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Posted April 20, 2010
Very Helpful Perspective
Doherty presents a useful perspective that analyzes how our consumerist society exerts pressures that pull people apart in a marriage. Marriage has changed over the decades, and our expectations today are very different than the expectations that couples brought to their marriages in our parents' generation. These days, we're likely to be much more demanding of the ways in which we want our marriages to "measure up," which is often a tall--and unrealistic--approach. Doherty encourages the use of rituals in marriage, to help a couple to maintain connection, even when divorce is no where in the picture. This book is helpful to not only those couples how might be struggling with the decision to divorce, but may have even more value to those couples who want to be protective of this most important of relationships. The title of the book may fail to attract those couples who want to protect their relationship, as well as the couples who are already in trouble.
I also like that this book is more about encouraging an attitude shift, rather than a "communication how-to handbook" that tries to force a couple into some kind of stilted, awkward, only-in-a-therapist's-office communication pattern.
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Posted November 28, 2011