How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy
Review posted April 1, 2015.
Shambhala, Boston. 2015. 255 pages.
2015 Sonderbooks Stand-out: #1 Other Nonfiction
I like the philosophy of this book so much, almost as soon as I'd read the Introduction, I ordered myself a copy. I will confess that I haven't actually dated anyone while I've been reading it, and I haven't done all the exercises. (There are some designed to help you find someone to date.)
However, I still love the principles behind this book, and I have a better idea of what I'm looking for, and I'm happier while I'm waiting to find someone, as well.
Let me quote from the Introduction to give you an idea of what's found in this book:
The path to a loving relationship is about something much more profound, essential, and life changing than we have ever been taught. The real search for love is about embracing our most authentic self, sharing that true self with the precious people who know how to honor it, and learning to offer others the same in return. The amazing paradox is that the parts of our personality we think we must fix in order to find love are usually the keys to finding that love. On the path you'll be taking, the focus won't be on fixing yourself; it will be on honoring and expressing your innate gifts. And that changes everything. Instead of holding the whip of self-improvement over yourself, as many of us have spent so much time doing, you will learn to value, trust, and express what I call your Core Gifts.
What are Core Gifts? They are simply your points of deepest sensitivity to life. You will find them in the things that inspire you most, the things that touch you most deeply -- and in the things that hurt you the most. Often we think we need to conceal these vulnerable parts of ourselves, to hide them or fix them in order to make ourselves more attractive, but the absolute reverse is true: they are the bullet train to authentic intimacy. When we learn to lead with our Core Gifts, our lives shift on their very axes. Our personal magnetism becomes stronger. We experience more passion and more connection to ourselves and others. Most important, we move closer to the love that may have previously eluded us, a love that empowers us and brings us joy.
This book explores how these ideas relate to your dating life. I especially enjoyed the section about finding your Core Gifts -- because these things make life more rich, even while you're still single.
The more you feel close to your joys, the more the people who are right for you will notice you and become attracted to you. Your joys are some of the very things your partner-to-be will love most about you, and will need most from you....
Also, the more time you spend with the things that touch you and move you, the more you will be noticed by the people who are good for you. The kind of person you are seeking is someone who is drawn to your Core Gifts, your authentic self. If you wait until you know someone loves you before you reveal these parts of yourself, it's as though you're waiting for the harvest without planting the seeds. It's the vulnerability, warmth, and humanity of your gifts that will make the right person notice and come to love you.
Would you like to think about how these ideas can play out in your dating life? I highly recommend this book.