The 5 Secrets of Growing a Vital, Conscious Relationship
Publication Date: January 2004
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In this long-awaited follow-up to their seminal Conscious Loving, Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks take on two of the most pressing problems that sap vitality and energy from our committed relationships: how to forge a closer relationship that still allows each partner full creative autonomy, and how to generate the passion and preserve the harmony essential to keeping long-term partnerships alive and blooming.
Lasting Love grew out of the Hendricks' laboratory of their 23-year marriage as well as their 10-year study of more than 2,000 long-term, committed couples. They discovered that the most common couples conflicts could be traced to at least one of five root causes:
* An imbalance between the creative energy each partner contributes to the relationship
* A lack of emotional honesty
* An unwillingness to accept responsibility for everyday issues
* Deep-seated commitment problems
* A deficiency of daily appreciations
Using these insights as a starting point, the Hendricks devised a program based on five vital actions that simultaneously lead to a deeper flow of intimacy between partners and greater creative freedom for each individual:
* Spend time expressing your own creativity rather than focusing on "fixing" your partner
* Eliminate the barrier to speaking and hearing the truth about everything
* Break the cycle of blame and criticism
* Make commitments you can really stand by
* Become a master of verbal and nonverbal appreciation
Filled with helpful real-life scenarios and straightforward advice, Lasting Love is an essential guide for anyone involved in a long-term relationship who wants it not only to last but to flourish.
Relationship experts and best-selling authors Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks are a happily married couple of more than 20 years, from whom other relationship experts seek advice. Pioneers in the field of body-centered psychotherapy, together, Gay and Kathlyn have written four books, which have sold nearly half a million copies. They are the founders of the Hendricks Institute, a learning center that teaches core skills for conscious living by assisting people in opening up to more creativity, love, and vitality through the power of conscious relationship and whole-person learning. The Hendricks have two children and two granddaughters and live in Ojai, California.
"I think of Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks as America's model couple. In Lasting Love, they model courage as they demonstrate how to remove the barriers that keep us from lasting love. More than any other self-help book I've seen, this one clearly points the way to satisfying relationships."--Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D., ABPP, Distinguished Professor, Governors State University, Editor of The Intimate Couple
I think of Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks as America's model couple. In Lasting Love, they model courage as they demonstrate how to remove the barriers that keep us from lasting love. More than any other self-help book I've seen, this one clearly points the way to satisfying relationships.
-Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D., ABPP, Distinguished Professor, Governors State Unive