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Recommended Books About Relationships

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

Hold me tight by Sue JohnsonAuthor: Sue Johnson is Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

The book is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which clinical psychologist and researcher Sue Johnson founded. It outlines several stages of healing work that couples can do together in the privacy of their own home and at their own pace that are truly effective. The book includes easy-to-follow chapters and exercises that have may help to resolve long-standing hurts between partners, if both partners allow themselves to fully engage in the process. Hold Me Tight helps to fight the pain, distress and hopelessness that many couples face. Readers reviews

Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Nonviolent communication by Marshall B. RosenbergAuthor: Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international peacemaking organization. Dr. Rosenberg is the 2006 recipient of the Global Village Foundation’s Bridge of Peace Award, and the Association of Unity Churches International 2006 Light of God Expressing Award.

Non-Violent Communication book is a bestseller based on a communication and conflict resolution proces–called Non-Violent Communication (NVC)–developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. Essentially NVC is a communication process for improving compassionate connection to others; it has also been interpreted as a spiritual practice, a set of values, a parenting technique, an educational method and a worldview. The book teaches readers how to communicate and resolve conflicts peacefully and productively. The book is clear, easy to read, well organized, and describes a great way to minimize judgment and blaming, and get to the underlying feelings and needs that really matter. Anyone struggling in their relationship may find this book a useful framework. Readers reviews

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix

Getting the love you want by Harville HendrixAuthor: Harville is a distinguished couples counselor and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Theology from the University of Chicago and has received an honorary doctorate and some significant service awards. His works are widely published internationally.

The book is based on Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) that was created by Harville and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. The therapy is based on a variety of disciplines, such as cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy and depth psychology. The book offers great insight into how unmet childhood needs can affect our future relationships and offers constructive ways to make one’s marriage better. The book has been described as profoundly insightful and transformative by other clinical therapists. Readers reviews

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman and Nan Silver

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman and Nan SilverAuthor: John Mordecai Gottman is a Professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations.

The book dispels common myths about divorce and illuminates what it means to have a happy marriage—information based on Gottman’s years of research. Gottman, who claims to be able to predict couples doomed to eventually divorce with 91 per cent accuracy and in less than 5 minutes, says marriages are not that much threatened by anger, as many popular therapies suggest, but by what he calls the real demons- Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness and Stonewalling. The book is perfect for people who value research, reason and practical advice. Anyone wondering about the long-term viability of their marriage can use this book as a troubleshooting guide. Readers reviews

And Baby Makes Three by John Mordecai Gottman

And Baby Makes Three by John Mordecai GottmanAuthor: John Mordecai Gottman is a Professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations.

A must read for new parents–couples with babies or babies on the way. This book describes changes in marriage after the baby is born and offers suggestions and support on how to get through them. The book gives invaluable insight into how parents relationship affects their child and helps to avoid common pitfalls. The book ideas are based on scientific research by Gottman. Readers reviews

The Relationship Handbook by George S. Pransky

The Relationship Handbook by George S. Pransky Author: Dr. George S. Pransky is a licensed marriage counselor who has worked with couples in a private practice for more than 25 years. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and is an adjunct professor of The Academy of Multidicilinary Practice and an adjunct professor of the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University.

As in most relationship books, the book focuses on the topics of understanding and communication–both important elements of forging successful relationships. His general thesis is that the cause of relationship distress is insecurity; thus, “the cure is understanding the psychological thoughts, feelings, and states of mind” in order to overcome that insecurity. The book is a worthy supplement to helping men overcome the disease of Gender Role Reversal. Readers reviews