Primal Love: Reclaiming Our Instincts for Lasting Passion

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An exploration of our evolutionary inheritance shows how the patterns nature evolved from the past make our love lives simultaneously wonderful and miserable today

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Going beyond those psychologists who consider the inner child a product of childhood wounding that should be considered in interpersonal relationship therapy, Gillette (King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, HarperCollins, 1990) argues that our inner child is at its deepest level a product of the evolution of the different primal sexual strategies of our genders. Relying on the research of evolutionary biologists, cultural anthropologists, clinical and depth psychologists, primate ethologists, and brain and hormonal researchers, Gillette divides the link between primate and human evolution into three time frames (jungle, savanna, and civilized) and describes a corresponding sexual reproductive strategy behavior for each. He then illustrates how gender clashes are a result of underlying differences in primal sexual strategies. Thus, the goal of relational therapy is to lift our primate heritage into consciousness so that we can recognize and reconnect with the animal instincts at our core. Self-evaluations and relational exercises are included. Scrupulously documented and guaranteed to elicit rich discussion, this book is recommended for human development collections in academic and large public libraries.
David R. Johnson, Louisiana State Univ. Lib., Eunice
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Gillette (The King Within), therapist and men's-movement facilitator, here takes the reader on an odyssey back to humans' ancestral origins to trace the evolutionary roots behind relationship troubles. Rather than being "neurotic," he argues, these problems stem from an imperfect fusing of the three levels of human primate development: jungle time, savannah time and civilization. According to Gillette, men and women differ because of their different "wiring" needed to promote survival prior to civilization. For example, during savannah time, women became more emotional and "dependent" to ensure men's protection of themselves and their unweaned young from grasslands predators. For men, the need for "variety" was necessary to ensure the impregnation of many females to expand the gene pool. Civilization has forced humans to suppress their animal desires, however, resulting in strife between the sexes. Using questionnaires and creative imagery, Gillette suggests that by accepting "the animal within," men and women can have more harmonious, exciting and sensual relationships while remaining "civilized."
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