Art of Staying Together: A Couple's Guide to Intimacy and Respect

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A psychotherapist presents a practical guide for promoting and maintaining long-lasting relationships in the 1990s, offering advice on topics including conducting outside affairs, evaluating a relationship, and the impact of children.
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A psychotherapist presents a practical guide for promoting and maintaining long-lasting relationships in the 1990s, offering advice on topics including conducting outside affairs, evaluating a relationship, and the impact of children.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Psychotherapist Broder, director of Philadelphia's Rational-Emotive Institute, here does for couples what he did for singles in The Art of Living Single. In his inimitable and provocative way, he urges individuals to consult their own needs, not to conform to externally imposed standards of what constitutes a ``proper'' relationship. First, Broder discusses the foundation of lasting love relationships: without passion, he says, a relationship is merely platonic; without comfort, it is destined to burn itself out. Next, he shows couples how to overcome initial obstacles, set ground rules and communicate better. Later sections tackle troubled relationships and such issues as jealousy, monogamy vs. ``synogamy'' (Broder's term for any relationship that is not monogamous), whether to become parents, and ending a relationship with dignity. The material is fresh, even controversial at times, as in the section on the potential benefits of outside affairs. Broder, fittingly, encourages readers to study only those sections that apply, and emphasizes that his goal is ``to help you to understand your choices--not to moralize.'' (June)
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Broder, author of The Art of Living Single (Avon, 1990), here offers couples advice on how to make relationships last. He divides love relationships into two main elements: passion and comfort. For a relationship to last, both elements need to be present. According to the author, passion and comfort can be nurtured through good communication skills. From that point, argues Broder, relationships are unique and shaped by the people involved. He explains how to fight fairly, how to handle nonverbal rules, and how to decide whether or not a relationship is worth saving. Included are case histories and a few questionnaires geared toward helping readers evaluate their own relationships. There is nothing really earthshaking here, but the advice is solid and well written. Recommended for large public libraries, especially where self-help books are popular.-- Lisa J. Cochenet, Rhinelander Dist. Lib., Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562828837
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272

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