When the Past Is Present

  • by David Richo PhD
  • Narrated by Tom Pile
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this audiobook, psychotherapist David Richo explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships - and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern. We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives, whether they are our intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances. When the Past Is Present helps us to become more aware of the ways we slip into the past so that we can identify our emotional baggage and take steps to unpack it and put it where it belongs. Drawing on decades of experience as a psychotherapist, Richo helps listeners to:

Understand how the wounds of childhood become exposed in adult relationships - and why this is a gift
Identify and heal the emotional wounds we carry over from the past so that they won't sabotage present-day relationships
Recognize how strong attractions and aversions to people in the present can be signals of own own unfinished business
Use mindfulness to stay in the present moment and cultivate authentic intimacy


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Customer Reviews

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I found this audible book to be a struggle. I do believe in transference and the role it plays in our lives, some more than others. However, the book jumps all over with a bunch of random Emily Dickinson quotes and out-of-place words and phrases thrown in. I also feel the connections of transference are greatly exaggerated and, in some cases, just plain weird. The narration felt like a pushed whisper the whole time and made the content worse. I do hope others enjoy the book and narration, and find it useful... but for me, I was quite disappointed.
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- Oldschoolreasons


don't wait until you start experiencing issues in your relationships. this book should be for ALL COUPLES. it will open doors you didn't know was there. listen carefully
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- Hilaire Aben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios