Helen Fisher, Ph.D., one of the world's leading experts on the nature of romantic love and attachment, is the chief scientific adviser to Chemistry.com, a division of Match.com. She is the author of four previous books, two of which--"The First Sex" and "The Anatomy of Love"--were "New York Times" Notable Books. A research professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, she lives in New York City.
Fisher (anthropology, Rutgers Univ.; Why We Love) presents her research for Chemistry.com on personality types and long-term relationships. Paralleling the theories of Hippocrates, Carl Jung, David Keirsey, and others, she posits that people fall into four different groups of inherited temperament: explorers, builders, directors, and negotiators. She offers a test for readers to find their type and thoroughly explains the traits of each temperament and the corresponding chemicals and hormones. To illustrate these traits, Fisher assigns well-known historical figures to the types. Next, readers learn what each type is looking for in a mate, what sort of connection the different types hope to make, and how they behave in dating and relationships. Fisher explores each of the ten possible relationship combinations of the four types, describing strengths and pitfalls of each. There is also a section on the biology of first impressions and early dating behaviors. Readers seeking a long-term relationship will be interested in Fisher's ideas, and her book is recommended for larger public libraries.-Erica L. Foley, Clinton-Macomb P.L., Clinton Twp., MI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.