The Power of Two: Secrets of a Strong and Loving Marriage

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Power of Two details the communication and conflict-resolution skills that happy couples use to deal with differences. Psychologist Susan Heitler clarifies the basics of collaborative dialogue and shows how these techniques can be applied to even the most sensitive issues in ways that respond to both partners' needs and help to strengthen their relationship. Readers learn strategies for making decisions together, resolving conflicts, recovering after upsets, and converting difficulties into opportunities for ...

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Overview

Power of Two details the communication and conflict-resolution skills that happy couples use to deal with differences. Psychologist Susan Heitler clarifies the basics of collaborative dialogue and shows how these techniques can be applied to even the most sensitive issues in ways that respond to both partners' needs and help to strengthen their relationship. Readers learn strategies for making decisions together, resolving conflicts, recovering after upsets, and converting difficulties into opportunities for growth. About the Authors Susan Heitler had practiced for eighteen years as a clinical psychologist in Denver. Her widely respected publications- for families, David Decides About Thumbsucking, and for therapy professionals, the book From Conflict To Resolution, the audiotape Working With Couples in Conflict, and the video The Angry Couple- have all become classics in their fields. Dr. Heitler graduated from Harvard, earned her doctorate from NYU, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Professional Psychology.

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“Dr. Heitler teaches the skills that make marriages successful. With easy-to-remembre guidelines and entertaining examples, she shows us how to deepen intimacy, resolve conflicts, and create satisfying dialogue to insure a joyful and lasting marriage.”
—John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus

“Put an end to the clashes that typify unhappy marriages. In a lucid, user-friendly format, Susan Heitler provides many practical and effective strategies for doing so.”
—Arnold A. Lasarrus, Ph.D., Rutgers University

“Dr. Heitler has synthesized the meat of martial therapy into one succinct volume. Reading—and sharing— The Power of Two should be the first line of defense for any couple seeking to strengthen their marriage.”
—Diane Medved, Ph.D., author of The Case Against Divorce and coauthor of The American Family: Discovering Values That Make Us Strong

The Power of Two is outstanding for couples seeking to understand themselves and each other better. If enough couples follow these guidelines, we would rapidly move to a new world order where marriage is transformed into a true partnership.”
—Monica McGoldrick, Director, Family Institute of New Jersey, and author of Ethnicity and Family Therapy and Genograms in Family Assessment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572240599
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 344,882
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Heitler, PhD, has practiced for eighteen years as a clinical psychologist in Denver. Her widely respected publications David Decides About Thumbsucking, From Conflict To Resolution, Working With Couples in Conflict (audio), and The Angry Couple have all become classics in their fields. Heitler is a graduate of Harvard University. She earned her doctorate from New York University, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Professional Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Basics of Collaborative Dialogue 5
1 Secrets to Talking 11
2 Secrets to Listening 45
3 Secrets to Dialogue 75
Pt. II Dealing with Differences 101
4 Fix-It Talk 103
5 Anger as a Stop Sign 123
6 Receiving Anger Without Fighting 153
7 After Upsets, Cleanup Procedures 167
8 Shared Decision Making 185
9 Conflict Resolution 207
10 Out-of-Bounds and Fouls 229
Pt. III Making a Good Relationship Great 249
11 Supporting Each Other 251
12 Emotional and Sexual Intimacy 265
13 Making Your House a Loving Home 277
Bibliography 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Appreciation

    I appreciate this book and workbook so much--beautifully written and so down-to-earth. The author has made a real contribution. She may never know how many relationships and lives she's touched. Ellen from CA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    Thank you Dr. Heitler

    Dear Dr. Heitler: I live in New York. The purpose of this letter is to say thank you for all of your help during a difficult time in my life. I have spent the last two years trying to figure out what I am looking for and how to have a healthy relationship. I went through a long healing process and think I am ready to get back into dating. I am going to re-read your book because it is the best book I have read in how to have a successful relationship. Thank you again for all of your help. Regards, Bruce

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