turn the end of a relationship into the beginning of a new life - and love... the fear of abandonment is one of our most primal fears, and deservedly so. Its pain is often overwhelming, and can leave its mark on the rest of your life. In the midst of the hurt, it's hard to see an end to your feelings of rejection, shame, and betrayal. In the groundbreaking book, Susan Anderson, a therapist who has specialised in helping people with loss, heartbreak, and abandonment for more than twenty-five years, helps you put that pain in perspective. It is designed to help all victims of emotional breakups - whether you are suffering from a recent loss, or a lingering wound from the past; whether you are caught up in patterns that sabotage your own relationships, or you're in a relationship in which you no longer feel loved. From the first stunning blow to starting over, it provides a complete program for abandonment recovery. Going beyond comforting words to promote real change, this healing process will help you work through the five universal stages of abandonment - shattering, withdrawal, internalising, rage, lifting - by understanding their biochemical and behavioural origins and implications. Hands-on exercises for improving your life will teach you how to manage the inevitable pain, then go on to build a whole new concept of self, incrase your capacity for love, and find new love on a deeper and richer level than ever before.