EMPATHY IS THE KEY : NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE IN THE LIFE OF AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP, EMPATHY IS THE QUALITY WE NEED.
“After all is said and done, to thrive in an intimate relationship, the quality most required is that of empathy extended from each partner to the other. We can attain this state after both partners have learned to know and accept themselves, and after they know and fully accept the other. In addition to empathy, we need to become curious and diligent students of our relationship, the We that we create, which is an entity unto itself and is as real as each of us as individuals.”
In If I Love You, Why Is It So Hard to Live With You?, Dr. Gleeson discusses how we can tackle the process of learning how to know and accept ourselves, how we can make a healthy choice of intimate partner, and how we can come to understand our relationship.
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By Dr Bruce Evans
Nov 27, 2013
Susan, You have given with clarity to us a condensed book exploring this profoundly important challenge of our life as we live it. As a close friend I hear your soul's evolving journey, experiences and embodiment on every page! As colleague and psychotherapist I wholeheartedly embrace the soul-based map you have presented with well-founded psychologic principles and practical guidance. This work enriches my life and is a pure gift to us all. Bravo!!
I thought I was a good partner and had a reasonable understanding of Myers Briggs personality typing... in relationships. I sort of got the personality / marriage linkage ... what made me read Dr Gleesons book 3 times and purchase a copy for my former wife was how the dynamics of an intimate relationships were presented with spectacular clarity. Now I really get it. Dr Gleesons work will not change my past relationships but it surely has impacted my future. I am now much more comfortable and confident that I will be able to sustain an intimate relationship. This body of work is important and having stumbled my way through a failed marriage I can assure you answers are out there, have a read.
In her book, “If I Love You, Why Is It So Hard to Live With You?,” Sue Gleeson combines practical advice with the latest research to help people who ask themselves this question. Her book masterfully describes experiences in marriages of opposites and her empowering tools apply to all relationships. Sue has a knack for explaining root causes of complicated marriage issues and provides simple and clear solutions. This book helped me feel empathy toward what went wrong in past relationships and gives me confidence and deeper understanding of my new husband. After reading this book, I feel more confident that we have everything it takes to create a successful marriage. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants clarity and action!
Another highly readable and insightful book from Dr Gleeson. Written clearly and logically, anyone aiming for successful relationships should read this. The toolkit framework whets appetite for further personal research to help answer this universal question. Beautifully presented by someone with vast experience and tremendous empathy, who loves what she does and lives to share the benefits of her learning.
This book masterfully blends common sense and clinical research. " IF I LOVE YOU WHY IS IT SO HARD TO LIVE WITH YOU " is a valuable tool kit for both the Practitioner and the individual seeking support. Becoming a whole person, choosing a compatible partner, mid-life relationships, and separation issues are presented in a no-fault, empathetic counselling style. Dr. Gleeson leaves the reader with the gut feeling that she really "gets you" and the dilemmas involved in human relationships of any sort. I highly recommend this book.
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