No matter how much passion there is at the beginning of a relationship, for love to last it must be actively created. Dr. Bill Cloke, an innovative and successful couples' therapist, has been helping couples create lasting connection, commitment, and intimacy by learning the essential... read more
Is it possible to love and be loved by the same person for a lifetime? Is happily-ever-after actually attainable? In over 25 years as a psychotherapist and couples counselor, I have searched for answers to these questions in the varied experiences of patients who have come to me for help in... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Is it possible to love and be loved by the same person for a lifetime? Is happily-ever-after actually attainable? In over 25 years as a psychotherapist and couples counselor, I have searched for answers to these questions in the varied experiences of patients who have come to me for help in making their relationships work, and in nearly 20 years as a husband, I have observed firsthand what makes love last. Happy Together is the result of those explorations. Seeing the unveiling of the intricate workings of intimacy—of the process by which lasting love is created and sustained—has convinced me that love works on a far grander scale than eyes meeting across a crowded room.
Love is not something that just happens to us or that we fall into, even though it may seem that way when a relationship begins. No matter how much passion there is at the start, for love and happiness to last a lifetime, they must be actively made.
Creating a happy and enduring relationship requires that we understand how our underlying and often baffling personal issues impact our ability to connect with others. It calls on us to make conflict and personal pain into resources for deeper intimacy.
This book shows you the path to take toward an enduring love and lasting happiness. Filled with insight and direction to solve problems with reasoning, listening to different points of view, and the willingness to reach to others.
Chapter 1 The Happiness C.U.R.E.
Chapter 2 How Love Is Made
Chapter 3 Myth, Fantasy, and Reality
Chapter 4 Shame, Rage, and Myths of the Self
Chapter 5 Intimacy and the Art of Love
Chapter 6 How Conflict Can Create Love
Chapter 7 Cultivating Connection
Chapter 8 The Dynamics of Desire
Chapter 9 And They Lived . . .
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