Necessary Losses: The Loves Illusions Dependencies and Impossible Ex (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Self-Help - 448 pages
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From grief and mourning to aging and relationships, poet and Redbook contributor Judith Viorst presents a thoughtful and researched study in this examination of love, loss, and letting go.

Drawing on psychoanalysis, literature, and personal experience, Necessary Losses is a philosophy for understanding and accepting life’s inevitabilities.

In Necessary Losses, Judith Viorst turns her considerable talents to a serious and far-reaching subject: how we grow and change through the losses that are a certain and necessary part of life. She argues persuasively that through the loss of our mothers’ protection, the loss of the impossible expectations we bring to relationships, the loss of our younger selves, and the loss of our loved ones through separation and death, we gain deeper perspective, true maturity, and fuller wisdom about life. She has written a book that is both life affirming and life changing.
  

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Review: Necessary Losses: The Loves Illusions Dependencies and Impossible Expectations That All of us Have

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I got 200 pages in to this book, and I couldn't stand it any further. I wanted to like it ... The intro seemed exciting, and I eagerly dove in full of high hopes. But dear god.... Every issue in life ... Read full review

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An excellent take on development and how one must endure loss in order to develop. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
The Ultimate Connection
34
The Private 1
51
Lessons in Love
66
THE FORBIDDEN AND THE IMPOSSIBLE
81
Passionate Triangles
100
Anatomy and Destiny
115
Good as Guilt
130
Saving the Children
205
Family Feelings
223
Love and Mourning
237
Shifting Images
265
I Grow Old I Grow Old
284
The ABC of Dying
305
Reconnections
325
BIBLIOGRAPHY
413

IMPERFECT CONNECTIONS
159
Love and Hate in the Married State
185

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Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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