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Loving Each Other Paperback – March 12, 1986
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"If you love, you're considered naive," Buscaglia writes. "If happy, you're considered frivolous (or, in this reviewer's experience, no one believes you) and simple. If trusting, you're considered a fool. If you try to be all those things, people think you're a phony." Boy, that's calling it as it is!
Emphasizing the importance of good communications in relationships, Buscaglia stresses the need for honesty and truth. "Only truth," he writes, " can bring us the necessary trust needed for long-lasting relationships. Only truth, painful though it may sometimes be, can create a safe environment of unity and growth."
Understanding the dynamics of forgiveness is crucial to those who care about lasting relationships. He discusses loving each other in joy, in intimacy and the challenge of developing trusting relationships. Friendship is an expression of deep regard for another.
In a friendship, each affirms the other and reinforces his or her dignity with respect and affection. "As the friendship becomes deeper," he writes, "it becomes a sharing of vulnerabilities in a safe environment. We let each other know that our becoming is of the utmost interest and concern. We show in action that we respect and admire one another, that we enjoy the opportunity to be together and share experiences."
There's little in life that is as comfortable, rewarding and fulfilling as a long-term, totally trusting relationship based on respect and love. Following the concepts presented in this book makes developing that kind of relationship a little easier than trying to "reinvent the wheel" by doing it on your own.
Loving Each Other is one of those simple yet life changing books. A lot of the things he said it was as if I should have known but I didn't until he said it. Incredibly encouraging this book gives a person in any loving relationship something to think about. If you love someone, anyone, you should read this book and learn how to love better and love more.
I couldn't say enough about this book. I do encourage you to buy and read it, then pass it on. This book could change the world.
One of my favorite books is Loving Each Other: The Challenge of Human Relationships by Leo Buscaglia. The book is partly based on a questionnaire that he conducted on love.
Even though the book was written in the 80s, its words still hold true today. How in a busy world not one has time to stop and hug or recognize the people around us. Our most essential human need is touch. He shares a story of how a young man went to a book store and bought a book: How to Hug, only to realize it was volume nine of the encyclopedia.
Buscaglia delves back to his immigrant parents, Mama and Papa, and how they were not perfect but always had a loving relationship. His quest had been to understand love. Good relationships encourage optimal intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth. Bad relationships can be destructive and endanger our human dignity, depresses, and can demoralize us.
In the end, we must learn how to co-exist in a world of six billion people, as Abraham Lincoln states, "Most folks are able as happy as they make up their minds to be." The same can be said about to how much in love they will be.
I always read Loving Each Other: The Challenge of Human Relationships when I am a bit sad and cynical about love, it tends to brighten my focus and reawakens my belief in love. Buscaglia lessons are timeless and his humor adds a common touch.
author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy"
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Aww, Mr. Buscaglia is probably one of the most memorable people I had the opportunity to hear at one of his LOVE seminars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Natalie C.
Such a good book to read about love and marriage and thoughtfulnessPublished 3 months ago by Coral Charm
I had a copy already and gave it to my beloved sweetheart. She loves all she has read and I have read my new copy cover to cover and a couple chapters twice. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MadogBazzin
Over the year since 2002 I have bought over 20 copies of this book and have given it to many female friends. I have yet to meet an man who has read this book besides me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dr. Luigi A. C. Schiavo