Linda Carroll’s first book, Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love , describes the five stages of intimate relationships in detail, illuminating the behaviors associated with each stage and strategies for successfully navigating them. This companion workbook, Love Skills , is a practical guide to help readers design their own tool kit for creating and maintaining a loving relationship. Exercises, activities, self-assessments, and other concrete tools allow readers to understand where they are in their relationship. Thorny issues are addressed, including the loss of sexual energy, why what once seemed endearing is now annoying, and the many ways that family history and personality type can wreak havoc in relationships. Carroll’s well-researched practices help keep love alive in the midst of seemingly intractable differences, and specific, effective solutions to couples’ most common struggles provide a clear map for moving forward. Most important, Carroll’s couple-tested techniques allow readers to deal with conflict without losing connection, and show that conflict, when navigated properly, can lead to renewed closeness and unprecedented connection.
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About the Author
Linda Carroll, MS, is a writer, therapist, seminar leader, keynote speaker, and private coach to couples, individuals, and families. Carroll lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband of thirty-five years and their Jack Russell terrier. She has five children and ten grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Where Am IAnd Where Do I Want To Be?
Chapter 2: The Love Cycles
Chapter 3: The Love Cycles Quiz: What Stage are You In?
Chapter 4: Now What? Navigating Your Stage
Chapter 5:How Did I Get Here?
Chapter 6: Stories from Your Past
Chapter 7: Who Am I Now? The Enneagram
Chapter 8: Discoveries and Disclosure
Chapter 9: The Power of the Pause
Chapter 10: Listening and the “And”
Chapter 11: Managing Defensiveness and Speaking Smartly
Chapter 12: The Five Top Habits of Emotional Intelligence
Chapter 13: Establishing Connection Before Conflict
Chapter 14: A Few Things about Sex I Know for Sure
Chapter 15: Conflict! Everyday Squabbles, Big Troubles, and Intractable Differences
Chapter 16: Wholehearted Love
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Linda Carroll’s Love Cycles: “This beautifully written book is replete with valuable information. . . . We recommend it to all couples.” Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, authors of Making Marriage Simple “An incredible book . . . It should be required reading for everyone who plans to fall in love and wants to stay in love!” Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret“
Sure to inspire and enlighten anyone who seeks to enhance the quality of their relationships. . . abundant with great guidelines geared to the challenge of creating enduring love.” Linda Bloom, coauthor of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married “[A] dynamic guide to developing healthy relationships. . . Carroll’s interpretation is highly relatable: it is at once a relationship book as well as a sort of self-help. Readers looking to experience a rewarding relationship will also come away with a better sense of self.” Publishers Weekly “You cannot help but be awed at the clarity and power of Linda Carroll’s observations on beginning, maintaining, and repairing profound relationships. We all need this book, to read once for perspective, and then to keep reading for guidance.” Pepper Schwartz, PhD, author of nineteen books on sex and relationships