Sally B. Watkins, MSW (El Dorado Hills, CA), is a licensed psychotherapist and has maintained a private practice in California since 1989 treating individuals, couples, and families. She graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a master's of social work degree. She was also credentialed in the nationally recognized Academy of Certified Social Workers. Ms. Watkins' early career focused on teaching and various counseling positions in the social services sector. Her published work includes several articles and a series of columns for the local newspaper, the Folsom and El Dorado Hills Telegraph. Her personal website is www.healingwords.net.
Change Your Mindset, Not Your Man: Learn to Love What's Right Instead of Trying to Fix What's Wrongby Sally B. Watkins
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There comes a time in every woman’s life when she must acknowledge the obvious: She can’t change her man. Changing him may not be possible, but she can still change the relationship for the better. In this book, you will learn how to change the way you view you man and your relationship. This groundbreaking guide offers specific strategies to help you accept and even embrace your man as he is. For example, you will learn to:
- Explore how past relationships affect your current mindset
- Decide the best course of action for dealing with your partner
- Reposition your thoughts in a positive way
- Decipher why your man’s behaviors bother you so much
- Understand the reasons he hasn’t changed despite your best efforts
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This book is full of wonderful ideas to help a marriage become stronger, to help bond two people with two different backgrounds and ideas. Even if a couple is raised similarly, there is one factor to take into account. A woman is completely different than a man with different needs. Sally Watkins says, "Many women feel that the way to fix a problem is to confront their man, reveal their feelings, and ask for what they want to change." This simply doesn't work. We tend to believe in the "happily ever after" stories, believing there is a perfect man out there for us, and that life will be wonderful. Where did this idea come from? Fairytales, romantic novels, and romantic movies! Sally's first chapter is called: Fairytale Fantasy-Busted. I love what Sally said in her book. "The purpose of a relationship is not to make you happy-no one person can or should be expected to do that-but rather to help you evolve and grow in character and strength and support your being in the world." What a wonderful thought! This book will help women solve a wide range of problems. The secret is by changing your mindset, not your man. You "will experience a decrease in anger and disappointment" as you learn to understand yourself more fully. Reviewed by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the historical romance series "A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho."
I found this work to be very motivating and the work sessions very helpful for me to put things in perspective.