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Necessary Losses

The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow
Narrated by: Donna Postel
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
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Drawing on psychoanalysis, literature, and personal experience, Necessary Losses is a philosophy for understanding and accepting life's inevitabilities. In this book Judith Viorst turns her considerable talents to a serious and far-reaching subject: how we grow and change through the losses that are certain and necessary parts of life. She argues persuasively that through the loss of our mothers' protection, the loss of the impossible expectations we bring to relationships, the loss of our younger selves, and the loss of our loved ones through separation and death, we gain deeper perspective, true maturity, and fuller wisdom about life. She has written a book that is both life affirming and life changing.

©1986 Judith Viorst (P)2015 Tantor

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Transformational

I read this several years ago, and knew it was worth reading again. having the audio book allowed me to listen again at my leisure, allowing Judith Viorst's wisdom to refresh my insights once again.

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A must read!

Therapists will find this useful in understanding human development through a psychodynamic approaches. Non professionals will enjoy learning about the stages of life that we all go through and how to successfully proceed to the next, while embracing change.

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Outdated and cringy

Basics of psychoanalysis for a popular audience of 1977- probably outdated at the time of writing, corny stuff.

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Strange

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was very different than I expected. It talked about family and one's relationship to your mother. Just plain odd.

I would not recommend this book at all. I couldn't finish reading it since it did not relate to me.

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