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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,041 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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90 of 90 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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78 of 82 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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39 of 43 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful interesting read 16 Jan 2009
I found this book insightful as it highlighted how loving too much is loving your partner to the extent you loose yourself focusing on fixing or changing the man rather than loving yourself and focusing on what changes you need to make within yourself. if you can identify with doing this, read this book and skip straight to the recovery chapter because it is very useful and helpful. The only downfall for me regarding this book is that I personally found there to be much focusing on examples/case studies of women who love too much,and the details to individual situations and not enough emphasis on the journey to recovering. As rightly said by another review not everyone will be able to relate to the examples used. However the chapter on dealing with making the valuable changes required to overcome loving too much was very helpful indeed, i just wish the author focused more on this aspect.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 5 Feb 2004
Although I found this an extremely good book - I also found it very hard to read, it almost seemed to describe my past relationships to a tee, at the beginning of the book it says "at this point you may not be able to read the book - you may need to read it later when you're at a stronger point" and that totally described me, when I first picked the book up I found it much too depressing to read as I had just come out of an extremely bad relationship, So I did as the book said, and waited until I felt a bit stonger to read it and I must say it helped me a lot, I would recommend this book to anyone who feels let down with relationships, and need some help understanding why they always seem to pick the same type of people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this book will be ordering robin norwood again.
Published 22 days ago by tracy clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. Wish i had read this a long ...
Amazing book. Wish i had read this a long time ago. It really explains addictive personalities and how to change loving men too much. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ms. C. J. Tinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
Although I'm not a woman ;-) I liked this book very much. It definitely helped me to get more insight about the way I act en why do I feel the need to act in a certain way. Read more
Published 26 days ago by M. Kalcik
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Book- If Short of Time- Buy the 'Meditations'...
Bought this as a gift for a good friend of mine going through a tough time with her partner. (And a bribe to get back my copy of 'Daily Meditations for Women Who Love Too Much'... Read more
Published 27 days ago by R. Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and insightful
Lots of things relevant to me and could recognise lots of traits in others. Have lent it to several people and bought it for someone else.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Women who put relationships before anyone else
The topics in the book are relevant to many women in every generation. It is about women who put a partner's needs above their own and above the best interests of their children... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Benanti
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
I could not put this book down once i had bought it. I highly reccomend this book to others. very insightful
Published 1 month ago by Tarlie Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Norwood, You ROCK!
Wow! Robin Norwood you rock! First & foremost to all of you in the UK who feel there isn't a support network near you, you ain't looked hard enough or want recovery bad enough! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alex
2.0 out of 5 stars Told too much like a fiction
Written by a practicing therapist, there are plenty of true experiences detailing the unhealthy relationships of some of her clients. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Hassett
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 4 months ago by louise
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