HOLD ME TIGHT - by Dr. Sue Johnson (2008) This is an excellent book for couples who find their relationship has become a place of arguing, blame, disconnection or silence. She helps readers recognize their "demon dialogues" and work towards forgiveness and revitalization. Dr. Johnson provides guidelines for seven healing conversations that can offer a pathway through problematic interactions and lead readers toward healthier relationships. I also recommend this book to couples who want to enhance an already good relationship. Read it together!
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work - By John Gottman, Ph.Dand Nan Silver(1999) John Gottmen, psychologist and innovative researcher, states he can predict whether a couple will divorce after watching and listening to them for just five minutes. In his book, he shares the signs of marital failure and then details seven principles that will help you protect your marriage and ensure its longevity. It has a workbook flavor to it and will appeal to couples who prefer structured exercises, and no nonsense guidance.
The Relationship Cure - By John Gottman, Ph.Dand Joan De Claire(2001) Dr. Gottman offers five steps to strengthen the important relationships in your life. This book introduces the concept of “bidding” for better connection with those in your life and describes the do’s and don’ts of building an emotional connection. Written in a “how to do” style, you’ll find tools, exercises, and questions to reflect upon to enhance your emotional intelligence with friends, family and your life partner.
How to Be an Adult in Relationships - By David Richo (2002) This book offers understanding and gentle exercises that invite the reader to experience the gifts intrinsic in adult love and relationships. Although it is written from a Buddhist’s perspective, it offers rich teachings to anyone who desires to consciously create healthy relationships. It describes our need to offer and receive attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing (The five keys to mindful loving). Other topics include: choosing a partner, phases of a relationship, overcoming fears of abandonment or engulfment, and when relationships end. You could spend a few weeks on each chapter to get the wealth of information available in this book. If you’re going to read this one, take your time… try the exercises… reflect. You will grow more mindful and open-hearted.
Getting Real – 10 Truth Skills You Need To Live An Authentic Life - By Susan Campbell If better communication is your desire and living authentically is your path, this is a book for you to read. Some of the topics: - releasing the need to control - dealing with the differences in opinion - asserting yourself without losing your friends - welcoming feedback
Getting Real is full of concrete guidelines and effective practices to enhance both business and personal relationships.
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