Book Reviews of Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow

Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow
Necessary Losses The Loves Illusions Dependencies and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow
Author: Judith Viorst
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ISBN-13: 9780684844954
ISBN-10: 0684844958
Publication Date: 1/5/1998
Pages: 448
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Publisher: Free Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Personal experience and study of psychoanalytic theory are combined in this far-ranging book by Redbook columnist Viorst to demonstrate that growing and aging involve a succession of conscious and unconscious losses, including the loss of youth. Citing examples, and starting with the loss of the mother-child connection, she indicates that only by learning to relinquish people, places, situations and emotions that concern us at stages of life from childhood to old age can we develop a positive identity and self-image. We must realize, she argues, that these losses are a necessary part of life and growth. A strong sense of self will help us remain positive in the face of the many physical and psychological losses of old age and to accept life's final loss that is death. Losing, Viorst concludes, is the price we pay for living.
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A book dealing with the "necessary losses" that occur with life...
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I have read this book and loved it years ago. Had to stop every few pages to absorb what that section mean to me..wanted a larger print paperback but this was what was available so..its a keeper in my mind..will enjoy the reread at my age..