The Two Truths about Love
The Art and Wisdom of Extraordinary Relationships
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Some relationships last, others fall apart, and still others seem to thrive and grow as the years go on. The Two Truths About Love is a guide to creating this third type of relationship—an extraordinary partnership wherein each partner feels fully accepted and loved as they are. Designed over the course of thousands of hours conducting face-to-face counseling sessions with clients, psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk Jason B. Fischer’s unique approach has already improved the lives of countless individuals and couples.
The two secrets to creating extraordinary relationships are simple: partners must 1. Give permission for the other person to be who they truly are while also 2. Taking responsibility for their own reactions, behaviors, assumptions, and expectations of their partner and the relationship. This book gives readers the tools to start giving permission and taking responsibility in their own relationships and offers strategies for letting go of dissatisfaction and habitual conflicts. In short, accessible chapters, readers learn how to put these seemingly simple rules into practice to regain balance and peace in their partnerships.
“Jason Fischer has an extra-ordinary thesis that to have an extra-ordinary relationship you have to know and apply the two truths about love, which are ‘give permission’ and ‘take responsibility.’ This is elegant and simple, and from my perspective and experience, true. I highly recommend The Two Truths About Love to everyone, therapists and couples.”
—Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want
“Simple yet not simplistic, the teachings in this book are wise and trustworthy riverbanks for the flow of intimate relationships.”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“To make something complicated is easy. To make it simple is much harder. And to be truly clear about what makes relationships extraordinary is elegant. This is what Jason Fischer and Sabrina Kindell have done in unfolding the two truths about relationships. In simple and accessible language, drawn from the lives of struggling couples, and supported by years of experience, both in the consulting room and on the meditation cushion, they have carefully offered the heart of the Buddha’s wisdom woven intimately with insights from contemporary psychotherapy. The truths may look simple, but they clearly point to the fact that our relationships are, in fact, profound and enduring spiritual practices.”
—Flint Sparks, PhD, psychologist and Zen priest, and resident teacher at Appamada, a center for Zen Practice and inquiry in Austin, TX
“The significance of relationships is present from the beginning of life, and continues to be a vital element in a lifetime of growth and development. This book makes a special contribution by defining the extraordinary relationship and pointing out some key elements in its development. I’m especially grateful to Jason Fischer and Sabrina Kindell for the clarity with which they lead us through the development of extraordinary relationships.”
—LaNelle Brigance Ford, PsyD, author of Overcoming Depression