Forbidden Relationships

This is a topic I’ve researched over the years while writing The Phoebe Braddock Books; a series devoted to such relationships. There are several theories on the appeal of the forbidden such as:

  • Psychological Reactance: the way people rebel to being told what to do, think, or feel.
  • Cognitive Dissonance: placing more value on something that takes more effort to achieve
  • The ‘Forbidden Fruit Effect’: the way our brain fixates on something when we know we can’t have it.

Here are some fascinating articles on the psychology of forbidden love:

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