The Case against Divorce

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Despite the pain, the emotional turmoil, the fights and the tears, marital problems can be solved -- without ending in a trauma that will haunt you and your family for years.

Written by a renowned clinical psychologist, this reassuring book reveals how your family, your friends, and even society at large can inadvertently encourage divorce -- and subtly deceive you into thinking that single is better. ...

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Overview

Despite the pain, the emotional turmoil, the fights and the tears, marital problems can be solved -- without ending in a trauma that will haunt you and your family for years.

Written by a renowned clinical psychologist, this reassuring book reveals how your family, your friends, and even society at large can inadvertently encourage divorce -- and subtly deceive you into thinking that single is better. Discover:
-- Step-by-step methods for recognizing your marital problems and working them out-together.
-- The very valid reasons to stay together that are usually given bum raps, including "We Should Stay Together for the Sake of the Children" and "I'm Staying in My Marriage Because I Can't Face Being Alone."
-- The most common reasons given for divorce -- and why they are, more often than not, excuses for not wanting to face the difficulties of marriage.
-- The destructive myths of divorce, including "The Fresh Start." "Meeting Lovers is Easy," and the "Greener Grass Syndrome."
-- The exceptional situations when divorce really is the only answer.
-- And much more.

Divorce may not be the answer to marital problems. Clinical psychologist Diane Medved offers step-by-step methods for recognizing marital troubles and how to work them out together, the truths behind the myths of divorce, and the most common reasons for divorce and what they truly mean. Fine.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A self-help manual for couples on the brink of divorce....[Diane Medved's] considered advice is: Just say no."

The Wall Street Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Psychologist Medved ( Children: To Have or Have Not? ) presents herself like a thoroughly prepared prosecutor clinching the case against divorce as a major public enemy, arguing that couples on the verge of ending their marriages do their utmost to avoid it: ``I discovered in my research that the process and aftermath of divorce is sic so pervasively disastrous to body, mind, and spirit--that in an overwhelming number of cases, the `cure' that it brings is surely worse than the marriage's `disease.' '' Quoting from 200 ``witnesses'' who testify to divorce's long-term hardships, Medved makes clear that ex-spouses and their children bear emotional scars, reduced financial/social status and other wounds. Though a feminist, she blames the women's movement in part for the alarming growth of broken homes and claims that mothers and children suffer more than men from marital break-ups. Her male interviewees seem to regret the failure of their marriages, lending further credence to Medved's stance against divorce. (May)
Library Journal
Clinical psychologist Medved here offers an indictment of divorce, taking the reasons most commonly given--such as adultery, need for independence, and lack of compatibility--and harshly criticizing couples for giving up too soon. She also attempts to demonstrate how dismal life is for the divorced individual in today's society. Though her book will certainly make couples hesitate before seeking a divorce, it lacks compassion and is almost frightening in its gloom-and-doom predictions. In addition, the statistics Medved uses appear skewed to support her argument without being remotely objective. Not a strong candidate.-- Kim Banks, Columbia Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804106337
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 722,270
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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