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You have such a dirty mind…


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:

Kayte Sukel, “Dirty Minds”

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.

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3 thoughts on “You have such a dirty mind…

  1. Great title Jenna! Definitely that’s what enticed me to read your post. I think a few of us have talked about the notion of judging books by their covers and titles are definitely apart of that. Pretty sure Kayte Sukel had that in mind when titling her book “Dirty Minds.” I like that the book doesn’t turn out to be what it sounds like after reading the title – it actually sounds very well researched and intellectual. I also like that she throws some humor around, which is always a good thing to keep your reader entranced (Dana’s post on Betty White would agree).

    Posted by Beth O'Brien | April 13, 2012, 2:57 pm
  2. This seems like a really interesting book Jenna. I’m not much of a romantic but I can see this book tying me down for a few days. I think it would be especially interesting to look into the prevalent “hook up” culture of college. I could see Derek writing a book similar to this one…

    Posted by Patrick | April 16, 2012, 10:09 pm
  3. Why wouldn’t males be interested? I know many who secretly pick up Cosmo to read _those_ articles. I tend to suspect that some of the supposed radical differences between how men and women experience love and sex are less totalizing (in other words, the experience is as much “human” as “gendered”) and less homogenous than all the socialization leads us to think.

    Posted by Jordi | April 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

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