Addiction to Love: Overcoming Obsession and Dependency

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Love addiction manifests in many forms, from Fatal Attraction-type obsessive lust to less extreme but nonetheless psychologically and emotionally harmful forms. The most common of these is staying in a bad relationship because of a fear of being alone-the "I hate you but dont leave me" relationship. In ADDICTION TO LOVE, recovering love addict Susan Peabody explains the variety of ways this disorder plays out, from the obsessively doting love addict to the addict who cant disentangle from an unfulfilling, ...

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Overview

Love addiction manifests in many forms, from Fatal Attraction-type obsessive lust to less extreme but nonetheless psychologically and emotionally harmful forms. The most common of these is staying in a bad relationship because of a fear of being alone-the "I hate you but dont leave me" relationship. In ADDICTION TO LOVE, recovering love addict Susan Peabody explains the variety of ways this disorder plays out, from the obsessively doting love addict to the addict who cant disentangle from an unfulfilling, dead-end relationship. Peabody provides an in-depth and easy-to-follow recovery program for those suffering from this unhealthy and often dangerous addiction and explains how to create a loving, safe, and fulfilling relationship.

  • A seminal work on unhealthy and obsessive behaviors in love, and how to change behavior to have a positive relationship. This third edition includes a new introduction and revisions to the text throughout.
  • Some symptoms of love addiction include love at first sight, excessive fantasizing, abnormal jealousy, nagging, and accepting dishonesty.
  • Even relationships with parents, children, siblings, or friends may be addictive-dependency is not always related to romantic love.
  • Previous editions have sold more than 40,000 copies."Love addiction is a three-headed serpent that Susan Peabody adeptly slays. This is the quintessential book for any love addict or counselor needing to fully understand this highly prevalent and complex disorder. Susan detects and dissects aspects of this condition not comprehended in other books of its kind. Recovery is possible. This book makes it possible to take the succinct steps necessary toward a loving and reciprocal long-term intimate relationship."-Sudi Scull, M.F.T., C.N., psychotherapist and nutritionist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587612398
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 343,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN PEABODY is an experienced speaker, workshop leader, and author. She has helped thousands of people overcome love addiction. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    If you find this book helpful, Susan finally has a companion wor

    If you find this book helpful, Susan finally has a companion workbook: Recovery Workbook for Love Addicts and Love Avoidants: Introducing the Ambivalent Love Addict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Amazing

    Really great book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Addiction to love was realized after the 4 years of Codependency I went through. This was very helpful for me in my journey to have better relationships with my children. There are areas I recognized which I can now have the tools to work on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Eye Opening

    Just thumbing through some of the chapters was an awakening to so many of the repeatitive issues I experienced in my relationships.

    Its certainly worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    So helpful

    Great for those who always need the "romantic high".....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must Read for Anyone who has Relationship Issues!

    Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Addicted to love? Who is addicted to love? Aren't we all, if we love anyone in our lives? But, this book addresses what is healthy and what is unhealthy in relationships, particularly those relationships that are so hard to kick!

    This book makes the argument that the kind of 'love' that has us stuck with someone who is hurting us is considered addictive BECAUSE it is actually life-threatening! How many people have died in old age, right after their mate has died? They just didn't have the will to live? Or how many people have committed suicide upon learning that their mate was divorcing them? This kind of 'love' is not really love, but addiction, and it IS life-threatening.

    It happens fast, is all about boundary issues and is a very tough cycle to break. This book helps those with these addictions learn how to recognize the beginning of a relationship and how to begin to really love a healthy love! WELL worth reading for MOST American women who have been programmed by the many 'man-rescues-women' movies and societal norms!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    If you are a love addict this book can change your life!

    Book Review by Reba Be, published in the Townsend Letter for Doctors: 'This is a lovely little book with pleasing chapter title pages, lively doses of healing, and lots of epiphanic information. Chapters are: Looking For Love; Contributing Factors That Influence Potential Love Addicts; Symptoms of Addiction to Love and Suggestions for Change; How Addiction to Love Progresses; Recovery; and Starting Over Again. This is also a book with suggested further reading at the end of each lesson and a bibliography that is impressive.... Peabody's experience and research adds a vital clue to who is likely to become a love addict. After the long-standing examples of youngsters whose bonding with their primary caretaker (usually mothers) is either damaged or unhealthily severed, Peabody adds the peer-rejected youngsters.... What are the symptoms of Addiction to Love? Many and various and clearly set out in Chapter 3. Read them and weep. I recommend this little tome for every throne room where young adults and the young-at-heart hang out; certainly for waiting rooms and clinics. Give a copy to someone as they head into puberty or to that good friend who's on her 7th relationship or that buddy you just know is going to blow it with his newest. And if you think you're free and clear, read the book yourself, just to make sure, naturally!'

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