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Escape from Intimacy: Untangling the ``Love'' Addictions: Sex, Romance, Relationships Paperback – 31 Aug 1990
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"[Shaef's] levelheaded yet powerful analysis holds up a startling mirror in which many readers will see themselves." -- "Jordan Paul, PH.D., author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by You?""A valuable contribution to our understanding of these complex addictions." -- "Jennifer Schneider, author of Back from Betrayal"
The problem of relationship addiction is examined in this book and the author applies the addiction of sex, love, romance and relationships to her broader addiction theory. She investigates "sexual anorexia", sexual violence, the role of shame and guilt, the role of self-esteem, the myth of the cosmic mate, relationships as a "fix" and how these beliefs translate into an avoidance of intimacy.See all Product description
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The first book of hers that I read is called 'Womens' Reality'. Definitely worth a read as well.
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brutally by her children and had to learn to establish boundaries with them. She learned so much from this relationship and came out the other side able to counsel other senior women in their romantic partnerships. I wanted her to have this
book as a reference for romantic addiction for which there is a fine line. Due to the chemicals involved, it can be a tough addiction to recognize as well as a challenge to shift. Most romantic addicts call their feelings for the other person "love"... and "I am IN LOVE"...that's the first clue. This book is terrific and could be a reference for all relationship counselors or for people who believe that they are "in love".
My addiction is codependence. Ms. Schaef writes again, concisely about this addiction. My need "to fix" or "give solve another's problem" is a daily challenge for me. Thankfully I am more aware and recognize my "need to fix" and then I have learned to mind my own business. The other day, a little squirrel was limping around with a leg injury. Before I knew it, I was planning on going and getting it some food instead of recognizing that it was "God's" business not mine. I like Byron Katie's 3 kinds of business...God's, mine, and yours. I have gained so much freedom staying in my own business. I have an old copy of this book and use it as a reference for my own life. Thank you Anne.