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Book Review: How to Love: Choosing Well At Every Stage of Life by Gordon Livingston, M.D.

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Dr. Gordon Livingston’s newest book is about love, a very important topic, given our current cultural times. The decisions and choices that we make about love can have a lasting impact on our happiness and overall well-being. For instance, if we hang around negative, hurtful people all the time, we will be unfulfilled and unhappy. In How to Love: Choosing Well at Every Stage of Life, Dr. Livingston shows us how we can each avoid people who are not worthy of our love and acceptance.

Dr. Livingston masterfully explains the different types of character and personality traits. In addition, he shows us how to recognize some of the character traits that may be damaging to compatibility and long-lasting happiness. Dr. Livingston shows what character traits are crucially important to develop wholesome long-term relationships. These are important alternatives to the trial and error attempts usually employed in finding a partner that are in vogue today.

Currently, we are experiencing a 50 percent divorce rate, and many of our young people really don’t have the psychological tools and skills to choose the best person for a happy and long-lasting relationship. Instead, when they meet someone, they choose partners on an emotional and infatuation-based level. These are hardly predictable barometers to decide whether or not they will get along with this person for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Livingston’s book will relationships,. The book is an instructional manual on how we can choose the right person to spend the rest of our lives with. There are many warning signs available to determine whether or not a particular person is a good match for us. By heeding the author’s warning signs, we will be more likely to choose the right person with whom to spend the rest of our lives.

How to Love is written in layman terms that doesn’t presuppose any theoretical knowledge. It is a book that must be read by individuals who are just about to get married or looking for a new spouse after a painful divorce. It will steer the reader clear from making some painful mistakes in the choice of spouse. Indeed, we can find the person of our dreams. All we have to do is to apply some of Dr. Livingston’s wisdom when we’re choosing our friends and significant others.

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

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