Codes of Love: Rethink Your Family, Remake Your Life

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Mark Bryan's work is bringing families together. He was a member of Oprah Winfrey's 1999 "Change Your Life" team and a regular on her show, where he reunites parents and children. Now, counselor, educator, and co-founder of The Artist's Way Workshops, Mark Bryan offers an audiobook that will help all of us get closer to our family members and achieve deeper intimacy by cracking the Codes of Love.

As a counselor, Bryan reconnects parents and grown children despite the pain, bitterness, and anger when the work begins. In helping families find buried closeness, Bryan has learned many lessons about what it takes to open people's hearts. He shares these lessons here -- as well as his own family story, which he weaves throughout the book, a story that poignantly illustrates how reconnection is more than possible, even after years of separation.

Bryan's key insight is that families often communicate love in code, using words, actions, and behaviors that not only may obscure love but sometimes get interpreted as love's opposite. Messages of affection, caring, and concern may be sent in ways that other family members read as negative judgments, efforts to control and undermine. Gaps in communication cause the messages to get lost or distorted in transit. These gaps result from generational and life differences, contrasting emotional and conversational styles, "interference" from a legacy of past conflicts, and other factors. If you can decode your family's messages of love and affection, from the past and from today, you can open the door to richer family ties.

Codes of Love is a guide that offers the basic tools for creating better relationships with parents, siblings, grown sons and daughters, spouses, even old friends -- all the loved ones in your life. Bryan explores why family affection so often gets buried or forgotten, then shows us how to recover warmth and rebuild family bonds. He gives readers the necessary tools to crack the Codes Of Love in their own families and discover intimate connections they may not have known existed.

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Mark Bryan's message is that families provide a sense of belonging that doesn't always seem loving but that is essential for the adult heart to grow. In this program he triumphs over the inherent risks of memoir by telling his story of childhood shame and alienation with taste and a sense of empowerment. He promotes living an integrated life with warmth and promise, and asks us very effectively to accept shortcomings in ourselves and others and to embrace the central need to connect with our family members as they are. The psychological truths and good advice in this audio are packaged well enough to be appreciated by a wide range of listeners. It's recommended to everyone with a desire to find the treasures their family of origin can give to them. T.W. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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