Esther Perel: The State of Affairs
Wednesday October 11: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Iconic couples’ therapist and bestselling author of Mating in Captivity Esther Perel is back with a brand-new book, this one taking a fresh look at an age-old taboo: infidelity.
In The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, Esther argues that affairs have a lot to teach us about marriage. They offer a window into our personal and cultural attitudes about love, lust, and commitment. Infidelity is considered one of the most traumatic events that can befall a couple, yet this all too common experience is poorly understood. Using real-life stories pulled from couples visiting her therapy practice over the past decade, Esther implores her readers to engage in a new conversation about the topic, in the hope of gaining a better understanding of the meaning of trust and fidelity.
According to Esther, affairs can have many meanings and many outcomes. While for some couples an affair can rob them of their relationship and even their sense of identity, for others it can act as a powerful alarm system, shaking them out of complacency to save their relationship and strengthen their marriage.
If you've ever wondered why infidelity is universally forbidden yet universally practiced, why even people in happy marriages cheat, or if it's even possible to affair-proof a marriage -- Esther is ready to join you in the Rare Book Room to discuss these questions and more.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Perel discusses these questions and more!
Psychotherapist Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she holds a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 18 million views and her bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 24 languages. Her second book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins) is due out October 2017. Esther is also an executive producer and the host of the Audible original series Where Should We Begin?