The bestseller “Women Who Love Too Much” by Robin Norwood has become a classic for women who recognize that they are losing themselves in romantic relationships. It’s not just a woman thing – men too can fall into the same trap.
Addiction is an unstable state of being, marked by a compulsion to deny your highest values and truest identity for some new and ecstatic experience.
When we’re attracted to someone romantically, the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone oxytocin literally course through our veins. It’s intoxicating, thrilling, and potentially transformative. But mislabeling it love is both foolish and dangerous.
It’s rare for anyone to seek assistance in that initial over-the-moon stage. But after a while some people begin to realize that they are losing themselves in the shadow of their beloved, and have become addicted to the relationship. The antidote to addiction lies in accepting and affirming what is strong in a relationship while recognizing and healing its weaknesses.
This is when therapy can be useful. As a recovering relationship addict herself, Jill has been there and gotten the T-shirt, so she can help to walk you (or both of you) toward a happy and healthy future.