How to Break Your Addiction to a Person Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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Are you in love--or addicted? How to know when to call it quits...and how to find the courage to call it quits.
Are you unable to leave a love relationship even though it gives you more pain than joy? Your judgment and self-respect tell you to end it, but still, to your dismay, you hang on. You are addicted--to a person. Now there is an insightful, step-by-step guide to breaking that addiction--and surviving the split. Drawing on dozens of provocative case histories, psychotherapist Howard Helpern explains to you:
Why you can get addicted to a person.
Why and how you may try to deceive yourself. ("He really loves me, he just doesn't know how to show it.")
How you can recognize the symptoms of a bad relationship.
How to deal with the power moves and guilt trips your partner uses to hold you.
Why strong feelings of jealousy do not mean you are "in love."
How to get through the agonizing breakup period--without going back.
How not to get caught in such a painful relationship again.
"From the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Howard M. Halpern received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University in 1954. He taught at Columbia and other colleges and has been a consultant, clinical psychologist, and psychotherapist at several New York colleges and clinics. He was the codirector of the New York Student Consultation Center and is a past president of the American Academy of Psychotherapists.
Dr. Halpern has practiced psychotherapy in New York City for forty-eight years. His previous books include Cutting Loose: An Adult Guide to Coming to Terms with Your Parents and Finally Getting It Right. He also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column called "On Your Own". His appearances on national media include Donahue, The Today Show, 20/20, and CNN.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is very clear and simple to understand and gives examples of different types of attachments which sometimes lead to addiction. It also gives examples of different people and the way they feel about their partners. I think i was deffinately addicted to my ex. I have read this book once and it did make a lot of sense. I will read it again and do the practices in there. No book is a cure, but this is the only book i have read that made sense to me and actually showed what my attachment to my ex actually was. I recommend this book to anyone who is stuck in a relationship that is causing them too much pain yet they cannot leave and also to those people whose relationships have ended but they are still thinking about the past and not being able to move forward. It will help but the rest is upto us. We must be strong !
This book helped me bury my old relationship and move on. I have been recommending this book to all my friends who find it difficult to cope with a relationship break up.
Clearly and well written. Full of optimism, positive vibes and understanding. I would recommend this book to friends trapped in bad relationships. This book can make a real difference to your life.
However, I found when he was talking about the route of the problem stems from childhood useful. He mentioned then they had `feelings of being too small, helpless, and inadequate to deal with the world's demands and dangers'. But unfortunately, their needs were not met as their `parents were not good at helping [them] to develop confidence in [their] own abilities'.
If you have an addiction to someone you are in a relationship with, this book you will likely find helpful, if you are obsessed with a person you're not going out with then I recommend reading `Obsessive Love' by DR. Susan Forward.
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didn't spark my interest so haven't read it. bit to complicated reading for me.Published 10 months ago by Sam