Living A Connected Life: Creating and Maintaining Relationships that Last a Lifetime

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2003 - Psychology - 288 pages
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A psychotherapist provides a prescription for creating and strengthening the essential
relationships that give our lives meaning

It is often difficult, in our hurried world, to create and maintain the kinds of connections necessary for a healthy life. We communicate with co-workers down the hall via e-mail, make friends on the Internet, live thousands of miles away from our families, and spend less and less time with our overscheduled spouses and children. These and other modern difficulties contribute to increased isolation and alienation. In Living a Connected Life , Dr. Kathleen A. Brehony poses and answers an essential question: "What does it mean to belong?" She presents research that underlines both the importance of social connections and the difficulties caused by their absence, and helps us recognize and understand these effects not only intellectually but with our hearts.

But this timely and important book is much more than a description of the problem-Living a Connected Life is a practical guide as well. Brehony includes inventories for self-evaluation; outlines her Steps to Enduring Relationships, meaningful measures to improve our webs of support and social connection; and shows how we can become more confident of our intrinsic worth and happier in our day-to-day existence.

Filled with personal stories and anecdotes and drawing upon spiritual teachings, poetry, and myth for illustration, Living a Connected Life is a timely guide to creating lasting relationships.
 

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Unexamined and taken as quality when frequently superficial, personal relationships and community ties in the United States are a sad commentary on modern life. Nonverbal social skills impart most of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Landscape of Connection
9
The Psychology and Biology of Belonging
11
Are We Bowling Alone?
55
A Changed and Changing World?
90
A Thousand Words for Snow A Model for Understanding Our Relationships
111
A Map to Connection
155
Introduction
157
Acceptance Are You a Friend?
197
Boundaries Armor Gelatin and Semipermeable Membranes
203
Communication Revolution
210
Good TimesBad Times
221
That Time Thing
226
Finding Your Pack
237
AskTell
241
Notes
249

Your Friendship Values
161
Know Thyself
166
Social Skills
179
Acknowledgments
257
Index
259
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Kathleen A. Brehony, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and personal coach, has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and presided over numerous workshops. She is the author of Awakening at Midlife , Ordinary Grace , and After the Darkest Hour. She lives in Manteo, North Carolina.

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