Entrancing Relationships: Exploring the Hypnotic Framework of Addictive Relationships

Entrancing Relationships: Exploring the Hypnotic Framework of Addictive Relationships

Entrancing Relationships: Exploring the Hypnotic Framework of Addictive Relationships

Entrancing Relationships: Exploring the Hypnotic Framework of Addictive Relationships

Synopsis

The central focus of this work is that partners entrance one another into enmeshed bonding through the euphoric idealization of "perfect love." This idealization is found to serve as a hypnotic allure which, by its sheer luster, blinds partners to its perilous powers of manifest magnetism. The stages of hypnotic entrancement are delineated, starting with fantasy fixation of perfect love and its eventual demise.

Excerpt

There are many forces in the universe: gravity, electromagnetic, and nuclear just to name a few. Yet, in the course of human (and maybe not so human) events, there is none stronger or more powerful than the passion one lover feels for another. When grown men and women of wealth and power enter into chaotic encounters and risk everything for the love of another, we need to ask poignantly, "What's really going on here?" "What's the driving force?"

Dysfunctional relationships are at the core of practically every mental health issue, life stress, and job impairment in this country. Sixty-five percent of all new marriages end in divorce and one-third of all babies are born out of wedlock (Martin and Bumpass, 1989). Bars are filling (as are churches) with new singles everyday. For the first time in modern history, single people outnumber married people (60 percent of the adult population is single). The paradox is that there are more marriages and divorces than ever before in modern times. Successfully married people are in the minority.

U.S. Senator William Proxmire once said that love should not be researched, as it was the one quality that should be held sacred from analysis. Yet myths and illusions of love create untold misery. We need to realize that loving involves more than hormones. It involves more than romantic illusions, fantasies, and erotic escapism from everyday reality.

Loving involves the healthy totality and alignment of spirit-mindbody, psychobiological synergy. The mind, the soul, the emotions, the senses, and body chemistry all are systems which need to be aligned and . . .

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