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Emotional Unavailability : Recognizing It, Understanding It, and Avoiding Its Trap Paperback – March 11, 1998
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About the Author
Bryn C. Collins, M.A., L.P., is licensed psychologist specializing in relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, families in crisis, and adult survivors of abuse. She has a Ph.D in philosophy.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found this book at the bookstore while browsing through the self help section. When I read this book, it hit home. It was like reading about my marriage and the person I was involved with. It was right on, it answered ALL my questions. To a certain extent, I now wish I had found this book BEFORE I got married. If so, I would have recognized the woman I married was completely "emotionally unavailable" before hand and would have moved on.
In essense, there was a reason why I ended up being married to this person: I became a better person because of the relationship, I gained personal growth, insight, and I learned about myself and what I expect out of a relationship; I found my personal boundaries. Also, I realized I had been in a cycle of dating emotionally unavailable women for about 10 years! This made me wake up and take notice that I too was partially unavailable. I did some deep dwelling on my past relationships and realized my very first love when I was 17 had hurt me so deeply that I had some residue still residing in me that I did not overcome. Being with emotionally unavailable people when you have not dealt with your own will keep you on this cycle. This is talked about in the book.
Having read the whole book in two days, Collins gives pratical advice on how to deal with the emotionally unavailable person. These ideas in the book actually gave me hope that the marriage could be saved.Read more ›
However, this is my view and thoughts after reading this book. People are not perfect and they never will be. Every one of us carries some sort of a flaw in some sense in handling human relationships. I think sometimes we need to carry appropriate expectations on others. People can be blamers, getting stuck with the victim mentality, the player attitudes. That is just the way people are. Sometimes people exhibit these traits only on certain occasions while others exhibit these behaviors in consistent basis. Some people are worse. They are narcissists and/or sociopaths.Read more ›
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Excellent analysis. Helped me understand others' behavior. Well written.Published 2 months ago by nyitaly
An excellent book that not only describes problem situations in relationships, but also guides you in improving those situations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Betty Moore
Great info, very insightful. Helped me when deciding whether or not to end a long-term relationship and opened my eyes to a lot of things. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neeshy
As a (recovering) co-dependent I have had a lifetime of dealing with emotionally unavailable people -- in my case, women. Dr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by mt
Interesting descriptions of the types of people that display emotional unavailability, helped me to understand my own family of origin / the roles we played, made me realize some... Read morePublished 14 months ago by carolyn m.