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Making Marriage Simple: Ten Relationship-Saving Truths

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    I bought this book because I thought Getting the Love You Want w

    I bought this book because I thought Getting the Love You Want was great as it points to the underlying causes in relationship dysfunction (primarily our projections from emotional holes caused by our primary caretakers). Making Marriage Simple is informed by Getting the Love You Want and Imago therapy, but it also includes insights Harville and Helen have had since the writing of that book. Insights based on their work with hundreds, actually probably thousands, of couples and their own marriage--though it is mostly the latter. Unfortunately, this part doesn't work so well.

    While the idea of getting an intimate peek into the relationship and love life of two self-aware couple's therapists, is very interesting. This is not an intimate portrayal. The couple (the book is written in different voices of each of them) openly refers to some of their struggles and how they felt like hypocrites until they came through the other side, but it never gives us the real nitty gritty of the conflicts. I understand why such well known therapists wouldn't want to make themselves vulnerable by giving particulars and I'm not asking for such details to be a voyeur, but specifics do breathe life and empathy into a book. In Getting the Love you want, there were more references/stories of couples they'd treated (and identities disguised of course) with intimate details that made the book come alive.

    The other issue I have with the book is the drawings. I imagine they are supposed to be cute, but I just found them a bit infantilizing. Not a big complaint, but I'm not sure why they were included. It's almost as though they were unconsciously making of for the lack of illustrative written examples, with actual illustrations.

    All said, I don't want to give an overall negative impression of the Making Marriage Simple. I've gotten value from it. Helen and Harville are still wise folks, giving solid advice that will likely improve any marriage. For example, their advice to pay attention to the space between you is a good one. As is the reminder that conflict is growth trying to happen. They are definitely wise in the ways of a mature and loving marriage. If nothing else, it's great to have some of the reminders and refreshers from Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, 20th Anniversary Edition(which I read years ago and highly recommend). Also, if your marriage is really struggling, consider The Couple’s Survival Workbook. Note: Making Marriage Simple is a pretty fast read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    This book distills down the wisdom of the authors to the essenti

    This book distills down the wisdom of the authors to the essentials.  A must read for all couples!

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Great descriptions no answers

    The chapters describe the issues and differences but it does not give real ways to deal with them. If just knowing one person is a turtle and one a tornado is supposed to tell you how to live together, we don't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Highly recommend

    If you're in love and want to STAY in love, read this book! Changed my life and my views on love.

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