Embraced by Love
"Embraced by Love" provides answers to frequently asked questions about relationships. How do you find a partner that suits you? What should you look for when choosing a life partner? And if you are in a good relationship, why then can crises sometimes pop up out of nowhere ? Very relevant questions when taking the ever-growing amount of singles into account and the climbing rate of divorce. "Embraced by Love"' answers these questions using examples from the private practice of therapist and marriage counselor Jeroen Hoekman. Using a specific method of assessing relationships, based on the Jungian theory of archetypes, Hoekman shows how the differences and similarities in our characters contribute to happiness (and pain) in a relationship.
This book offers a new way of thinking about relationships. According to the author our current way of looking at relationships is often led by fear instead of love. We are sometimes afraid to commit or, the other way around, are restricted by our fear of being abandoned. Sometimes we remain together for fear of an uncertain future and prefer to avoid a crisis in a relationship rather than seek out the confrontation with its cause. Hoekman gets you thinking about your most important wants and needs in a relationship and sometimes wonders how honest we really are about these matters.
We often can not or do not want to know who we really are and, as a result, settle for a supporting role in a relationship or life in general. We are frequently so busy adapting to our surroundings that we can forget who we really are. Who are we, deep down inside? Following in the footsteps of Jungian psychiatrist Jean Shinoda Bolen, Hoekman uses the metaphor of Greek mythology to give you an in depth overview of all the different archetypal qualities that reside within you and invites you to delve deeply into the essence of what it means to love and be loved. Becoming aware of our true self is the first step. The next step is to gather the courage to reveal who we are to our loved ones and the outside world. Doing so, according to Hoekman, is difficult but will most certainly attract the love we long for.
"Embraced by Love" takes you on a quest for a soulful relationship and gives you three keys with which you can unlock the door to understanding and realizing long lasting happiness in a relationship. Hoekman explains what it means to go on this quest for a soulful relationship and how you can and will sometimes experience pain and sorrow. In an almost poetic way, he demonstrates that relationships are the tool of choice to shape the love that resides in all of us, to share it with each other and with the world around us.