The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts

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What's Your Marriage?
• The Romantic Marriage: exciting, sensual memories of your first meeting radiate a glow over years.
• The Rescue Marriage: the healing that follows early emotional trauma becomes the central theme.
• The Companionate Marriage: commitment to careers seeks a balance with commitment to relationship and children.
• The Traditional Marriage: the woman takes ...

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Overview

What's Your Marriage?
• The Romantic Marriage: exciting, sensual memories of your first meeting radiate a glow over years.
• The Rescue Marriage: the healing that follows early emotional trauma becomes the central theme.
• The Companionate Marriage: commitment to careers seeks a balance with commitment to relationship and children.
• The Traditional Marriage: the woman takes charge of home and family while the man is the primary wage earner. Hundreds of books have been written about marriages that don't work. But what about the ones that do? Now Judith S. Wallerstein, bestselling author and leading relationships expert, reveals the natural stages of marriage and the nine tasks you must undertake to make a good marriage. As she introduces us to a number of ordinary yet fascinating couples, the intimate interiors of their lives, and the countless pressures they face in an age of divorce, you'll see how happy, lasting marriages are challenged and rebuilt every day-and how, whatever your marriage type, you and your partner can share a joyful, exhilarating, and fulfilling lifetime together.

Based on intensive interviews with 50 couples who consider themselves happily married, this groundbreaking book by the authors of Second Chances offers an entirely fresh vision of this most complex of human relationships, explaining the psychological steps which couples must take to commit to a good marriage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on interviews with 50 happily married couples, this book examines the factors that allow relationships to succeed. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Although Wallerstein is best known for her work on divorce, she and Blakeslee (coauthors of Second Chances, LJ 2/1/89) have put together a very appealing book based on interviews with 50 couples who are still together, and still happy, after years of marriage. Most of the book is concerned with defining the four types of marriages (romantic, rescue, companionate, and traditional) that Wallerstein discovered through her interviews. Descriptions of four couples who idealize these types are given in minute detail. The rest of the book outlines nine developmental tasks-derived from Wallerstein's practice as well as the interviews-that couples need to accomplish if their marriage is to be a happy one. Despite some oddities, such as the amount of extraneous detail given when discussing the interviewees' homes, and the fact that this was based on a small and skewed sample group-all participants were middle or upper-middle class and all but one couple were Caucasian-this book will appeal to public library users who want a clearly written and clearly thought out analysis of this universally interesting topic. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/95.]-Pamela A. Matthews, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446672481
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    Review from newly married....

    This book was recommended to me when I announced that I was engaged and I would recommend it to others who are considering marriage. The nine developmental tasks outlined in the book were a good outline to understanding what you are really getting into when you say I do. I liked that none of the happy couples said that it was easy being married or that they did not have struggles to get to where they were. Plenty of examples were given about their struggles and how they overcame them together. The book clearly points out that marriage is not easy, it¿s hard work with a lot of self-sacrifices. For those of us out there that are not interested in the size of the sample group, who just want to know how to make their marriages work, the book gives plenty to think about before the big I DO.

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