A psychiatrist and nationally syndicated radio host presents a five-point plan for creating healthy and loving relationships, offering advice on how to find an appropriate partner, commit to a relationship, overcome personal barriers to love, and adapt to the outside world. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Why is it that love seems to come easily to some people and not to others? According to acclaimed author and psychologist Linda Austin, M.D., there is nothing fundamentally wrong with those of us who have difficulty finding and keeping love. However, there may be specific behaviors that we engage in, or do not engage in, that limit our capacity to love -- even ourselves. In Heart of the Matter, Dr. Austin identifies the five core behaviors that determine our ability to have successful, loving relationships, as well as the patterns of behavior that can subtly sabotage those efforts. The Core Behaviors 1. Engage with the World Around You 2. Evaluate the Choices You Make for Love 3. Expand Your Safety Zone 4. Establish Emotional Independence 5. Evolve Consciously, Willfully, Healthily Heart of the Matter teaches us how these five essential practices can deepen and transform our ability to experience profound and lasting love. In this fascinating guidebook, Dr. Austin walks us through the process of making small, specific changes that are bound to have huge ripple effects in our interpersonal relationships. Most important, Heart of the Matter demonstrates how to identify and use our strengths to our fullest advantage in seeking the love -- and lives -- of our dreams.