Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-256).
Preparing to love and be loved -- Love-what is it? -- How to choose your Mr. Right -- Women with love cards stacked against them -- Loving life-styles -- Creating a love environment -- Total/loving/sex-the second key is your mind -- His sexual mind and body -- Over the hill sex-menopause to the golden years -- Solving the problems all lovers face -- Special headaches of the married -- How to tell when your lifetime love is in trouble -- What to do if love has ended -- The guys in the white coats -- A portrait of the woman who is a successful lifetime lover -- A blueprint for loving happily ever after -- Love: its future.
Foreword / Susan Muto -- Preface -- Part I: Beginnings -- Getting our bearings: sexuality -- Getting our bearings: celibacy -- How to be celibate -- Nature and grace -- Desire and self-knowledge -- Part II: Measuring the distance -- Loneliness -- Alone, all one -- Authority and power -- After the fall -- Part III: Meeting the obstacles -- Appropriate, responsible, mature -- How I should have loved -- Truth or consquences -- Awareness -- Part IV: Race well run -- Getting it together -- Integration -- Transformation -- Achievement.
Companion to: Melody Beattie's Codependent no more.
Includes bibliographical references (page 165).
In this accessible and engaging workbook, Beattie uses her trademark down-to-earth style to offer readers a Twelve Step, interactive program to stop obsessing about others by developing the insight, strength, and resilience to start taking care of themselves. Through hands-on guided journaling, exercises, and self-tests, readers will learn to integrate the time-tested concepts outlined in Codependent No More into their daily lives by setting and enforcing healthy limits developing a support system through healthy relationships with others and a higher power experiencing genuine love and forgiveness letting go and detaching from others' harmful behaviors.