Toxic vs. Healthy Relationships with guest Linda Carroll November 10 at 1:00pm ET

The notions that passion always peters out, that there's a "seven-year itch," and that the honeymoon is over as soon reality sets in have some truth to them. But, Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love, promises that long-term, wholehearted love is still possible.

Author and veteran couples therapist Linda Carroll explains that love is cyclical and comprised of five distinct stages: the Merge, Doubt and Denial, Disillusionment, Decision, and Wholehearted Loving.

Love Cycles explains that love's more challenging stages are part of genuine intimacy, rather than signs of its demise. In fact, Carroll goes as far to say that courageously moving through what comes after the rapturous initial Merge stage is the only way we can get to an authentic intimate relationship. Just as crucial is our willingness to navigate the stormy waters of Disillusionment and Decision, and the willingness to embrace the personal development that is both a reward of and a prerequisite for Wholehearted Loving.

Love Cycles explains that some may cycle through love's stages many times with one person over the course of a long life. Others may change partners along the way, either integrating what they've learned into each new relationship, or repeating painful patterns until they they've learned how to create the relationship they want. The book includes a quiz that helps individuals identify which stage they are currently experiencing, and reminds us that the path from falling in love to wholehearted loving is never a straight, simple path.

 

Tune in Monday, November 10th at 10:00 am PT

and listen in as Linda Carroll shares...

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