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Expert couples therapist Reibstein presents the best-kept secrets of successful relationships as told by the men and women who have made theirs work.
We've all seen the statistics: divorce is on the rise. But behind the familiar stories of fractured partnerships are other more hopeful kinds of stories: those of the couples who stay together. How such couples achieve their happiness has remained their secretuntil now.
Janet Reibstein, an internationally known psychologist with an emphasis on couples, has talked in depth to more than 200 couples whose partnerships are happy and enduring. Here she flings open the curtains covering private relationships: both partners, in couples married and unmarried, gay and straight, talk candidly and profoundly about their lives together. They tell hidden tales of success: what's worked, what hasn't; what problems crop up, how they've overcome them; the importance or not of commitment, monogamy, sex, romance, pleasure, perspective, autonomy and independence, and of children (both joint and from previous relationships), friends, relatives, ex-partners, and in-laws. Through the nitty-gritty of real life emerge simple rules for how to conduct relationships to maximize our potential for happiness.
Reibstein's subjects tell their secrets, large and small, in their own words; the author filters these stories through the eyes of a relationship expert. Drawing on years of real-life experience and a therapists's wisdom, this book convinces that life-long love is a real, achievable possibility.
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About the Author
Janet Reibstein is a psychologist with a research and clinical specialty in couples. She is the author of Sexual Arrangements, The Family through Divorce, Love Life, and Staying Alive. She was born, raised, and educated in the United States, and has been a longtime resident of the United Kingdom.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: What Is This Thing Called Love?||1|
|1||Happiness Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Creating Private Love Stories Sue and Bob Fox||19|
|2||The Time Line of Love: Remembering Positives, Past, Present, and Future Debbie and Jimmy Gold||47|
|3||Love and Partnership: Who Does What and Why Sarah Stoddard and Stu Miller Marianne and Michael Jones||73|
|4||The Emotional Life of Love: Sustaining Intimacy Martin Curtis and Dennis Gordon||95|
|5||Can There Be Romance? Enjoying Love and the Art of Appreciation Louise and Danny Bernstein||127|
|6||Inside and Outside the Bedroom: Having Sex and the Question of Fidelity Iona Biddle and Jamie Harris William and Diana Patton||153|
|7||The Hard Work: Living with Differences, Managing Conflict, Trauma, and Distress Richard and Tina Moore Nancy Aaronovitch and Annie Hart||213|
|8||The Delicate Balance: Sharing Lives Without Losing Selves Pam and Carl Johnson Alice and Christopher John||265|
|Epilogue: The Noble Risk-The Widow's Story Mary Watkins||305|