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Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.



Why do we need another book about love?

Our newest model of love and marriage is grounded in ideals of equality and wanting to be emotionally mirrored – to be seen, heard and felt accurately. These conditions make new demands on individuals and families. And we still have serious gaps in understanding what enduring love requires. We confuse love with the biology of attachment bonds, with the excitement of romance and sexual desire, or with our desires for pleasure or affection. And yet, love is and requires more than all these. This is my fourth book about love and I had to write it because it is needed. Even with all the data we have about our biology and hormones, couples and families continue to suffer tremendously in being able to assure themselves of enduring love.

True Love teaches reality to desire, openness to self-protection, and wisdom to hostility through developing the skills of Real Dialogue in your closest relationships.
— Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.
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Love Between Equals:
Relationship as a Spiritual Path

The modern committed relationship is under stress. The traditional archetypes experienced by our parents and grandparents seem to fail us, and divorce rates are as high as ever. These days, our vow is no longer “until death do us part” but “I’ll stay as long as this suits me.”

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