Okay, how many of you were a little freaked out when you first read the title of my blog? Don’t worry, this is a PG rated post. After walking into the library (apparently it’s National Library week?) I found a bunch of books on the shelf having to do with libraries. The first one I picked up was called “How Green Is My Library” — and while this seemed like an interesting read, I wanted to find something a little more exciting. I kept looking through the books on display in the front of the library and found one called “Dirty Minds: How our brains influence love, sex, and relationships” by Kayt Sukel. This should be entertaining…
After flipping through the book a little more, I was right: it was entertaining. Sukel writes, in the inside cover of the book, “philosophers, theologians, artists, and boy bands have waxed poetic about the nature of love for centuries. But what does the brain have to say about the way we carry our hearts?” This particular quote caught my attention because everyone once in a while I wonder why I, or other people, act a particular way in certain situations. Especially ones that have to do with love. The truth is, there is a lot more going on in our head than what we think. In sixteen powerful chapters in the book, Sukel examines the “intricate dance between the brain and our environment” and attemps to explain why love can torture us one day and transform us the next.
Some of the chapters in “Dirty Minds” include: The Neuroscience of Love, The Chemicals Between Us, His and Her Brains, The Neurobiology of Attraction, Making Love Last, and The Greatest Love of All. While those are only a few of the chapters included in the book, Sukel claims that after reading the entirety of the book, we will “never look at romance the same way again.” For a more in depth summary of the book, check out the video below of Sukel discussing the chemical effects love and sex have on our brains:
I realize this book probably won’t be at the top of the reading list for guys, but after skimming some of the chapters, it definitely looks like a fun read. Although my free time seems incredibily limited these days, I am nevertheless going to check out this book and hopefully read some of it this weekend.