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Women Who Love Too Much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He'll Change Paperback – April 8, 2008
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"An extraordinary self-help book that reads like a page-turning thriller....This beautifully written, intelligent book can help women break the pattern of foolish love." -- Los Angeles Times
"If you constantly find yourself loving men you want to change, Women Who Love Too Much is for you." -- Houston Chronicle
"A message so compelling that those readers who see themselves in the book may well be inspired to follow [Norwood's] 10-point recovery plan.... Norwood conveys the authority and sensitivity of a sister sufferer." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Even if you're not a woman who loves too much, the book is a reminder that we indeed make our lives and that love is supposed to be a happy event." -- Boston Herald
"How to distinguish between unwise loving and healthy loving is what Norwood sets out to do.... Every woman, no matter how healthy her relationships with men may be, may see a bit of herself in this book." -- Star Publications
About the Author
Robin Norwood is also the author of Letters from Women Who Love Too Much, Daily Meditations for Women Who Love Too Much (illustrated by Richard Torregrossa), and Why? A Guide to Answering Life's Toughest Questions. There are more than three million copies in print worldwide of her #1 bestseller Women Who Love Too Much. A former marriage, family, and child therapist specializing in addiction, she lives in the central coast area of California.
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I'm not a self-help book aficionado but I couldn't stop reading and re-reading each chapter, gleaning more and more insight into why I do what I do, why I did what I did, why I put up with what I put up with and how to learn to focus on my own health, my own mental health, my own expectations and best of all, my own boundaries.
Each chapter, once finished, was begun again. Notes taken, highlighting done in different colours for the different emotions and people coming to mind as the words came together and made sense.
I'm learning. Each day I'm paying attention to what I am thinking, feeling, living ~ and understanding the child behind the woman whose actions can seem so lost.
I love this book. If all self-help books were this good, I'd probably be an avid reader. But for now, I can read this one over and over again. I'm happy with that.
With that said, I think it's important to couple this book with "Men Who Can't Love" by Steven Carter. (All of Steven Carter's material is very helpful for people trying to understand and improve their relationships, in my opinion). While "Women Who Love Too Much" puts the majority of the blame on the women in these situations, Carter offers the opposite viewpoint: it's not our fault; we respond as any woman would when confronted with a commitmentphobic man and all his irrational, outrageous behavior. Carter's book allowed me to understand my ex-husband's behavior from a different, albeit accurate, point of view.
I think the truth probably is somewhere in the middle. In my case, I managed to get involved with a highly commitmentphobic man who showed all the warning signs from the first date, and then I spent four years driving myself absolutely insane loving him too much. It's like the absolute worst combination possible, haha. The end of the relationship has been devastating and confusing, but these two books have given me tremendous insight and hope that my future can be different. For the first time in my life I'm embracing my single life and the options that come along with it.
If you are obsessing over your husband/boyfriend, wondering why he can't just get his crap together and be happy with you, please read both these books. You need to understand your own motivations, as well as his, to make some decisions about whether or not it's truly worth all the stress and anxiety you're likely in. Chances are, it's not.