The Authentic Heart: An Eightfold Path to Midlife Love
by John Amodeo, Ph.D.
As time passes, you may feel that something you've always longed for has never happened. Frustrated, you may give up on love or cling to young images of romantic love, hoping that another person will furnish happiness. You may experience a growing sense of depression, anxiety, or cynicism. But as psychotherapist and relationship expert Dr. John Amodeo explains, authentic love takes time and maturity. At midlife, you hold the extraordinary potential of becoming more fully awake and alive in your relationships than ever before. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Amodeo helps you rediscover love at its best. You'll learn how to overcome the psychological obstacles that have kept you from developing satisfying relationships. And you'll learn the eight enriching steps that release your authentic self for the fullness of genuine connection. Whether you're seeking true love for the first time or wish to deepen the joy and meaning in your current relationship, The Authentic Heart guides you along the path to a more vibrant partnership at the prime of your life.
From the Author
This book is a unique synthesis of the essential factors necessary for creating love, trust, and intimacy in our adult lives. This very readable and warmly written book takes readers on a step by step path toward the greater depth and delight that are the promise of midlife relationships. Rather than promise quick fixes, the author offers sound, research-supported guidance, and is based on over twenty years experience as a psychotherapist. The key premise is that authenticity is the key to building authentic love. But being authentic must be couched in gentleness, lest it become self-centered brutality. Developing an authentic heart that connects tenderly with the hearts of others requires a commitment to understand and practice the eight steps clearly outlined in this book. These steps include healing our shame, knowing our boundaries, communicating with kindness and respect, and distinguishing young views of love from mature love. Readers who practice these psychologically and spiritually sound steps will enjoy the satisfaction of connecting