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Elemental Love Styles: Find Compatibility and Create a Lasting Relationship Paperback – February 2, 2010
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After struggling with his own love life, L.A.-based spiritual counselor Martin came to this conclusion: "People love in different ways." To delineate these ways, Martin looked to the four elements of astrology-Air, Fire, Earth, and Water-and found an intuitive system for determining one's love style, and what that style means in terms of romantic relationships, that he delivers with a game sense of adventure. In broad terms, "Air" indicates a thinker who prioritizes communication; "Earth" types are practical and grounded; "Water" stands for emotion and intuition; and "Fire" is creative and enthusiastic. After filling out a questionnaire to determine one's core style, readers will find a straightforward, in-depth examination of each elemental type, including strengths and weaknesses, famous examples (Clark Kent and Lucy Ricardo are Airs, Wonder Woman and James Bond are Fires) and a focus on "deeper needs." Geared toward self-discovery and "Deep Inner Growth," Martin's guide discusses intimacy among the types while emphasizing how greater understanding enhances all relationships (not just romance).
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About the Author
Dr. Craig Martin is an interfaith minister, celebrity astrologer, and spiritual counselor. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he maintains a full counseling practice, as well as keeping an office in New York. Prior to his work as a minister, Dr. Craig worked as a chiropractor and homeopath. He has been featured on Los Angeles television as an expert on relationships, and currently is in demand as a speaker and teacher.
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I have found this book to be a bright lamp post in the dark. I first read it when I was single and didn't know why I've had failed relationships. And since then I go back to it while in relationships to shine more light on why I (or my partner) might be acting a certain way.
Although open communication with a partner is essential having an objective viewpoint helps to get out of our head and understand things more clearly. Plus who doesn't want to be happy and in love? This book certainly helps you get closer to that!!
I have no doubt this book will help me relate better and communicate more effectively with my partner and other family members. The insights I am gaining into myself in just a few days reading this book are incredible.
This book is based on the four elements of nature. Fire, Water, Air, Earth. Apply these to a style of love, and you get the main point. Fire that is focused on Creativity and excitement, energy, and willfulness. Air people are super intellectual, and love language, information, humor, and curiosity. Water style is emotional, and are all about feelings and imagination. Finally Earth people are practical and like organization and substance.
You , the reader, will take a 44 question Elemental style quiz to figure out what you are. I was more Water than the other three. My boyfriend was both Air and Water. Which is, according to the author, very common. So I read about "myself" and agreed with my description about 90%, my boyfriend also agreed with his and because he is both a water and air, he found some similarities more common in one than the other. It will tell you who you are best suited to be with, who to avoid, what negative aspects there are to every style, and what positives. You can use this book as a tool to recognize how your element works with the world, and especially how it pertains to love.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved it from beginning to end, making sure to read even about the elements that I had nothing of. If you love advice books like this, its one of the best I have read.
For example, the book begins by asking the reader to profile themself, and then analyze their deeper relationship needs in light of the profile. Martin then takes it a step further by asking the reader to analyze their partners and look at the cross interactions to determine likely challenges and positives to the relationship - as well as some practical advice on how to work through them.
The book itself is probably most useful as an introspective tool. As Martin notes in his introduction, "Know Thyself" is a critical requirement. Also he stresses that WE need to be the one to understand, adapt and change in the relationship through better understanding of ourselves and our partners deeper needs and behaviors.
I found Martin's self-diagnostic questionaire to be a useful tool, and his descriptions of the various personality types to be spot on. While Martin notes that most of us combine parts of all the elements in our personality, I would have liked to see more discussion or attempt at analysis of combined personality types - paricularly if one element is not excessively dominant. Having said that, the book will make you self reflective and more self aware. Worth picking up.
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