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CC04 Workshop 18 - Exploring the Interaction Between Lust, Romantic Attraction and Attachment - Helen Fisher, PhD

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Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2004
Helen E. Fisher, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Mar 28, 2004
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This workshop discusses the brain circuitry of the three primary mating emotions: lust, attraction and attachment. It traces the evolution of these emotion systems and illustrates how their neural circuitry contributes to contemporary patterns of marital harmony and discord including adultery; divorce; stalking behavior; clinical depression due to rejection in love; and other issues brought to contemporary couples therapy.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe how data from biology, evolution and neuroscience explain human patterns of courtship and family life.
  2. To name three ways the three primary emotion systems contribute to intimacy, marriage and divorce.

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Helen E. Fisher, PhD, is a biological anthropologist and a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She has written five books on the evolution and future of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, the chemistry of romantic love, and most recently, human personality types and why we fall in love with one person rather than another.