More Than Words: The Science of Deepening Love and Connection in Any Relationship

More Than Words: The Science of Deepening Love and Connection in Any Relationship

More Than Words: The Science of Deepening Love and Connection in Any Relationship

More Than Words: The Science of Deepening Love and Connection in Any Relationship


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Increase intimacy, connection, and love with this “critical” (Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People), science-based guide to creating meaningful and lasting relationships.

When it comes to building a better relationship with your partner, touch and connection matter so much more than the words that you say. And author and therapist John Howard is here to tell us why.

More Than Words shows you how to deepen love and connection in any relationship based on the latest cutting-edge research in interpersonal neurobiology, trauma-informed healing, attachment theory, and many more scientific fields. This “brilliant guide” (Diane Poole-Heller, PhD, author of The Power of Attachment) explains why verbal communication may not elicit the connection you seek and offers ways to practice and form new habits that can nurture love, care, safety, comfort, and passion in relationships.

Science shows that these techniques work, but most people don’t know them yet. You can start using these techniques today to increase intimacy and emotional connection in your closest relationships.

Mindful of all the needs of the modern individual, More Than Words is inclusive of LGBTQ+, polyamorous, and other nontraditional committed relationships and ultimately looks to elevate the way we strengthen the most important bonds in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982182342
Publisher: S&S/Simon Element
Publication date: 02/07/2023
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 658,980
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Howard is an internationally recognized therapist, wellness expert, and educator who uses the latest science to help couples have stronger relationships. He is the host of The John Howard Show, a wellness podcast, and the creator of the Ready Set Love® series of online programs for couples. John is a Cuban American whose first language is Spanish and thus prioritizes diversity and inclusion, drawing on multicultural influences from years of traveling and studying indigenous traditions. He has presented on the neuroscience of couples therapy at leading conferences and developed a couples and family therapy curriculum for the Dell Medical School in Austin. In 2019, he developed Presence Therapy®, an integrative mind-body approach to couples therapy taught to psychotherapists worldwide. John is also the CEO of PRESENCE, a wellness center in Austin dedicated to helping you achieve optimal physical, mental, and relationship health.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 Connection versus Communication 1

2 The Language of the Nervous System 21

3 Being Present Enough to Connect 37

4 Working Together as a Team 60

5 Developing a Practice Culture 84

6 Process over Content 106

7 Inviting Care 123

8 The World of Emotions 138

9 Words That Connect 160

Conclusion 177

Next Steps 187

The Big Ideas 189

Works Cited 193

Index 209

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