Lisa A. Phillips knows first-hand how love can make us do some crazy things. The summer she turned 30, she found herself in the throes of romantic obsession with a man who didn’t love her back.
From there, Lisa’s personality took a dark turn into becoming someone she didn’t recognize. She would talk about him frequently, call him compulsively, and one day snuck into his apartment building to be met with a moment and a confrontation that changed her life forever.
Lisa talks about her book Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession. Through conversations and interviews with dozens of women who had been through similar experiences before, she pulled on her skills and years of experience as a journalist to dig deep into an investigation of the nature of unrequited love, romantic obsession, and stalking.
Lisa (lisaaphillips.com) is a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz and a former radio reporter. Her own story of unrequited love and romantic obsession was featured in the New York Times Modern Love column, and she has contributed stories to NPR, The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, and Psychology Today. She’s the recipient of several regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault Media Excellence Award. We’re extremely proud to have her as the very first guest on the School of Psych podcast.
Listen to today’s episode to find out more about:
-What Lisa learns from her own close encounter with romantic obsession.
-How do I know if someone’s crossed the line between courtship and stalking?
-How can we get over unrequited love or move forward when someone doesn’t love us back?
-What is the transformational power of unrequited love, and can we use it for positive growth?
Find out on today’s episode of the School of Psych! And don’t leave us hanging out all alone, subscribe to the podcast and leave us a rating and review on iTunes…we’ve only got eyes for you!