How to recognize love and let go? It teaches us Maria Melucelliprofessor of Clinical Psychology and consultant to the Tavistock Institute of Human Relation of London, with his book ‘Sara and the Disease Called Love’. The protagonist, a 25 year old young womanretraces childhood traumas and the joys and sorrows that growing up in the majesty of Rome imposes. Halfway between recognizing and losing herself every day, the protagonist of this story – and its author – drag the reader on a emotional roller coaster that never finds real satisfaction if not in the thrill of the descent. A descent that, illuminated towards a solitude, proves to be the strongest path to reach autonomy and self-determination.

In her book, Dr. Melucci explains in a linear way how you can love at 25: between fragility, fears, strange emotions that for the first time find space in a ‘sick’ heart, the protagonist leaves no escape from certainties. After all, who has any at 25? And so, ‘Sara and the disease called love’ asks the reader to prepare for a series of journeys into the emotional paths of the soul, the deepest ones that leave you breathless in the face of unexpected twists and revelations. The book is read as one experiences feelings: all in one breath, without too many pauses or frills, in a coming and going of joys and sorrows.

And you learn that falling in love at 25, even though you are aware that suffering is around the corneris granted only to those who abandon fears at the right time, enjoying the present without reservations. Because “love is present” and nothing else. So even the heart can be blocked and fall into the “trap” of feelings, which are as scary to live as they are to enjoy and rejoice. “Great emotions either make you overflow or immobilize you. But loving others means being completely happy even without them.” The protagonist learns this at her own expense, but willingly. And transforms a diseasethat of not being able to stay alone, in a new need: that of being self-sufficient. In an instant, “to love” becomes “to love oneself” and, in “Sara and the Illness Called Love”, we also learn that choices always have consequences. Consequences that are worth taking the risk for.

By Editor

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