Is It Love or Is It Addiction? The Book That Changed the Way We Think about Romance and Intimacy

ISBN-10: 1592857337

ISBN-13: 9781592857333

Edition: 3rd 2009

Authors: Brenda Schaeffer

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Real love is not addiction, nor is addiction love. But for many, these two experiences come together, resulting in tremendous pain and suffering. Through two previous editions, Is It Love or Is It Addiction? has helped countless people find their way from the trials and confusion of addictive love to the fulfillment of whole and healthy relationships. As psychotherapist Brenda Schaeffer reveals, we can begin to work through relationship difficulties with compassion and lasting effect by increasing our awareness of the ways that we express love. In this expanded third edition, Schaeffer draws on years of feedback and new developments to foster an understanding of love addiction: what it is and what it is not, how to identify it, and, even more important, how to get out of it. Stories of real individuals struggling to develop sound relationships illustrate the characteristics of healthy love and help readers to free themselves to live life more abundantly. Included is the most up-to-date information about the biological basis of addictive behaviors and the impact of technology on intimate relationships. The author also explores the influence of past abuse and trauma on the predisposition to love addiction.
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List price: $18.50
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Hazelden
Publication date: 3/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

With over 500,000 of her publications in print and in five languages--English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Chinese--Brenda Schaeffer, D.Min., M.A.L.P., C.A.S., has already helped thousands of people understand the difference between love and love addiction and to create and foster healthy relationships. Drawing from years of personal, professional, and spiritual questioning, she offers expert advice, and fresh new perspectives as she compassionately addresses age-old questions about love and sex. Speaking nationally and internationally on the subject, Schaeffer has found that people everywhere are fervent in their search to learn more about how to make love relationships work. She offers a diverse range of topics in her speaking repertoire and unites Western psychology and various world philosophies into her work. Schaeffer is a licensed psychologist, a certified addiction specialist, and holds a doctorate in Spiritual Psychology. She has extensive training and experience in a number of psychologies, including (but not limited to) child development, sexual addiction, and trauma. She has had further training in hypnosis, trauma, developmental psychology, transactional analysis, gestalt, sexual addiction, soul-centered, existential and transpersonal psychology. Schaeffer has appeared on a variety of national television and radio shows in the U.S. and Canada. She has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Fitness, and Lotus. She is author of Love's Way: The Union of Body, Ego, Soul and Spirit; the bestseller, Is It Love or Is It Addiction?; Loving Me Loving You; Signs of Healthy Love, Signs of Addictive Love; Power Plays, and Helping Yourself Out of Love Addiction. She is also the former host of the talk radio show "It's All About Love." She is the founder of Healthy Relationships, her private practice in the Minneapolis area where she conducts therapy, training and workshops.

The Reality of Addictive Love
The Power of Love
Healthy Love
Addictive Love
Three Types of Addictive Love
Love and the Unconscious Mind
The Roots of Addictive Love
The Role of Biology
The Role of Culture
The Role of Technology
The Role of Spiritual Quests
The Role of Psychology
The Psychology of Addictive Love
A Psychological Understanding of Dependencies
The Child Within: Addictive Dependency
The Myths behind Addictive Love
Addictive Love as a Response to Trauma
How Do I Love Thee?
Love Addiction
Identifying Love Addiction
Love Addiction and Health
Twenty Signs of Love Addiction
Power Plays
The Beginnings of Power Plays
Twenty-Three Power Plays
The Goal: Mutual Respect
Romance Addiction
Romantic Love
Romance Is Addicting
Emotional Affairs
Twenty Signs of Romance Addiction
Sex Addiction
Dark Eros
Sex as an Addiction
What Is Sexual Addiction?
Twenty Signs of Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity
Moving On
Hope for Tomorrow
Healthy Belonging
Our Need for Others
Twenty Signs of Healthy Belonging
Power Sharing
From Addiction to Love
The Way Out
Out of Addiction and into Healthy Love: The Process
From Addiction to Healthy Love: A Story
Sometimes, We Need to Let Go
Helping Yourself Out of Addictive Love
The Self-Help Method
Awareness Exercise: Admitting That Addictive Love Plays a Role in Your Life
Assessment Exercises: Discovering the Extent of Your Addiction
Decision Exercises: Using Your Personal Power to Move Out of Addiction
Exploration Exercises: Examining Your Personal Fears, Myths, and Trauma History
Reprogramming Exercises: Letting Go of the Old, Embracing the New
Renewal Exercises: Moving toward Mature Love
Expansion Exercises: Developing Personal Uniqueness
Resources for Further Information
Resources for Support
About the Author
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