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Dr. Jan Hoistad, a professional psychologist with 30 years experience, has improved the lives of countless real-life couples. Through her innovative techniques?used in workshops and with her patients?she has helped them overcome conflicts and build a healthy relationship that meets both partners? needs.
Filled with exercises, personal ...
Dr. Jan Hoistad, a professional psychologist with 30 years experience, has improved the lives of countless real-life couples. Through her innovative techniques—used in workshops and with her patients—she has helped them overcome conflicts and build a healthy relationship that meets both partners’ needs.
Filled with exercises, personal anecdotes, and concrete tools to improve communication and understanding, this therapeutic guide shows couples how to stop fighting and realize their dreams together. Dr. Hoistad pinpoints couples’ individual relationship styles and explains how to focus on the positive aspects of their connection, identify common goals, and find enjoyable ways to stay committed.
Introduction: The Secret of Lasting Love: Your Big Picture Adventure ix
Part I Where Is Your Relationship Now? 1
Chapter 1 Discover Your Relationship Style 3
Chapter 2 The Benefits of Big Picture Partnering 18
Part II The 10 Steps to Your Best Relationship 31
Chapter 3 Step 1: Increase the Positive Between You 32
Chapter 4 Step 2: Talk Regularly and Take Turns Listening 45
Chapter 5 Step 3: Deepen Your Individuality to Strengthen Your Relationship 54
Chapter 6 Step 4: Discover the Depth of Your Commitment 75
Chapter 7 Step 5: Address Any Issue Together-Whether It's Yours, Mine, or Ours 97
Chapter 8 Step 6: Understand How You Manage Conflict 107
Chapter 9 Step 7: Put Your Issues on the Table so They Don't Come Between You 125
Chapter 10 Step 8: Turn Problems into Mutual Goals and Work Toward Them Together 140
Chapter 11 Step 9: Practice the Art of Heartfelt Listening 156
Chapter 12 Step 10: Resolve Conflict and Create New Options Together 169
Conclusion: Continue Your Big Picture Adventure 183
Chapter Notes 193