While many pop-psych books prescribe band-aids for emotional ills, this one not only offers corrective surgery, but also diligently defines the disease itself. Drawing on ten years of research, including thousands of interview hours with more than 1,700 people, clinical psychologists Hindy and Schwarz, with help from science writer Brodsky, present a serious study of the reasons some men and women repeatedly travel dead-end roads in their romantic quests. They define the symptoms of romantic anxiety and obsession through scores of extensive case studies and delve into individual histories to show how patterns learned in childhood and repeated as adults reveal recipes for exalted suffering. The final segment offers reasonable, therapeutic techniques for the reader to personally examine and alter levels of romantic anxiety, insecurity, and obsession. Through intriguing anecdotes, well-explained psychological methodology, and clear charts, this comprehensive book offers solace, and new paths leading out of romantic cul-de-sacs.