This book heals, inspires us, gives hope, strengthens our faith and supports us. It teaches us and leads, but also gives shelter.
Readers call this book their “bible”, underline and read several times; professionals – such as psychiatrists, psychotherapists and life coaches are willing to recommend it to their clients.
The Study on Love – “From Pain to Love – How I Overcome Suffering by Learning to Love Myself”, the bestselling book in popular psychology in Serbia, was awarded Hit Liber recognition in 2011.
„Starting from touching personal experiences, emotional downs and seemenigly hopeless situations, Ivana Kuzmanović, leads us through transformation processes in a warm and intimate manner, all the way to healing and achieving the ultimate well-being , i.e. the state of Love. ‘It is Love we strive for and know it must exist, though sometimes seems unreal and unattainable. It is Love that is the source of serenity, joy, happiness, harmony and creation. It is Love that gives purpose and lasts forever’.
The most important step on the Path of Love that will take us to complete love is to learn how to love ourselves. Though it might at first glance seem to us that there is nothing simpler than that, we need courage, knowledge and skills to achieve self-love.“
Bojana Glušac, a Paediatrician, Psychodrama therapist and trainer.
Extensive knowledge and experience shown through personal examples, excersices and theoretical explanations of psychological phenomena have made this book inspiring and healing. For some people it represents an initial spark for a change, and for the others strenghtening their faith and support, and for those who are already on the way – additional energy and the feeling of belonging.
The Study on Love „From Pain to Love – How I Overcome Suffering by Learning to Love Myself “ is divided into several thematic sections:
- The Path of Love – describing the difference between love with the lower case „l“ and the capital „L“, i.e. the difference between conscious and unconscious love;
- Misconceptions about love – what we all think that love is, and it actually isn’t; and exactly these beliefs force us to look for and see it where there is none – an obstacle on the Path of Love – describing various manifestations of fears and ways how to overcome them, which leads to increased self-awareness and the development of self-love.
- Fear – Obstacle on the Path of Love. Fear exits in all of us and that is an natural phenomena – neither good nor bad in itself. But, from the way we deal with it depends the quality of our life as well our relationships.
Let us put some light in a darkness of our fear.
- And finally, we meet the Helpers on the Path of Love: faith, gratitude, discipline, presence, acceptance, forgiveness , etc.
The focus is at the point where roads take us to three directions: psychotherapy, spirituality and experience. This is also their crossing and connecting point to the whole which there is no fulfilled life without. The Emotional Energo-Therapy and Transformation is precisely created on this basis, it is a coaching technique combining pychotherapeutic knowledge, coaching skills and experience in working with energies.
The ease of writing and spontaneous humour make this, partly a romantic study on love, smooth, vital and available. This way not only do we get suggestions of possible solutions but also indirectly learn what the basis of a good relationship and every change is!
Loving ourselves removes the barriers that separate us from Love.