Being and loving: How to achieve intimacy with another person and retain one's own identity

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1018. Reviews the book, Being and loving: How to achieve intimacy with another person and retain one's own identity by Althea Horner (1978). This is a sensible book about how the conflict may be resolved, and it ends on a sensible note. The author concludes: “The renunciation of the ideal of a perfect self is a prerequisite for authentic being, while a renunciation of the ideal of a perfect other is a prerequisite for authentic loving relationships in terms of being and loving, and the need for repeated conflict resolution, must also be accepted as inevitable and unavoidable.” In other words, there are no thornless roses in the garden of close human relationships. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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