Posted by: irenesroth | February 20, 2011

Book Review for Blogcritics

Article first published as How to Love: Choosing Well at Every Stage of Life on Blogcritics.      

      How to Love: Choosing Well at Every Stage of Life
       Gordon Livingston, M.D.
       Da Capo Press, 2009, $16.50.

       Gordon Livingston’s How to Love is a wonderfully crafted and
       informative book about love from a philosopher of human
       psychology. His book offers an urgently needed exploration on
       who best to love. There are certain people who are not candidates
       for forming long-lasting relationships. And it is important to know
       who these people are so that we can avoid such people.
       Dr. Livingston does a masterful job at explaining the different
       types of character and personality traits that are out there. More
       importantly, he helps us to recognize some of the constellations of
       character traits that may be damaging to compatibility and long-
       lasting happiness. Dr. Livingston demonstrates what is crucially
       important in individuals who are trying to form long-term
       relationships. This is an important alternative to the trial and error
       attempts that befit individuals today.
       Our culture currently has a fifty percent divorce rate, and many
       of our young people really don’t have the tools to discover who is
       a candidate for a happy and long-lasting relationship. Instead,
       when they meet someone, they operate on a visceral type of
       emotional reaction and infatuation to determine whether or not
       they love a particular individual and who they think they will get
       along with for the rest of their lives. This is a sure way of having a
       lot of mistakes and having a lot of regrets.
       Dr. Livingston’s book will give readers the much-needed
       knowledge to ensure that they don’t become the next victim in a
       relationship. There are some warning signs for most of us to heed
       when we meet a new person with whom we are trying to form a
       relationship. When we heed Dr. Livingston’s warning signs, we
       will be more likely to meet the person who we will spend the rest
       of our lives being happy and fulfilled.
       This book is must read for all individuals who are just about to
       get married or looking for a new spouse after a painful divorce.
       The book will stir you clear from making some painful mistakes in
       the choice of spouse. I would have loved to read this book before I
       got married a decade ago.
       This book is written in layman terms that doesn’t presuppose
       any psychological or medical knowledge. The reader will be
       mesmerized by the author’s sincerity of heart and inspiring
       wisdom on love. We can find the person of our dreams. All we
       have to do is to apply some of his wisdom to our future partners.

       Reviewed by Irene S. Roth for Blogcritics


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