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With Esther Perel (Author, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity).
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 06:00 PM    Cost: $35
Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Ave, 4th Fl
 
     
 
 
              

      
 
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An intimate author's series & book talk featuring some of the most influential writers. Come to engage with some of the world's leading storytellers, change-agents, & big picture thinkers as they discuss their latest work & lead insightful & provocative conversations. Together, we want to empower our local community to gather around topics & issues that matter. Snacks, wine, & beer will be served.

The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity

Iconic couples' therapist & bestselling author of Mating in Captivity Esther Perel returns with a provocative look at relationships through the lens of infidelity.

Affairs, she argues, have a lot to teach us about the human heart-what we expect, what we think we want, & what we feel entitled to. They offer a unique window into our personal & cultural attitudes about love, lust, & commitment. Through examining illicit love from multiple angles, Perel invites readers into an honest, enlightened, & entertaining exploration of modern marriage in its many variations.

An affair: it can rob a couple of their relationship, their happiness, their very identity. And yet, this extremely common human experience is so poorly understood. Adultery has existed since marriage was invented, & so too the prohibition against it-in fact, it has a tenacity that marriage can only envy. So what are we to make of this time-honored taboo-universally forbidden yet universally practiced? Why do people cheat-even those in happy marriages? Why does an affair hurt so much? When we say infidelity, what exactly do we mean? Do our romantic expectations of marriage set us up for betrayal? 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? Perel weaves real-life case stories with incisive psychological & cultural analysis in this fast-paced & compelling book.

For the past ten years, Perel has traveled the globe & worked with hundreds of couples who have grappled with infidelity. Betrayal hurts, she writes, but it can be healed. An affair can even be the doorway to a new marriage-with the same person. With the right approach, couples can grow & learn from these tumultuous experiences, together or apart.

Fiercely intelligent, The State of Affairs provides a daring framework for understanding the intricacies of love & desire. As Perel observes, Love is messy; infidelity more so. But it is also a window, like no other, into the crevices of the human heart.
 
 
 
 
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