Love, Sex, and Intimacy: Their Psychology, Biology, and History

Love, Sex, and Intimacy: Their Psychology, Biology, and History

Love, Sex, and Intimacy: Their Psychology, Biology, and History

Love, Sex, and Intimacy: Their Psychology, Biology, and History

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"I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but
something whispers to me- perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar,
that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not my dear Sarah,
never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the
battle field, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults, and the many
pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often times been!
How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your
happiness".

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen
around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and
in the darkest nights … always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon
your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it
shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead: think I am gone
and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.

Letter from Maj. Sullivan Bailou to his wife Sarah during the Civil War.
One week after he wrote the letter, Sullivan Bailou was killed in the first
battle of Bull Run (Quoted in Quindlen, 1990, p. A 19).

In Western culture, there is nothing most individuals desire more than a loving, intimate relationship that lasts for a lifetime. Yet, as a bewildered population generally recognizes, people rarely achieve such sweet, lasting attachments. Why is that so?

The mystery grows more perplexing as we realize how profoundly our society . . .

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