Learning to Love: From Conflict to Lasting Harmony

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What holds a couple together? Why are we afraid of intimacy? How can we keep our hearts open to one another in the midst of hurt and resentment? Based on nearly two decades of highly successful couples workshops, as well as the Rosenthals’ own 35 years as committed partners, this provocative book is a rare combination of timeless wisdom and practical guidance. Written in clear, accessible language, it offers workable strategies for listening to your partner with an open heart; asking for change; giving and ...
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Overview

What holds a couple together? Why are we afraid of intimacy? How can we keep our hearts open to one another in the midst of hurt and resentment? Based on nearly two decades of highly successful couples workshops, as well as the Rosenthals’ own 35 years as committed partners, this provocative book is a rare combination of timeless wisdom and practical guidance. Written in clear, accessible language, it offers workable strategies for listening to your partner with an open heart; asking for change; giving and receiving; dealing with anger; and releasing one’s own guilt, fear, and defensiveness. Yet it does all this with a spiritual depth that is both rare and compelling: Learning to Love is a spiritual guide to relationships that truly works. Its unique strength lies in showing partners how to use their inevitable conflicts as the means to a deeper intimacy. By directly addressing our human imperfections and messy, complex feelings, it shows how we can create an atmosphere of emotional safety and learn from one another. The fruits of this process, to those willing to cultivate them, are the tools and resources that make the sharing of unconditional love a daily reality.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402745270
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,486,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Richard Borofsky, Ed.D.     13
Introduction     17
Working Together
What Goes Wrong     23
Openhearted Listening     43
Asking Your Partner for Change     70
Giving and Receiving     95
Avoiding Intimacy     110
Anger     123
The Role of Pain     143
Working on Yourself
Mindfulness     173
Energy Leaks and Discipline     185
Fear     204
Defenses and Guilt     219
Opening the Heart: The Greatest Challenge     237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

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    Many self-help books concentrate on how to handle conflict and eliminate pain from your relationships. Authors Don and Martha Rosenthal take a different approach. They don¿t deny that darker emotions, such as anger, pain and fear, create conflict in a relationship, but they encourage you to use these feelings as gateways to learning about yourself while creating deeper intimacy with your partner. They teach you how to view a problem as an opportunity to change the dynamics of your relationship. For those whose mental alarms start ringing at phrases like ¿spiritual path¿ and ¿connecting with your deepest truth,¿ don¿t worry. The Rosenthals¿ guidance is both practical and workable. We warmly recommend this inspirational book to those who want to build greater intimacy with their partners by opening up their hearts and minds.

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