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  • Published: 19 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529107333
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $45.00

Tell Me the Truth About Love



The Examined Life meets Three Women: stories of real couples on the couch from one of Britain's most experienced relationship therapists.

Love is what gives life meaning, but relationships also present us with the greatest emotional challenges of our lives.

Tell Me the Truth About Love takes us on a journey into one of the most fascinating realms there is: other people's relationships.

Drawing on over 30 years of working closely with people who have encountered hurdles in their love lives, psychoanalytic therapist and chair of the British Psychoanalytic council Susanna Abse shares poignant, alarming and unforgettable stories that explore how we love, and how we live with those we love.

Abse takes us through six of the challenges most often encountered in the course of a relationship: infidelity, ambition, marriage, children, loneliness, fragility.

We meet couples who have embedded affairs into their relationship yet are in denial about its repercussions; partners who suffer oedipal complexes with the arrival of their first child; and others who are in love, but struggle with the question of what price to pay for their ambition - and how far work can take over from their personal lives.

Whether its knowing when to call time on a relationship versus when to persevere, or how to navigate our changing roles within a single relationship over the course of our lives, Tell Me the Truth About Love explores inspiring true stories that shed light on the human heart - and the strange ways it tries to both embrace life's greatest mystery, and protect itself from pain.

  • Published: 19 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529107333
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Susanna Abse

Susanna Abse is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has worked in private practice with couples, individuals and parents since 1991. She is the current chair of The British Psychoanalytic Council and was CEO of the charity Tavistock Relationships from 2006 until 2016. She has also recently been presenting Britain on the Couch for Channel 4 News. She has published widely on couple therapy, parenting, and family policy and how these areas need to be at the heart of progressive welfare provision, a subject on which she lectures and teaches.

Susanna is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute for Medical Psychology, a fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington; a previous Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor Castle, as well as a Member of the Advisory Board of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She is also Co-Editor of The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis for Routledge Books. Between 2016-18, she was a member of the University of Birmingham mental health policy commission, “Investing in a Resilient Generation”.

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