Receiving Love : Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved

Version: Unabridged
Author: Harville Hendrix , Helen LaKelly Hunt
Narrator: Harville Hendrix , Helen LaKelly Hunt
Genres: Relationships, Marriage & Family
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes
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Harville Hendrix has illuminated the paths to loving, long-lasting relationships in his New York Times bestsellers Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find. Now, with coauthor and wife Helen LaKelly Hunt, he brings us to a new understanding about one of the most complicated issues facing couples today:
Receiving Love
Many men and women know how to give love, but many more undermine their relationships by never having learned how to accept it. We don't always realize the ways in which we reject appreciation and affection, help and guidance from our romantic partners. And, according to Hendrix and Hunt, until we are able to understand the meaning behind our behavior, our relationships stand to suffer. Ask yourself:
Are you reluctant to tell your partner what you really want or need?
When you do get what you've asked for, do you still feel dissatisfied?
Is it difficult for you to accept kind gestures, gifts, or compliments from your partner?
If you answered yes to any of the above, this book is for you. With Receiving Love, you can learn how to break the shackles of self-rejection -- which likely began in childhood, when our caretakers unintentionally failed to nurture us -- and embrace real intimacy. Drawing on their renowned expertise, the wide clinical experience of Imago therapists, and their own personal experience as a married couple, the authors offer detailed, sensitive advice on how to turn a relationship between two well-meaning yet misunderstood individuals into a true, everlasting partnership.

Reviews (3)

Receiving love

Written by Anonymous on July 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

didn't care much for the book, but mostly because I felt like I was being talked down to, AND because it just wasn't what I expected.

a good book, very imformative

Written by Anonymous from Bryn Athyn, PA on July 17th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A wonderful book, enjoyed it. very informative......

Receiving Love, Case Study Style

Written by kk2again on December 19th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This one will beg you to listen to passages again and again. Keep a pad and paper handy to jot down disc, section and time so you can easily find the discussions in which you have interest. Using case studies, the authors illustrate 6 individuals in paired relationships wherein the partners and the relationships are troubled. Over the treatment period, the origins of a partner's personal struggles are discussed, what manifests the personal issues into a relationship stopper and eventually, what treatments might lead to some healing. Great listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Hendrix, Harville

"Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and Helen Hunt, M.A., are co-founders of the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy in Orlando, Fla. They are collaborators in the creation of Imago Relationship Therapy and the concepts of ""conscious marriage"" and ""conscious parenting.""

Married for 25 years, they have written several bestsellers including Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples and Keeping the Love You Find: A Personal Guide, authored by Hendrix. He and Hunt are co-authors of The Couples Companion: The Personal Companion, Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents, and The Parenting Companion.

Hendrix is a pastoral counselor who has spent more than 35 years as a therapist, educator, workshop leader and public lecturer. For the past 15 years, he has specialized in studying intimate partnerships and couples therapy.

Before his entry into private practice, Hendrix was on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., which has awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters. He has a theology degree from the Theological Seminary in New York, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in religion and psychology from the Divinity School, University of Chicago, where he was a fellow.

Hunt has earned three degrees from Southern Methodist University. She has worked in the secular women's movement for the past 17 years. As president of the Sister Fund ? an organization that aims to empower women and girls socially, economically, politically and spiritually ? she has been instrumental in founding other women's organizations in New York and Dallas.

It is Hunt's belief that redressing the injustice toward women and girls has a positive impact on the family, enabling it to become a foundational and functional unit within society. She is also interested in the ways in which the dialogue within feminist theology intersects with Imago theory.

The couple has six children and lives in northern New Jersey. "

Hunt, Helen LaKelly

" Helen LaKelly Hunt has been active within the women's movement for the past eighteen years. She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, a private women's fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls. Helen has helped to fund a number of other women's funding institutions, including the Dallas Women's Foundation, the New York Women's Foundation and the national Network of Women's Funds (now The Women's Funding Network). Helen has served on the Board of Directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Women and Foundations, and the New York City Women's Agenda. Among Helen's major civic activities have been her active memberships on the Childcare Commission for the Mayor of the City of New York and the New York City Commission on the Status of Women.

Committed to building a society that invites the full participation of all, Helen has long recognized the need to strengthen women's rights and leadership. She sees the unearthing of women's contributions throughout the ages, within both the social and religious spheres, as being a crucial aspect of the work of achieving justice in society. Helen has chosen to pursue a Doctorate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City to further ground her understanding of how theology or a spiritual perspective can strengthen the work of women's activism. Her dissertation will focus on, ?The Religious Roots of American Feminism,? as she feels that the work of our foremothers-Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Sojourner Truth (to name a few) exemplifies the balance of compassion and fire that is so necessary to redefine and enhance the women's movement. Her doctoral studies build upon her past academic studies, which include three degrees from Southern Methodist University: a B.A. in Secondary Education, an M.L.A. in Liberal Arts, and an M.A. in Counseling and an honorary PhD. from the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Helen has been recognized for her roles of leadership in building the women's funding movement, including the following awards: the National Creative Philanthropy Award from the National Network of Women's Funds, Gloria Steinem's Women of Vision Award through the Ms. Foundation for Women. The Equity Leadership Award from Nontraditional Employment of Women (NOW), the Laura Parsons Pratt award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of Women and Children from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and as an Honoree at the Center of the Elimination of Violence in the Family. Helen is an honored inductee in the National Women's Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls, New York.

A few years ago, Helen established a ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico that seeks to strengthen the local community of ranchers. She is also working there with Hispanic women to create an economic development project that focuses on honoring traditional crafts of the area, and reflects her concern to preserve the culture of northern New Mexico. She sees her work in the women's movement as being profoundly connected with the impulses she has discovered within the Native American and Hispanic cultures, which continue to honor the sacredness of our connection with each other and our earth, a perspective that has much to offer our society at large.

Along with her studies and activities on behalf of women and girls, Helen has co-authored three books with her husband, Harville Hendrix, and has been instrumental in the development of Imago Relationship Therapy, which he founded. Feeling strongly that our ability to function with integrity and wholeness within our communities and larger lives begins with our family connections. Helen also focuses a great deal of her time and energies on sustaining connections with her husband and their six children, one of whom still lives in their home in New Jersey. "