Bella DePaulo, Ph.D., is a social psychologist who did her graduate work at Harvard. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. DePaulo is single and living in Summerland, California.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Ch 1 Singlism: The 21st Century Problem That Has No Name
Ch 2 Science and the Single Person
Ch 3 Myth #1 The Wonder of Couples:
Marrieds know best.
Ch 4 Myth #2 Single-Minded:
You are interested in just one thing – getting coupled.
Ch 5 Myth #3 The Dark Aura of Singlehood:
You are miserable and lonely and your life is tragic.
Ch 6 Myth #4 It Is All About You:
Like a child, you are self-centered and immature and your time isn’t worth anything since you have nothing to do but play.
Ch 7 Myth #5 Attention Single Women:
Your work won’t love you back and your eggs will dry up. Also, you don’t get any and you’re promiscuous.
Ch 8 Myth #6 Attention Single Men:
You are horny, slovenly, and irresponsible, and you are the scary criminals. Or, you are sexy, fastidious, frivolous, and gay.
Ch 9 Myth #7 Attention Single Parents:
Your kids are doomed.
Ch 10 Myth #8 Too Bad You’re Incomplete:
You don’t have anyone and you don’t have a life.
Ch 11 Myth #9 Poor Soul:
You will grow old alone and you will die in a room by yourself where no one will find you for weeks.
Ch 12 Myth #10 Family Values:
Let’s give all of the perks, benefits, gifts, and cash to couples and call it family values.
Ch 13 It is Perfectly Understandable That You Thought Singles Were Miserable and Lonely: Here’s Why
Ch 14 To Be or Not to Be Single: Why Does Anyone Care?
Ch 15 The Way We Could Be