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Obsessive Love: When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go
Susan Forward and Craig Buck

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Format: Mass Market Paperback, 321pp.
ISBN: 0553296744
Publisher: Bantam Books, Incorporated
Pub. Date: April 1992
Healthy Living members. This one of three books one of our discussion leaders said helped her the most.  You can read Allanae's review below.
From Allanae:  This is geared toward the worst case scenarios and shows how the abuser develops a pattern of obsessivness. THIS IS A MUST READ.  Dr. Susan Forward has been on the Bestseller List more times then I can count. This is also the same book that was found bookmarked in Nicole Brown's townhouse the night she was murdered in 1994. PLEASE READ THIS ONE if you never read another book at all.
From the Publisher:  In this invaluable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward presents vivid case histories as well as the real-life voices of men and women caught in the grip of obsessive passion. Whether you're an obsessive lover or the target of such an obsession, here is a proven, step-by-step program that shows you how to recognize the "connection compulsion," what causes it, and how to break its hold on your life so that you can go on to build healthy, lasting, and pain-free relationships.
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Library Journal:  Addressing those consumed by their obsessive propensities, Los Angeles therapist Forward dramatically describes the effects and consequences of out-of-control passions. Drawing on her extensive practice, she uses vignettes to illustrate a variety of smothering, volatile relationships. She portrays situations where one partner seeks to completely dominate the supposed object of his or her affection, and highlights unrealistic expectations that can turn unrequited love into violent anger. Forward devotes her third and most important section to ``Freeing Yourself from Obsession.'' While self-help may be inadequate for a person suffering from these destructive behavior patterns--indeed, professional therapy is most likely required--Forward has a following and this book will undoubtedly be popular.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia

Other readers:
  Though I bought this book to understand why my boyfriend was doing the things he was doing, I found myself reading about myself. This book has helped me to see why I chose the relationships I do, how I got into this position in the first place. (5/20/99)