Love to the test of the couple

Love to the Test of the Couple, Larousse, “Philosopher” series, 2011

Is the couple meant to last more than three years? Is it a prison? Should we sacrifice ourselves for love? Does communication solve everything? Do men really come from Mars and women from Venus? But what is love? And what about the desire in all this? These are some of the questions asked in this book.

Psychology and literature have the habit of grasping the problems of the couple and of love. Philosophy has it less, apart from some big names like Plato. I use here my double hat of philosopher and psycho-sexologist to question love and the couple, love in the couple, the foundation of couples on love. I place these questions in today’s society, which conveys specific representations of love and the couple, and produces expectations too high for the simple human beings that we are. If the couple is a trial for love, love is a trial for the men and women who venture into it. It is that, if it can bring joy and comfort, it is never far from awakening the wounds and sufferings that haunt each and every one of us, and that remind us of our human condition.

Page on the publisher’s website (in french)