HOW TO MAKE IT WITH ANOTHER PERSON: Getting Close, Staying Close by

HOW TO MAKE IT WITH ANOTHER PERSON: Getting Close, Staying Close

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What a Ph.D. thesis our national addiction to self-help will make for some 23rd-century sociologist pondering this generation's apparent inability to tell its ass from its elbow without the condescending reassurances of some soi-disant expert. Those shopping for personal altimeters and gyrocompasses will learn from psychotherapist Austin that ""Inviting free exchange allows for the expression of negative feelings""; ""A living, growing relationship requires that each mate take his personal development seriously""; ""Positive attitudes toward sex, and fully functioning sexual relationships, are important to personality well-being."" There are lots of case histories, official-looking charts and lists of things like marital compatibility and compensatory manipulation patterns, and such opportunities for creative insight as an ""intimacy Quotient"" test--Question 11: ""Do you think love should be given without strings attached?"" Miserable sinner that we are, we'd like to meet the dear little buttercups who ever achieved love any other way.

Pub Date: Feb. 3rd, 1975
Publisher: Macmillan