Relationship Paradox: The Spiritual Quest for Union and Freedom


Kendell Thornton
Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, US

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: SEL016000

This book is an exploration into the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, and how the spiritual quest for union is tempered by the human desire for freedom. Since being in an intimate relationship is not the cause of happiness, a major focus of this book is to help the readers understand the need to take responsibility for their own happiness. Only when people learn to understand their own happiness, regardless of being in a relationship, will they be able to cultivate a successful relationship because they want a relationship, and not because they think they need a relationship to be happy. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – We Often Want What We Don‟t Have (pp. 1-14)

Chapter 2 – What We Want Is Often Not What We Need (pp. 15-28)

Chapter 3 – We Must Be Able To Be Happy Alone, Before We Can Be Happy In A Relationship (pp. 29-38)

Chapter 4 – We Must Be Selfish To Be Self-Less (pp. 39-52)

Chapter 5 – We Must Offer Trust Before It Has Been Earned, Because Trust Can‟t Be Earned (pp. 53-60)

Chapter 6 – The More We Want Equity In The Relationship, The Less Equitable It Will Be (pp. 61-76)

Chapter 7 – We Will Hurt The One We Love, And The One We Love Will Hurt Us (pp. 77-86)

Chapter 8 – We Must Be Able To Be In Relationship And Maintain Our Freedom (pp. 87-98)

Chapter 9 – Life Is What Happens When We Are Busy Making Relationship Plans (pp. 99-114)


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