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Women Who Love Too Much [Paperback]

Robin Norwood
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2 Sep 2004

Is having 'somebody to love' the most important thing in your life? Do you constantly believe in Mr Right, and that being with him would guarantee you would no longer feel depressed or lonely? Are you bored with 'nice guys' who are open, honest and dependable?

If being in love means being in pain, this book was written for you. Leading relationship and marriage therapist Robin Norwood describes loving too much as a pattern of thoughts and behaviour, which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood.

Many women find themselves repeatedly drawn into unhappy and destructive relationships with men. They then struggle to make these doomed relationships work. This bestselling relationship self-help book investigates and reveals how powerfully addictive these unhealthy relationships are - but also gives a very specific programme for recovery from the disease of loving too much, a problem that plagues women everywhere.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474128
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Really brilliant. It explained why women seek completion by obsessing over men. I absolutely related to it." (Marian Keyes Mail on Sunday)

"A life-changing book for women" (Erica Jong)

"highly recommended" (Daily Record)

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The phenomenally popular self-help book from bestselling author and leader in the field of relationship counselling, Robin Norwood. A must-buy for women who consistently find themselves trapped in self-destructive or unhappy relationships, without knowing why. This bestselling self-help book could revolutionise your love life - for good. Also contains Why Me, Why This, Why Now? - a self-help book for men and women, designed to help readers answer some tough questions about themselves.

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Too Old To Learn! 18 Jun 2008
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At 61yrs old, with two failed marriages and umpteen other "relationships" with men who were unavailable for many different reasons, I have finally realised what has been going on - I have just been recreating the non relationship with my father who abandoned us when I was 2yrs old, leaving me with a mother who suffered severe depression throughout my childhood, before killing herself when I was nineteen. This book just helped me so much, not just with my "relationship addiction" but with many other aspects of my "addictive personality".

It was a book that you read once and then want to go back and start from the beginning again! Downsides are the title (how "American" and corny - I'm embarrassed for anyone to see me reading it), and the fact that, in common with all US self-help books, the author assumes that the reader has ready access to a personal therapist and/or an appropriate 12 steps programme, which many of us in the UK just don't have and can't afford. Finally (though I can hardly blame her for this!), she does warn that this is no easy fix, and could take years, so I think my chances of being in a healthy and fulfilling relationship this side of the grave are small - having said that, maybe that's better than going through all that pain yet again? At least this time I'll be putting my effort, energy and love into healing myself.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first step in your recovery! 14 Jun 2002
So, you've been through a bad time, you can't seem to come out the other side smiling , or maybe you can't even find the way out. So you are recommended to buy 'women who love too much'. You sit, you read, you cry, you read and somewhere, fairly near the start of the book, you realise that you are reading about yourself.
So cleverly worded it is too that you realise that once you posess this book, you have in fact taken the first step in your addiction recovery,
You need to keep it as a reference point because the journey that you're on now will be the hardest one you have ever embarked upon, believe me, I'm doing it while you read.
But it will work and now you are on the right road....
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The key that opened the door to understanding... 25 Feb 2009
A friend of mine recommended this book to me after a recent breakup as she said she thought of me the entire time she was reading. Once I began reading it I could see why!! This book completely opened my eyes as to why I was experiencing all of the terrible treatment and abuse in relationships I had, and the reasons I felt so lonely and 'on hold' when I wasn't in a relationship, and felt if only I could meet the right guy all my problems would be solved. All of my life, I believed the problem was me and I was just an overly sensitive person who did all of the 'right' things and was just unlucky in love, however, after reading this book I realised I was only a product of situations out of my control and there was an alternate, happier way to live. I feel fortunate to have discovered this book at 35 years of age, as although it has taken a failed marriage and numerous abusive relationships to get to this stage, I'm glad I have discovered this while still young and not in the later stages of life like many other women. This book has given me the freedom to know my life and relationships don't have to be this way! Although I have not had a good relationship with a man as yet (but am proud to say I have made 'me' my top priority, and have turned away many unsuitable relationships quickly!) the quality of my life has improved dramatically and I no longer have the lonely, needy feeling that was constantly a part of me. I am so much happier and fulfilled in myself, and will be forever grateful.

