Masquerades: Finding Love Amid the Myths and Fantasies

In earlier times, masquerades were sensual, festive gatherings in which participants wore masks and costumes to conceal their normal identities, and so freed themselves to be whoever they wished. We look here at something similar, in which egos, expectations, and nature herself combine to fashion myths and shared fantasies of who and what we are, which are at odds with our real selves. More

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About Richard Driscoll, PhD, with Nancy Ann Davis, Ph.D.

Richard Driscoll, PhD, is the principle author of the widely cited "Romeo and Juliet effect" research (a Google search yields 100 thousand citations). Masquerades is his second major work on relationships.
Dr D has produced several innovative anxiety reduction training CDs, including "Shield Out Negativity," "Confidence Training for Tests," and "Blast Past Road Page."
He published "Masquerades," with Nancy Ann Davis, Ph.D., who is also his wife. The authors carefully identify camouflaged illusions between men and women, explore their origins, and to suggest ways to bridge our differences. Close observation shows how human nature is innately chivalrous, protecting women while holding men accountable, although most of us believe it is the other way around.
The authors are interested in stabilizing relationships and including fathers in families. The authors suggest ways to see through the fiction and focus on the realities.


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