Marnia Robinson

Author of 'Cupid's Poisoned Arrow: From Habit to Harmony in Sexual Relationships'

Marnia Robinson is the author of Cupid's Poisoned Arrow: From Habit to Harmony in Sexual Relationships. As a former corporate lawyer (with degrees from Brown and Yale), she never expected to find herself writing books about sex. She delved into the subject in part because she was a bride or bridesmaid in four weddings and just about everyone who reached the altar (including Marnia) has since divorced and remarried. What was going on?

The more she learned about both ancient sacred sex traditions and the science of mating and bonding, the more she recognized the need for a cross-disciplinary perspective that also incorporates the experiences of actual lovers struggling with the tension between fiery biological urges and the desire for long-term harmonious relationships. Psychologists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and ancient sages all have essential clues for coping with this challenge—and yet each profession alone is somewhat hampered by its official constraints. Marnia’s goal is to highlight key insights (both recent and long-forgotten) and then weave them together with practical suggestions, in hopes of encouraging a wider dialogue.

Her husband Gary Wilson, a neuroscience enthusiast, generously takes time from his teaching career to help her collect and analyze the material in her posts and books. Together they have given presentations and made radio appearances worldwide on the unwelcome effects of evolutionary biology on romantic relationships.. Their work was featured in the award-winning anthology, Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age. Marnia hosts the web site Reuniting: Healing with Sexual Relationships, and reside in Ashland, Oregon.

Marnia’s book Cupid's Poisoned Arrow is now available in German ( Watch Marnia on San Francisco's "The View from the Bay" show. (6 mins.)

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