THE SIX DEMONS OF LOVE by Steve Berman

THE SIX DEMONS OF LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Six ""emotional obstacles"" that all men supposedly have to overcome in longterm ""love relationships"": one of the lesser of a very common breed. Berman has already written a book called Relationships with wife Vivien Weiss, and this too makes frequent reference to their domestic embroilments. (Otherwise, there are a few faceless, colorless interviewees, a few quotes from the likes of Herb Goldberg and Daniel Levinson.) The reader might decide, in fact, that ""The Anger Demon"" has the best of it here--what with Steve's disgust at Vivien's girlish behavior with an old friend, his feeling that she's different and unlikable. ""As a couple spends a lot of intense and isolated time together during the early stages of their relationship, they begin feeling more and more comfortable with one another. . . . But then, integrating that sense of themselves as a couple into their old social networks often proves problematic."" The agenda in general, however, is pretty predictable: from ""The Extinction Demon"" (fear of intimacy) and ""The Fusion Demon"" (over-dependency) through ""The Jealousy Demon"" and ""The Lust Demon."" How to conquer these bedevilments? With one or another, ""There's just no way around the difficult task of self-exploration."" Inoffensive but also inconsequential.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1984
Publisher: McGraw-Hill