Loving, and Learning
gathered around an old black and white TV. Someone had a videotape of the
charismatic Leo Buscaglia talking about love. We were graduate students in
counseling at the University of Missouri. And it was the 1970s when love
was exploding after the Vietnam War ended. Leo touched many lives then and his ideas are still worth considering.
Buscaglia was born 31 March 1924 in Los Angeles, California. During WWII, he
served in the US Navy. He earned his PhD in 1963 and was a professor of Special
Education at the University of Southern California. He was widely known as Dr.
Love. Leo died 12 June 1998 from a heart attack. He was a popular motivational
speaker and his works were so popular that five books were on the New York
Times Bestseller List at the same time!
Loving & Learning by Leo F. Buscaglia is
an inspirational collection of his informative and entertaining lectures,
delivered between 1970 and 1981.
In this thought-provoking and highly readable book, Buscaglia shares timeless
wisdom about living a meaningful life filled with love and personal growth.
are the key points from Buscaglia’s lectures:
Embracing Vulnerability: Buscaglia encourages
readers to embrace vulnerability. He emphasizes that life is an ongoing process
of change, and adjusting to new obstacles is part of the joy of living. The
journey of becoming is continuous, and it’s a fantastic adventure.
The Power of Touch and
Connection: Buscaglia advocates a return to spontaneity in human
interactions. He believes in touching, holding, smiling, and caring for one
another. Hugs, he asserts, feel nice and are essential for human connection.
Trust and Belief: Buscaglia challenges
readers to trust and believe again. Despite the risks, he emphasizes that
everything in life involves some level of risk. Going beyond mere existence, we
must reconnect with our humanity and engage with life fully.
& Learning is a heartfelt exploration
of what it means to be human, how love shapes our experiences, and the
importance of genuine connections. Through insightful anecdotes, Buscaglia
inspires readers to overcome fears, cultivate meaningful relationships, and
embrace the wonder of love.
L. F. (1982). Living, loving, and learning. New York: Ballantine. AMAZON page
Sutton, G. W. (2024, February 2). Living, loving, and learning: A review. Interdisciplinary Book and Film Reviews. Retrieved from https://suttonreviews.suttong.com/2024/02/living-loving-and-learning-review.html
Geoffrey W. Sutton, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Psychology. He retired from a clinical practice and was credentialed in clinical neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. His website is www.suttong.com
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