Mothers, Sons, and Lovers

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Through exercises and guided meditations, the author provides the means to uncover the influence of the primal bond between a man and his mother and to facilitate healing there—as well as in marriage, parenthood, friendship, and all other relationships of love.

Gurian shows how the challenges a man typically encounters in relationships--such as codependency, insecurity, and the need for control--most often have their origin in the way he learned to relate to his ...

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Overview

Through exercises and guided meditations, the author provides the means to uncover the influence of the primal bond between a man and his mother and to facilitate healing there—as well as in marriage, parenthood, friendship, and all other relationships of love.

Gurian shows how the challenges a man typically encounters in relationships--such as codependency, insecurity, and the need for control--most often have their origin in the way he learned to relate to his mother. This guided journey helps facilitate healing in the primal bond and other love relationships.

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Modern society lacks the rituals available in primitive cultures, claims Gurian, whereby a boy separates from his mother as he moves into manhood. As a result, many modern men do not adequately separate from their mothers. Gurian discusses the troubled relationships that result. He points out that the father's role in this separation is crucial; from him the boy learns what it is to be a man. If the father is absent or disengaged, the boy may be hurt. In unhappy families, mothers may give the wrong messages to their sons. In the second half of the book, Gurian offers a workbook-like exercise designed to take the reader on a journey to heal his relationship with his mother. Enlivened by examples and easy to read, this book makes a contribution to the literature on male personal development. For large popular psychology collections.-- John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877739456
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 380,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Gurian is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Wonder of Boys (Tarcher, 1996). He is a family therapist, corporate consultant, lecturer, and founder of the Gurian Institute. Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately thirty cities per year to keynote at conferences. He is the author of twenty-five books.
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