Finding Love that Lasts: Breaking the Pattern of Dead End Relationships

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Mar 8, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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Why do people find themselves repeatedly single when they are desperately searching for the perfect soul-mate with whom to share their future lives? In their determination to find the perfect partner, individuals’ perception is less than accurate when blinded by emotions, expectations, or wishful thinking. Consequently, having made decisions based on incomplete information, all too often, people find themselves once again at the breakup of what had seemed to be a promising relationship. The time has come for dispelling the notion that ‘love is blind’ and for exploring paths that have a more promising outlook for happy endings, paths that include the wisdom of knowing oneself and the willingness to face prospective partners with open eyes and an inquiring mind before considering any commitment. Finding Love that Lasts is not a book about saving or improving relationships; rather it is a book about the often unfortunate combinations of partners deciding to commit to each other for significant parts of their lives and the ways in which people can break the patterns that cause them to seek out similar partners and relationships that are often doomed to fail.

Here, Maass explains why people repeat the patterns that cause them to end up in failed relationships. Case histories from patients, volunteers from the general community, and participants in personal growth groups, help offer insight into the negative patterns people commonly repeat in their search for lasting love and companionship. Readers will come away from this book with a better understanding of those patterns, how to recognize and break them, and how to move forward to healthier and more rewarding relationships.

 

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Contents

1 The Path of the Repeatedly Single
1
2 Journeys Following Old Road Maps
27
3 If Honesty Is an Issue
53
4 In the Name of Love
75
5 Know Thyself
99
6 Know the Other
125
7 New HorizonsNew Commitments
151
Notes
175
Bibliography
185
Index
191
About the Author
195
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Vera Sonja Maass, PhD., is a licensed clinical psychologist, counselor and marriage and family therapist in private practice. Dr. Maass has enjoyed adjunct faculty status at local colleges and universities and has conducted several personal growth groups addressing popular psychological topics of interest to the community. She is the author of several books, including The Cinderella Test: Would You Really Want the Shoe to Fit? Subtle Ways Women Are Seduced and Socialized into Servitude and Stereotypes and Lifestyle Changes: A Clinician's Guide to Common Events, Challenges, and Options.

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