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  • Published: 1 December 2008
  • ISBN: 9781590305713
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

When the Past Is Present

Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships



Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships

The popular author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships reveals how past trauma can negatively impact our present-day relationships—and offers guidance on what to do about it

We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives, whether they are our intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances. When the Past Is Present helps us to become more aware of the ways we slip into the past so that we can identify our emotional baggage and take steps to unpack it and put it where it belongs.

Drawing on decades of experience as a psychotherapist, Richo helps readers to:

• Understand how the wounds of childhood become exposed in adult relationships—and why this is a gift

• Identify and heal the emotional wounds we carry over from the past so that they won’t sabotage present-day relationships

• Recognize how strong attractions and aversions to people in the present can be signals of our own unfinished business

• Use mindfulness to stay in the present moment and cultivate authentic intimacy

Full of practical guidance, When the Past is Present will teach you how to free yourself from old wounds and destructive behavioral partners so you can foster healthier, happier relationships.

  • Published: 1 December 2008
  • ISBN: 9781590305713
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

David Richo

DAVID RICHO, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and writer who draws on Jungian, Buddhist, and poetic perspectives in his work. He leads popular workshops at the Esalen Institute, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara City College. He is the author of HOW TO BE AN ADULT, HOW TO BE AN ADULT IN RELATIONSHIPS, and SHADOW DANCE: LIBERATING THE POWER AND CREATIVITY OF YOUR DARK SIDE. He lives in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California.

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