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Love Song Psychoanalysis

(Tania Luna, Psychology Today) In this spirit of Valentine's Day, I've been humming love songs. One blended into the next without leaving much of a mark, but then came Bette Midler and "The Rose" (written by Amanda McBroom)…
"It's the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It's the dream, afraid of waking
That never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying
That never learns to live."
This is essentially a song about vulnerability—about the perpetual willingness to step into the unknown and accept the surprises that dwell there…
When we protect ourselves from the worst surprises, we also protect ourselves from the best surprises.
Community: “The Rose” is one of my favorite songs of all time. I once had the privilege of hearing Amanda McBroom sing it live.
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