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Intimate Connections Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 1985
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About the Author
Dr. Burns's entertaining teaching style has made him a popular lecturer for general audiences and mental health professionals throughout the country as well as a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Top Customer Reviews
Though this book is primarily directed at single people struggling to find a compatible mate, I also found it very useful, even though I am happily married, for two major reasons: (a) Loneliness. Dr. Burns believes that loneliness is not a function of who you are with, or not with, but arises out of not treating yourself well and enjoying your own company. Thus, even people who are blessed with a wonderful mate can get lonely from time to time. Dr. Burns shows you how to head off loneliness at its source by building your self-esteem through the technique of treating yourself with care and respect. People who treat themselves badly not only feel badly about themselves, they get very needy. When you are needy, you tend to become very self-centered, and other people very naturally shy away from that. Who wants to be with someone who is clinging to you out of desperation rather than unselfish, generous interest and affection? (b) Distorted Thinking. Dr.Read more ›
The message is clear: first, you have to really love and accept yourself. Then, you can proceed to getting to know other people more intimately. The book also deals with the not so pleasant aspects of relationships: rejections and fears. Lots of exercises show the reader how to deal with these and other problems.
By and large, a recommendable book!
Three years ago, I found myself single again and read the book once again, cover to cover. It really helped me bounce back from my breakup, made me realistic about expectations and rejections, and I started an active dating life again.
Despite a few dated references (e.g., negative references to homosexuality) I still think this is a great book for single people looking to date..whether they are gay or straight!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must even if you do not have problems finding relationships. Helps you have a strong basis of self steem so you will not fall in power games no matter how much you like the other... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alfredo Salume
I bought every single David Burns book I could off Amazon and this was one of my less favorite ones. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cheap and Cheerful
The most powerful and effective advice on loving yourself that I have ever read or heard anywhere.
His idea that really helped me gain a sense of self-reliability and... Read more
Good was recommended by therapist , only on third chapter but so far so goodPublished 8 months ago by Sabrina M.
This book changed my life. I was lost like a ship at sea before I picked this book up. Before this book I was a very shy person, never had a girl friend at age 20. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Timmy