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For my part, I know I’d probably succumb to a stereotype threat and if for some bizarre reason all the people I have known in my life were in a room together, I would probably beg the ground to swallow me whole because I would be switching from mask to mask in a matter of microseconds.

Her lie was symptomatic of a certain pride she took in mocking the romantic, in being unsentimental, matter-of-fact, stoic; yet at heart she was the opposite: idealistic, dreamy, giving, and deeply attached to everything she liked verbally to dismiss as "mushy. Unrequited love may be painful, but it is safely painful, because it does not involve inflicting damage on anyone but oneself, a private pain that is as bitter-sweet as it is self-induced.And if you start off hating them, there's always the chance you'll end up thinking they're all right.

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So, to have it written that even the best relationships don’t have that element of complete vulnerability was heartening. We throw a cordon of love around the chosen one and decide that everything within it will somehow be free of our faults. Everyone will undoubtedly relate to the different stages of the relationship, from initial uncomfortable exchanges, charged with expectation, to the concern that you are more involved than your object of desire.

With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. The beautiful and complex prose is enough alone to make you read it but then there's that incredible insight that you can only give when perceiving something from a subjective second person position.Alain de Botton is the author of Essays in Love (1993), The Romantic Movement (1994), Kiss and Tell (1995), How Proust can Change your Life (1997), The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) The Art of Travel (2002), Status Anxiety (2004) and most recently, The Architecture of Happiness (2006).

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