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The State of Affairs

Rethinking Infidelity
Lu par : Esther Perel
Durée : 11 h et 17 min
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Iconic couples' therapist and best-selling author Esther Perel returns with a provocative look at relationships through the lens of infidelity, providing the insight we so desperately need to help us move beyond a simplistic discussion.

An affair: it can rob a couple of their relationship, their happiness, their very identity. Adultery has existed since marriage was invented, and so, too, have the prohibitions against it - in fact adultery has a tenacity that marriage can only envy. And yet this extremely common human experience is so poorly understood. What are we to make of this time-honoured taboo - universally forbidden yet universally practiced? Why do people cheat? When we say 'infidelity', what exactly do we mean? Is there such a thing as an affair-proof marriage? Is it possible to love more than one person at once? Can an affair ever help a marriage?

Psychotherapist Esther Perel is recognised as one of the most insightful and original voices on modern love. For the past 10 years, she has worked with hundreds of couples who have grappled with infidelity. Betrayal hurts, she argues, but healing is possible. An affair can even be the doorway to a new marriage - with the same person. With the right approach, couples can learn from these tumultuous experiences, together or apart. Weaving real-life stories with incisive psychological and cultural analysis, Perel invites listeners into a truly revealing exploration of modern marriage.

©2017 Esther Perel (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Beautiful. A brilliantly intelligent plea for complexity, understanding, and - as always - kindness." (Alain de Botton)
"Esther Perel does nothing short of strip us of our deepest biases, remind us of our purpose in connecting as lovers, and save relationships that might otherwise sink into the sea-all with even-handed wisdom, fresh morality, and wise prose. Thank heavens for this woman." (Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl)

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  • Maria Jorquiera
  • 31/10/2017

Fantastic insight even for singles

I am single and while listening to this book, I have learned so much about myself. Amazing stories and new light into accepting that relationships are not black and white, and that is up to you to build one in the best way that serves you.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 25/11/2017

Insightful and well produced

What a treat to hear Esther’s wisdom from her own mouth. I recommend the book to all couples, not just those affected by infidelity.

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  • Pearl
  • 12/05/2018

amazing book

very insightful, emphathetic and full of wisdom. the book not only talks about infidelity but about the principle.behind human relationships

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  • 16/03/2018

a must read for any relationship

enjoyed the book. I loved how it was segmented. it was honest, objective and the perspective very balanced. quite insightful & challenging. a great read for anyone in a relationship, going through a challenge, considering infidelity or trying to recover from it. I hope it starts the right conversations

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  • 22/01/2018

Interesting, but hard to follow

Interesting book and content, but Esther has a very thick accent and a reading style that i personally found difficult to understand

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  • CharbelB
  • 10/01/2018

amazing therapy book

amazing book to deal with a breakup or trying to work through an affair. changes and heals perceptions.

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  • 07/03/2018

learning for life

This book is more than just about infidelity. It is about relationships in general & positions infidelity in this context. Absolutely great read & gives a very thorough understanding of the matter in question. No wonder, the author has been doing theraphy with actual couples around the world for decades!