsession takes root, grows, and strongly influences our thoughts and behaviors.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The unwanted woman
Do you love me?: The allure of unsatisfied desire
Holding out: Following the script of unrequited love
Erotic melancholy: Lovesickness as a label of shame
Boy chasers: The (fe)male urge to pursue
Falling from the stars: Losing yourself to the narcissism of unrequited love
The gender pass: Female stalkers and their invisible victims
Crush: Unrequited love as girl power
Primal teacher: The transformational power of unrequited love
Letting go: How obsession ends.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-279) and index.

Copyright Date
2015

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
364.158
Library of Congress
HV6594 .P45 2015

The Physical Object

Pagination
x, 291 pages ;
Number of pages
291

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26650421M
Internet Archive
unrequitedwomenr0000phil
ISBN 10
0062114018
ISBN 13
9780062114013
LC Control Number
2015303272
OCLC/WorldCat
879583319
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