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This is the guide to being happy with your partner. Whether you want to work through tiresome niggles, iron out potential issues before taking the next step, or simply fortify your partnership against the daily ups and downs, this relationship manual provides all the expert advice and support you need. Packed with key information on managing change, successful cohabitation, overcoming jealousy, and igniting passion, and including worksheets designed to get you and your partner thinking and working together, this is your passport to a loving, communicative relationship that's set to last.
About the Author
Paula Hall is a registered sexual and relationship psychotherapist with UKCP. She is a Relate-trained couple's counsellor and psychosexual therapist, currently working in private practice. Paula is also a member of the Relate media team and regularly comments on relationship issues in the national news, on the radio and in various publications.
Table of Contents
Part I: Preparing for Relationship Change 7
Chapter 1: Understanding the Economics of Love 9
Chapter 2: Doing a Relationship Inventory 23
Chapter 3: Developing the Ground Rules for a Successful Relationship 43
Part II: Boosting Your Relationship 63
Chapter 4: Prioritising Your Relationship 65
Chapter 5: Doing Oodles of Romantic Stuff 83
Chapter 6: Understanding the Essentials of Sex 99
Chapter 7: Turning Up the Sexual Thermostat 125
Part III: Improving Communication and Resolving Conflict 141
Chapter 8: Establishing the Rules of Effective Communication 143
Chapter 9: Settling Disagreements 161
Chapter 10: Breaking the Argument Cycle177
Part IV: Working Through Relationship Issues 191
Chapter 11: Overcoming Day-to-Day Grumbles 193
Chapter 12: Handling the Bigger Diffi culties 215
Chapter 13: Managing Major Life Changes 237
Chapter 14: Surviving an Affair 263
Chapter 15: Recognising That It's Over 289
Part V: The Part of Tens 305
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Ignite Passion 307
Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Talking Together 313
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Avoid a Row 319
Chapter 19: Ten Great Expectations for Couples 325
Appendix: Relationship Resources 331