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The Incurable Romantic and Other Tales of Madness and Desire

In The Incurable Romantic, Frank Tallis recounts the extraordinary stories of patients who are, quite literally, madly in love: a woman becomes utterly convinced that her dentist is secretly infatuated with her and drives him to leave the country; a man destroys his massive fortune through trysts with over three thousand prostitutes--because his ego requires that they fall in love with him; a beautiful woman's pathological jealousy destroys the men who love her. Along the way, we learn a great deal about the history of psychiatry and the role of neuroscience in addressing disordered love. Elegantly written and infused with deep sympathy, The Incurable Romantic shows how all of us can become a bit crazy in love....

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  • Lara K

    In ' The Incurable Romantic' , Frank Tallis presents us with a thought provoking portrait of love, it's idiosyncrasies, contradictions and perversities.The book is segmented into chapters, each delving into an aspect of love. Tallis, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, primarily uses his own clinical case studies to seduce us to follow him down a meandering path of psychological research, philosophy, art and literature, all in the name of this strange thing called love. And follow I did ...more

  • SundayAtDusk

    Someone, anyone could probably successfully argue this book is not about love. It’s about mental illness. It’s about obsessions and addictions and delusions and narcissism. Fortunately, our tour guide through those loveless states, Dr. Frank Tallis, a clinical psychologist, appears to be a compassionate and sane man, unlike some other psychologists who write books. This is his second book on the topic, too; the first being Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness; so he is well acquainted with the ma ...more

  • Penny

    "The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well".

    Fascinating selection of case histories from Tallis, a Clinical Psychologist who is also a very good writer - he can certainly tell an excellent tale!

    The case histories described are about the 'madness' of love and I was struck several times by how so called 'normal' behaviour can be just a whisper away from something far more sinister.

    I found the chapter describing a middle aged woman 'suffering' (and I don't use that word lightly)
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  • Janday

    Psychotherapist Frank Tallis introduces us to a few of his most extreme cases of love sickness that are, delicately put...unusual (indelicately put...bonkers). Despite my indelicate intrigue, I am usually respectfully wary of any doctor who puts his own cases on display lest it cross the line into exploitation. But it is apparent very early on that Dr. Tallis approaches these cases with the professional detachment and respect for the anonymity of his patients. He uses these extreme cases as a sp ...more