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February 3, 1989

False Love and Other Romantic Illusions

JAMA. 1989;261(5):773-774. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420050125057

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This book is not a heavyweight contender as a medical text but is well worth polishing up your bifocals for.

The impact is that, perhaps for the first time, one realizes the extent to which our society exists in a world of illusions rather than reality and that we are all paying for it by being trapped into relationships either fraught with insecurity or destined for failure, not only in our loving relationships, as evidenced by a 50% divorce rate, but in other interactions as well. The authors direct their efforts toward the younger audience in defining "The False Love Syndrome" vs "True Love," spelling out how these opposites can be recognized in ourselves and others and what can be done to replace the false with the true. Their literary style is romantic rather than pedantic:

"When you were a child, I crept into your dreams. Dazzlingly attractive, glamorous, and