Angry Marriage: Overcoming the Rage, Reclaiming the Love

Angry Marriage: Overcoming the Rage, Reclaiming the Love

by Bonnie Maslin
     
 

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A psychologist explores the potentially devastating impact of anger on relationships, discussing six different types of marital discord in which couples can become ensnared and how to understand and break damaging behavior patterns.See more details below

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A psychologist explores the potentially devastating impact of anger on relationships, discussing six different types of marital discord in which couples can become ensnared and how to understand and break damaging behavior patterns.

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Publishers Weekly
Couples trapped in ``angry'' marriages express their discord in a variety of ways, shows Maslin ( Loving Men for All the Right Reasons ). The author, a psychologist, here groups angry couples into six types: expressors, who are given to perpetual quarreling; provokers, pairs in which one spouse causes fights and the other plays ``the innocent''; suppressors, who bury upset beneath a facade of calm; enactors, who displace anger into such pursuits as overeating, workaholism or adultery; symbolizers, whose anger manifests symbolically as illness; and displacers, who direct their wrath at an outside target (a horrible boss, for example). For each category, Maslin includes a case history and psychological analysis of how the representative couple's marriage became ``toxic.'' She contends that not all angry marriages are hopeless. By identifying the suppressed needs underpinning their behavior, couples can use their insights to create an ``atmosphere for change'' and free themselves from unhealthy anger. This simple and practical guide should prove useful to troubled couples and marriage counselors alike. Author tour. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Maslin ( Not Quite Paradise: Making Marriage Work, LJ 12/86; Loving Men for All the Right Reasons , LJ 2/1/82) aims to help one assess one's marriage and find out how to ``fix'' it. To that end, she identifies six ``angry lovestyles,'' which characterize the behavior of venters, provokers, suppressors, enacters, symbolizers, and displacers. The key to breaking the deadlock of an angry union, she claims, lies in uncovering the unrequited unconscious needs of both partners. Maslin's proves a bit repetitious in the early chapters, and much of it is either self-evident or has been said before. Public libraries serving self-helpers may want to consider buying a copy, but ultimately this is not an essential purchase. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/93.-- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562828066
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
03/10/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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