From Publishers Weekly
Bradshaw builds on his earlier work ( Homecoming , etc.) about "reclaiming the inner child" in this practical, often profound guide to "learning to love." He first explains the concept of "mystification"--a type of identity confusion rooted in the "defective love" encouraged by our culture and passed along by even the best-intentioned parents. Then he suggests how to replace it with "soulful" love, which remains grounded in reality but also calls the creative spirit into play. Borrowing from 12-step programs, transactional analysis and conventional psychology as well as theology, Bradshaw outlines a four-step program to overcome the "trance" that perpetuates mystification. Self-tests, diagrams, personal testimony and case studies round out his observations. Published to coincide with a PBS TV series, this book should prove a major addition to the self-help field. 250,000 first printing.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
"In Creating Love
, John Bradsgaw provides a new way to understand our most crucial relationships: with parents and children, with friends and co-workers, with ourselves, and with God.
He shows us how we have been literally "entranced" by past experiences of counterfeit love, how we can break these destructive patterns, and how we can open ourselves to the soul-building work of real love.
John Bradshaw has touched and changed millions of lives through his nationally televised PBS series and his best-selling books. His previous book, Homecoming, introduced the concept of the inner child to a vast new audience. Now he defines the "next great stage of growth"--how we can work to create healthy, loving relationships in every part of our lives.
Written for everyone who has struggled with painful relationships and is seeking hope and a new direction, Creating Love is a life-changing book.