Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love

Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love

by Linda Carroll
Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love

Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love

by Linda Carroll


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An incisive “couple’s workshop in a book” for navigating the challenges of relationships and unlocking lasting love

Linda Carroll’s first book, Love Cycles, 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 creating and maintaining a loving relationship. Exercises, activities, self-assessments, and other concrete tools allow readers to understand where they are in their relationship. Carroll addresses such thorny issues as 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. Her 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608686230
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 02/14/2020
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 671,543
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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 nine grandchildren.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Where Am I—And 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

From the Publisher

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

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