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The Truth: An Eye-Opening Odyssey Through Love Addiction, Sex Addiction, and Extraordinary Relationships Paperback – May 1 2018
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“One of the 33 books everyone should reading before turning 30.” — The Independent
"I am not the hero in this story . . . I am the villain.”
In this highly acclaimed and revelatory classic, New York Times and Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss embarks on a deeply personal quest to discover why the rate of infidelity, divorce, and marital unhappiness is so high – and what we can do about it. In this quest to heal his intimacy issues, he explores love addiction and love avoidance; sex addiction and sex anorexia; enmeshment and abandonment; and, most importantly, why so many people attract the partners most likely to wound them. What he discovers about himself—and what you will discover about yourself and your partners from reading this—will change the way you date, love, and commit.
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“One of the 33 books you need to read before the age of 30.” — The Independent
“One of the 9 books that defined 2015.” — Tech Insider
“A brutally honest and emotionally exhaustive account of his search for sexual freedom. . . . Yes, there are orgies and swinger parties, but there are also far more intense discussions about the meaning of intimacy and the underlying causes of sexual behavior.” — Booklist
“[Strauss] charms us with confessions of his screwed-up childhood and the many idiotic beliefs and mistakes that have plagued him, then upsells us on the notion that we can be masters of the universe-and he can teach us how. Color me seduced.” — Laura Miller, Slate
“The guy who wrote The Game and lived The Game searches for love and learns that it’s way, way harder. And funnier.” — Joel Stein, Time magazine
“The Truth is fantastic...In the course of exorcising his pickup artist demons, Strauss learns and exposes the barriers to intimacy that so many of us are carrying around. If you’ve struggled with monogamy, or loved someone who has, this book is revelatory.” — Chicago Tribune
“The epiphanies revealed are simultaneously incredibly obvious and richly profound... I want you to read this book. I want your partners to read this book. More than that, I want you to think critically about what it says about you and the world around you and your romantic relationships.” — Grantland
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In this highly acclaimed classic, New York Times and Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss embarks on a deeply personal quest to understand how to make relationships work. And to discover why infidelity, divorce, and marital unhappiness rates are so high—and what we can do about it. He explores love addiction and love avoidance; sex addiction and sex anorexia; enmeshment and abandonment; and, most important, why so many people attract the partners most likely to wound them. What he discovers about himself—and what you will discover about yourself and your partners from reading this—will change the way you date, love, and commit. It will also change your most central relationship: the one you have with yourself. “The sins of the parents are the destinies of their children,” he writes. “Unless the children wake up and do something about it.”
- Publisher : Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (May 1 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062848305
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062848307
- Item weight : 499 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.84 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #240,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #500 in Psychology & Counselling Books on Human Sexuality
- #702 in Sex Instruction (Books)
- #1,923 in Love & Romance (Books)
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There are moments in the book where I can identify with the characters' emotions in the many different situations they experience.
It took me a week to complete, but that's saying a lot because it's the first book in a long time that I've read from start to finish.
Part of the reason I purchased this book was because when "The Game" first came out I had noticed it in a book store but did not buy it, and afterwards had "non-buyer's remorse" for not "getting in early" on the concepts of the scene I gradually grew enthusiastic about.
There are a few themes mentioned that I had also independently found helpful to healing myself, and the process often accelerates when one consciously enters into relationships with others.
Strauss scarcely speaks of group dynamics until after the credits roll, and I had found that communal living (having experienced it myself firsthand) is an essential part of our natural psyche as human beings...in many ways it is the missing piece of the puzzle, one which is hard for the vast majority of us to grab ahold of, and if we do, nearly impossible to make endure. Societies, schools, nations, neighbourhoods, workplaces and drinking house parties do not do our inner tribe justice.
Too honest for some maybe but a serious look at honesty and the important role it plays in relationships. Not just honesty with your partner but being honey with yourself.
Often unwittingly narcissistic this book shines a light on the dark place most men fear to admit,to themselves let alone women, exist.
Fun, done with great humour, and self deprecation this book is a hard to put down enjoyable ride through some of life's more uncomfortable issues.
The conclusion of the book is great, it defines what love is from Neil's perspective. My conclusion is "Be careful what you wish for."
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Neil has a way of making keeping the reader engrossed and a poignant way of imparting wisdom which so many self-help authors should envy. His demeanour always leaves me feeling as though he would be the kind of person I would be friends with, and whilst this may not be the case in reality, for getting a point across and making it stick - it works!
I think I'll read this again and again.
Neil Strauss exposes in THE TRUTH his traumas, fears and vulnerabilities to the world. That is the kindest and bravest gesture of all and I thank him for that.
That is why I highly recommend this book and hope it is as inspirational and motivational as it was to me when I read it.
A true weak up call.
Yes, as my friend said, it might be pretty uncomfortable read as truth itself is most of time hard to look at.
But book is beautifully written adventure. As the main character goes through his personal odyssey towards learning more then he ever though about true meaning of relationships.