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Authentic Love:
Theory and Therapy

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Authentic Love: Theory and Therapy

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This is an important book because it contributes to a better understanding of an essential part of life -- love. While love has been around for a long time and much written about, the author presents an original work and new theory of personality. He postulates love as the fundamental determinant of personality and describes how a "person processes the presence and/or absence of love. With scholarship, his theory describes and defines "authentic" love, using eighteen principles to explain his theory that love is the fundamental reason for all behaviour, health and illnesses; and "subsumes" all personality theories and therapeutic modalities of counselling and treatment. Mullaney's concept of love extends and details the "relationship phase" traditionally identified as essential to success in all counselling and psycho-therapies. Thus, the unifying concept of love is the "starting point" and fundamental to all successful relationships, counselling, and therapies.

In our opinion, the author makes a new, singular and unique contribution by his theoretical perspective and definition of personality placing all psychotherapies under the unifying concept of love. Simple, yet complex and profound, such a claim calls for further discussion and development. The author's style and message seem to call for a "revolution" or perhaps a "renaissance" of the importance of the place of "authentic love" in our lives, in our relationships, and in helping one another in either professional or lay spaces.He points out there will never be enough counselors or professional helpers. Perhaps everyone who loves can contribute and be part of the "healing" process of those in need (everyone?). Professional helpers are to realize that the "bottom line" is authentic love, and whatever the relationship or modality of treatment, success occurs only if love is in the "drivers' seat." This could be the beginning of something "big." Surely another book is needed to further develop his theoretical proposition. The author is identified as a "Christian therapist," and his book is evidence of how serious he is about the "greatest commandment." Also, he frequently refers to God. However, we believe he is referring to "the God of our many understandings" (coined by Alcoholics Anonymous), and that this book would be of interest far beyond the Christian Community.

We highly recommend this book and look forward to further work by the author.

— Gina Browne, PhD, RN, 1991-present: Founder & Director, System-Linked Research Unit, McMaster University; 1986-present, Professor Nursing, McMaster U.; 1978-present, Professor Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster U.; 2007-present, Professor Ontario "Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research, McMaster U.

— J. Browne, MSW, PhD, Retired. 1969-1991 Associate Professor Psychiatry, McMaster University; 1974-1991, Director Social Work, Chedoke Hospital-McMaster Medical Centre; 1985-1991, Chair AIDS Public Education Program, Province of Ontario; 1991-1997, Coordinator AIDS Program, Province of Ontario, Canada.

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