In addition to this book, I have also been in therapy and sought the help recommended and have read further to develop my understanding and recovery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 10 Mar 2010
I bought this book after reading the reviews here on Amazon, and I am very glad I did. If you are in a relationship that does not fulfil you, and you actually accept abuse, or allow others to treat you in a way you do not deserve then i would strongly encourage you to read this book. Sometimes we take more than our fair share thinking it is 'tolerance' rather than oppression. There is a thin line between the two and this book helps give clarity.
It helped me understand a lot about my own life. Changing ones self takes a lot of time and strength but being aware is very important. This book really helped me become aware of some much and I think all women and men should read this book. Thank you Robin Norwood!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a window into your head 27 April 2009
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having sat and pondered and wondered and wrangled and screamed and cried and sighed 'why?' over the men i've been attracted to, this book has given me a spy hole into what the heck i'm doing to myself and why and how to rethink.

women who debase themselves for a man (THE man)time and again will benefit from this insightful book.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big help 29 Jan 2003
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You think that the elusive "perfect" relationship is your every fix? You find yourself in relationships where you think, "if only him and I work on this, we'd be so happy"? Or you'd always get dumped, but the chap can't give a reason that makes sense to you, or he tells you that you're ever so nice and lovely but just not for him? Does that ring a bell? Perhaps your friends are of the opinion that you're giving too much, they might even tell you to simply stop obsessing over him! Outsh, harsh! Maybe you feel exhausted, hopeless, helpless inadequate and/or incapable of having a relationship, perhaps you even cynically make jokes about joining a convent. Or you think that you're scaring "them" off, driving them away. That's probably why you're still reading.... at least I felt like that when I went out looking for this book! To describe: It's not about how many buckets of tears you cry whilst reading. It's not about how uncanny the examples might match your own life. It's about the message behind it: I payed attention to my fresh and bleeding emotional wounds and old and ugly mental scars. In order to heal them, I apply the suitable remedy in my own time, with my own hands. I continue reading related literature, take the suggested steps fitting my circumstances and sit back, relax and see how my life takes a turn for the better, and how people who love me and care for me are literally touched, too. I have realised that there is no gap in my life, no void, no emptiness but instead I'm working on getting full of myself in the nicest possible way! That's all. A book simple to understand, easy to relate to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concepts
Bought this for someone else and am told it has some very good and thought provoking concepts about relationships and why we are attracted to certain types of people. Read more
Published 24 days ago by louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I needed this book years ago! Wish I would have found it before it's changed my life for the better :)
Published 1 month ago by dionne mullarkey
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent- not typical self help, but really good
Very good- author explains things well without patronising. Some of the self help ideas may be hard to find ie groups?
Published 1 month ago by smlmah
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot fail to challenge you.
I purchased this copy of 'Women of Love too Much' as a gift for a friend. I've had my own two copies for several years (one to lend). Read more
Published 1 month ago by PoppyAnnify
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very balanced book.....
I bought this book because all my life I tried my best in relationships and they never quite seem to work. Was I obsessed with the wrong men? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Francisca
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read it
I would highly recommend this book. I was told to read this book a couple of years ago and finally got round to it. Wished i had read it earlier. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann Goodsell
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifechanging
At first glance, I vehemently denied that this book would be applicable to me as I am the last person you would call clingy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MB1991
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
The book was in a shocking state; torn pages and many pages written on in red biro. Book appeared old and worn to the point of being unpleasant to handle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by erin martin
5.0 out of 5 stars life changer
I am 43 years old, and have never married. I have had a series of rubbish relationships and lacked self love. Read more
Published 2 months ago by miss h e thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Women Who Love Too Much
Very interesting read and could relate to it. It wasn't until I opened the book that I realised I had to put myself first without feeling guilty. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. M. McCarron
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