Fine Romance: The Passage of Courtship from Meeting to Marriage

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Where is this thing called love? And how do you get there from here? For many it's an elusive goal that's over even before it has a chance to start -- but it doesn't have to be. In A FINE ROMANCE, nationally recognized psychologist Dr. Judith Sills shows how the whole agonizing and exhilarating process of love actually develops between two people -- and how the rules of successful courtship can be learned and mastered.
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Overview

Where is this thing called love? And how do you get there from here? For many it's an elusive goal that's over even before it has a chance to start -- but it doesn't have to be. In A FINE ROMANCE, nationally recognized psychologist Dr. Judith Sills shows how the whole agonizing and exhilarating process of love actually develops between two people -- and how the rules of successful courtship can be learned and mastered.
Dr. Sills covers all the skills you need to develop the right relationship in the areas of intimacy, compromise, and commitment. She also takes you step-by-step through the five stages of a relationship:
* SELECTION -- when you actively or passively choose a partner.
* SEDUCTION -- the dating days when you and your partner decide if the relationship is romantic, platonic, or dead.
* SWITCH -- that uncomfortable period when the pursuer backs off just as the partner responds.
* NEGOTIATION -- when you both acknowledge your differences and try to find a decent way to fight about them.
* COMMITMENT -- the negotiation to marriage.
There is no one right person. There is only your ability to give and receive love. This book will help lovers learn how to do just that.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345385710
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 299,106
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    The Best Book on Relationship That I Have Ever Read

    I read this book when it was first published about 15 years ago. I have re-read it numerous times in between when hitting trouble spots in new relationships. I have given it to well over a dozen friends when they are encountering difficulties in a relationship. <BR/><BR/>It is about the process that any new relationship goes through, really no matter who you are dating. It is immensely helpful in understanding the stages that relationships go through and the anxiety that surfaces in interpersonal relationships. <BR/><BR/>I gave it to my boyfriend when he got very anxious. There was nothing wrong with the relationship, i.e. our interaction and time together. The book made it clear that anxiety is a personal issue and normal in a relationship. It doesn't mean something is wrong with the relationship. <BR/><BR/>I could not more highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Self-help for people who hate self help.

    I am not a self-help reader. But someone recommended this book to me and I find myself referencing it to all my single and coupled friends. If you've ever wondered why you never seem to have relationships at all, or why your relationships end after a few months (or weeks), or why you always end up with the wrong people, this is the book that explains it all. A relationship is as much about you as it is about another person, according to the book. It makes sense. This book helps you pinpoint the problems that stop you from finding someone, while remaining optimistic and, most importantly, realistic. And so much less painful than therapy.

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