The Intimacy Factor: The Ground Rules for Overcoming the Obstacles to Truth, Respect, and Lasting Love

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True intimacy and the spiritual gratification that comes from it is our birthright. Yet so many of us suffer from the inability to attain truth, respect, and lasting love in our relationships. Now, in her first book in over ten years, Pia Mellody -- author of the groundbreaking bestsellers Facing Codependence and Facing Love Addiction -- shares her wisdom on how to sustain true intimacy and trusting love in our most important relationships. Drawing from more than twenty years' experience as a counselor at the renowned Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona, Mellody writes about her current findings on what makes intimate relationships work -- and what makes them falter. Using the most up-to-date research and real-life examples, including her own compelling personal journey, Mellody provides us with profoundly insightful and practical guidelines for creating relationships that achieve and maintain joyous intimacy.

Learning how to communicate is at the heart of Mellody's work, and The Intimacy Factor teaches us the crucial language of talking and listening boundaries. Included are tried-and-true ground rules for com-municating with our partner without fear. By following Mellody's practical guidelines, we can put ourselves on the path to true intimacy -- a path that will lead us to our spiritual well-being. If we recover from the psychological damage that keeps us from intimacy, we will learn to experience renewed self-esteem, personal power, and faith, which give us the ability to have intimate relationships in the first place.

Ultimately, The Intimacy Factor will show us how sustaining healthy relation-ships can encourage spiritual principles in our lives and, in turn, cultivate our au-thentic self, freeing us to accept our own limitations and to be perfectly imperfect.

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A new book on intimacy and relationships from the bestselling author of Facing Codependence and Facing Love Addiction.

Pia Mellody's previous books showed the fruits of her groundbreaking programs dealing with codependence at The Meadows Treatment Centre in Wickenburg, Arizona. In her first book in 10 years, Pia Mellody diagnoses causes of faulty relationships (many of them rooted in childhood) and provides tools such as boundary–work skills for readers to heal themselves, thus enabling them to achieve and maintain intimacy.

Another thread of the book is how the sustaining of healthy relationships can activate spiritual principles, in turn cultivating self–esteem. This ultimately frees readers to accept their own limitations and to be 'perfectly imperfect'. Pia Mellody's goal is to show people how to attain the intimacy they need and deserve.

About the Author:

Pia Mellody is an internationally renowned lecturer on the childhood origins of emotional dysfunc-tion. Her recovery work-shops have benefited people all over the world and her bestselling books have been translated into many languages. She is a member of the faculty at The Meadows Treatment Center, a residential center for victims of trauma, emotional abuse, and addictions, in Wickenburg, Arizona.



Lawrence S. Freundlich has spent more than thirty years as a book publisher and editor. He is the coauthor of Blue Dog and founder of the New York media con-sultant firm Freundlich Communications.

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