In this hour we will discuss the dynamic of dysfunctional relationships and why some people have successful and mutually satisfying romantic relationships while many others do not. We will explore the reasons why people repeat their hurtful relationship patterns over and over again, looking at the attraction of polar opposite personality types and how their unhealthy “dance” keeps them stuck. Our guest, Ross Rosenberg, author of “The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us,” will explain how people who are co-dependent and those who are emotional manipulators are drawn towards one another and why they become trapped in a perpetual magnetic attraction. After the initial high, we will describe how these relationships become conflicted, chaotic and unfulfilling. We will explore why these relationships are so difficult to end but also offer suggestions regarding how we can extricate ourselves from these unhappy relationships and move in the direction of healthy, and mutually gratifying intimacy.
Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed, LCPC, CADS
Ross Rosenberg is a business owner, professional trainer, certified addiction specialist, and psychotherapist. He is the author of The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us. He owns Clinical Care Consultants, a full-service counseling center based in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. He is a licensed psychotherapist and certified alcohol and drug counselor. Rosenberg provides expert consultation and treatment services for codependency, sex, love and Internet addictions. He is also a national seminar speaker and consultant on issues such as addiction, codependency, narcissism and borderline personality disorders. Rosenberg’s psychotherapy services enable his clients to achieve balance, inner peace and feelings of personal efficacy. He says, “Within a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship lies the power to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles.”