Summary

In this audiobook, psychotherapist David Richo explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships - and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern. We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives, whether they are our intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances. When the Past Is Present helps us to become more aware of the ways we slip into the past so that we can identify our emotional baggage and take steps to unpack it and put it where it belongs. Drawing on decades of experience as a psychotherapist, Richo helps listeners to:


Understand how the wounds of childhood become exposed in adult relationships - and why this is a gift
Identify and heal the emotional wounds we carry over from the past so that they won't sabotage present-day relationships
Recognize how strong attractions and aversions to people in the present can be signals of own own unfinished business
Use mindfulness to stay in the present moment and cultivate authentic intimacy
©2008 David Richo (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Konstantinos on 20-06-17

Mind blowing.

Arguably one of the most important books you will ever read especially if you are not familiar with the notion of transference. You might need a second reading of the first chapters though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ruth Murtagh on 09-12-16

An excellent book

One of the best books around that explains the unconscious processes that affect our relationships.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Oldschoolreasons on 08-11-17

Disappointed

I found this audible book to be a struggle. I do believe in transference and the role it plays in our lives, some more than others. However, the book jumps all over with a bunch of random Emily Dickinson quotes and out-of-place words and phrases thrown in. I also feel the connections of transference are greatly exaggerated and, in some cases, just plain weird. The narration felt like a pushed whisper the whole time and made the content worse. I do hope others enjoy the book and narration, and find it useful... but for me, I was quite disappointed.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kephra on 23-12-16

Ramble fest

This one could have been 1/3 the length and more impactful. Explaining something 12 times in the exact same way. Entire chapters with only a paragraph's worth of real information. The only reason it got 2 stars instead of 1 is I think the concepts have a lot of merit.

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