Helen Fisher Professor of Anthropology

Rutgers University


Helen Fisher is an anthropologist specializing in the study of interpersonal romantic attraction. Her research into love and behavior leads her to the conclusion that the desire for love is a universal human drive, stronger than even the drive for sex. She has conducted extensive research into the evolution of sex, love, marriage, gender differences, and how your personality shapes who you love. Fisher believes that there are three main systems in the brain that deal with mating and reproduction: the sex drive, romantic love, and long-term attachment. Understanding the different qualities and goals of these three systems is crucial for navigating the ins and outs of love and relationships. It’s especially important to realize that the evolutionary background of love relationships is all about reproduction of the species, which at times may conflict with our wishes and expectations. As Fisher puts it, “I don’t think we’re an animal that was built to be happy; we are an animal that was built to reproduce.”

The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior
Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray
The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They are Changing the World
Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love By Understanding Your Personality Type

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