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Divorce Prevention and Marriage Success
How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking About It
Patricia Love and Steve Stosny. Publisher: Broadway, 2008. ISBN: 0767923189
There has been much said about the differences between men and women when it comes to talking things out – this book delves deeply into the matter. An easy book for men to be able to identify with. Includes many true stories of couples in trouble and how they deal with it.
Gary Chapman. Publisher: Northfield, 1995. ISBN: 1881273156
Dr. Chapman has identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time; Receiving Gifts; Acts of Service; and Physical Touch. Each is illustrated through real-life examples. Notably, this series includes special editions directed at men, teens, children and Hispanic speakers.
Michele Weiner-Davis. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1993. ISBN: 0671797255
Weiner-Davis focuses on helping us understand that trying to change your spouse into the perfect mate is a futile endeavor. Her focus is on identifying what’s possible and looking to yourself to achieve positive change, through the principles of short-term therapy.
Michele Weiner-Davis. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2002. ISBN: 0684873257
In this follow up to her best-seller, Divorce Busting, Weiner-Davis serves up a seven-step program for revitalizing the troubled marriage, with a special emphasis what to do after your spouse has asked for a divorce, or has even moved out. The topics include: how to identify marriage-saving goals; how to move beyond ineffective, hurtful ways of interacting; how to look for positive signs of change and how to stay calm, and optimistic.
John Gottman. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1995. ISBN: 0684802414
Dr. Gottman takes a scientist’s approach to the topic – he actually studies couple interactions in his “love lab,” and gives us insights, often surprising ones, into couples that have managed to stay together. He has identified characteristics of healthy marriages as well as of those in trouble.
John Gottman. Publisher: Orion, 2004. ISBN: 0752837265
A companion to Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, Gottman includes more self-tests, checklists and exercises to help couples establish a framework for coping with their differences.
Judith Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee. Publisher: Grand Central 1996. ISBN: 0446672483
Reports on their detailed and explicit interviews with 50 couples from “successful” marriages, underscoring that such relationships often take very different outward appearances. However, the patterns of success show through, in the writer’s identification of a series of psychological tasks that every partner confronted in some manner or another.
Don Miguel Ruiz. Publisher: Amber-Allen, 2002. ISBN: 1878424440
A unique perspective. Ruiz was raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and nagual (shaman) grandfather. His mission is to carry forward the wisdom of his Toltec heritage, in this case as it applies to love. He uses parables to bring his teachings to life including the power of self-love and the notion that sometimes we are guilty of self-abuse, inflicting “emotional poison” on ourselves.
Harville Hendrix. Publisher: Holt, Updated 2007. ISBN: 0805087001
Hendrix is a couple’s counselor who lived through the pain of his own failed marriage, which spurred his personal research into what he describes as the “practice of becoming passionate friends.” Along the way, he created a therapy he named Imago Relationship Therapy. His goal is to help us get beyond the “Inconscious Marriage” and grow into the “Conscious Marriage”.
Harville Hendrix. Publisher: Atria, 1993. ISBN: 0671734202
Imago Relationship Therapy principles applied to the single life situation. Useful applications for gay and lesbian relationships.
Communication Skills – Improving Your Inter-Personal Relationships
Roberta Gilbert. Publisher: Wiley, 1992. ISBN: 047134690X
Gilbert bases her material on the Bowen Family Systems Theory, developed by respected family therapy pioneer, Murray Bowen. This is an excellent treatise on the subject of relationships, tending toward the technical side. The author is a proponent of understanding family dynamics to understand how people’s actions in relationships might echo their family system.
Roger Fisher, Bruce Patton and William Ury. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. ISBN: 0140157352
Fisher offers his five-step system for negotiation. The work leans heavily on the Harvard Negotiation Project research, and concentrates on how to separate problems from personal agendas, along with other valuable ideas. The notion of being “hard on the problems and easy on the people” is particularly useful, as is his BATNA acronym, Best Alternatives to a Negotiated Agreement.
William Ury. Publisher: Bantam, 1993. ISBN: 0553371312
Many consider this book to be the definitive tome on the art of negotiation. The idea of using Ury’s “joint problem solving approach” techniques to turn adversaries into negotiating partners has application to family relationships. Ury explains that the challenge is to convert a confrontational situation to a cooperative creative problem solving process. The author directs the Global Negotiation Project at Harvard University.
Stephen R. Covey. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1999. ISBN: 0684860082
Despite his commercial success, and reputation for “guru-ness,” Covey continues to deliver simple, workable, well thought-out concepts, this one for effective family communication. While the work is a re-interpretation of his famous “7 Habits” directed at the work environment, this is more than a re-packaging – parents can find relate to the stories and tips that emerge from the eyes of Covey’s own nine children.
Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. Publisher: Puddledancer Press. 2003. ISBN: 1892005034
An important work focusing on using communication (talk) to achieve peace and partnership. Rosenberg urges us to listen empathically and communicate using authentic feelings and needs. The latest edition of the book introduces us to the concept of “self-compassion,” pointing out that if we are internally violent toward ourselves, it is difficult to be passionate toward others.
Robert Bolton. Publisher: Touchstone, 1986. ISBN: 067162248X
This work is simply a classic on the subject of interpersonal communication, with emphasis on listening skills, assertion techniques, conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. Fairly heavy reading.
Jeffrey R. Bedell and Shelley S. Lennox. Publisher: Wiley, 1997. ISBN: 0471082503
The sub-title of this work, “A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach” hints at its textbook nature – it is in fact just that, published under the banner of the Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. As such, the work is heavily research driven, but nonetheless valuable for the lay person. At $150 however, you may want to look for it first in the library.
Don Miguel Ruiz. Publisher: Amber-Allen, 2001. ISBN: 1878424505
Shamanic teacher and healer, Ruiz’ passion is to pass on the wisdom of his Toltec heritage. His four agreements are simple: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. The magic lies in the how and why of these principles that Ruiz masterfully brings to life.
Luther and Eileen Lord, Publisher: Hazelden, 1978. ISBN: 0894860461
Unfortunately, alcohol and substance abuse plays a role in all-too-many family situations. Paradoxically, sobriety itself opens up new family issues, relating to the “personality change” that the recovering person undergoes. I love this little, older book which treats the serious subject with a dose of humor, through the use of cartoon character Assertive, and his sidekicks Hostile and Passive.
Dale Carnegie. Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 2009. ISBN: 1439167346
The tendency might be to dismiss this book as outdated, because it was first published in 1937, but to do so would be a mistake. Carnagie’s nine rules for effective leadership are tantamount to communications commandments.
Anger Management; Conflict Resolution and Assertiveness
The Anger Workbook
Lorrannie Bilodeau. Publisher: Hazelden, 1994. ISBN: 1568380542
Good reading for anyone who needs to understand and learn more about anger management. Combines scientific research with questions and exercises to help you define the sources of your anger. Explains how to look at your attitudes about anger, and the power that you have to use anger as a positive force for change and growth.
Lee Carter, PhD and Frank Minirth, M.D. Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 1997. ISBN: 0785282556
A 12-part plan to help you overcome your struggle to forgive and find lasting healing in your life – with great tips that allow you to examine and accept feelings of anger or disappointment.
Harriet Lerner, Publisher: Harper. 2005. ISBN: 006074104X
Ms. Lerner begins with the message that “Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to.” Her book is about how to resolve the common arguments that occur in relationships. She dives right into it from the platform that a woman’s anger can be a normal reaction to a culture where interpersonal threats and conflicts all-to-often get “resolved” by being overpowered by the man’s anger.
Ronald and Patricia Potter-Efron. Publisher: New Harbinger, 2006. ISBN: 1572244488
The Potter-Efrons are a professional therapy team whose work has identified the tools to address what to do about what they term: “The Eleven Most Common Anger Styles.” The work discusses how to let go of our anger rather than just vent it, and to channel our anger to effect positive change.
Gayle Rosellini and Mark Worden Publisher: Hazelden, 1997. ISBN: 1568381417
It’s been around for a while, but this guide to “Dealing with the Emotions of Substance Abuse” is a valuable work in helping us understand a very special kind of anger – that associated with the recovering alcoholic or addict.
Carol Tavris. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1989. ISBN: 0671675230
Dr. Tavris bases her positions on serious research. She points out that anger can be a self-reinforcing mechanism with unhealthy outcomes. Her models and techniques help us understand what “sets us off.” The recent edition includes discussion on road rage, sports violence and the anger of young women.
Hendrie Weisinger. Publisher: Harper, 1985. ISBN: 0688041140
Dr. Weisinger is the originator of “criticism training.” This textbook-style resource is often used by professionals to develop custom programs for their anger challenged clients. Practical, helpful and still relevant.
Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love & Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships.
David Schnarch. Publisher: W. W. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 0393334279
Schnarch combines elements of marriage therapy and sex therapy to combat what he refers to as the fact that “People have difficulty with intimacy because they’re supposed to.” He approaches the topic from the vantage point of using couple’s conflicts as the means of creating relationship growth.
Harriet Lerner. Publisher: Harper, 1990. ISBN: 006091646X
Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger, gives us a look at examples of real-life relationships that are challenged, and teaches the principles of better partner communication – essentially written from the woman’s perspective. Solid work on the subjects of triangles, and setting boundaries.
Infidelity & Forgiveness
Anatomy of Love – A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray
Helen E. Fisher. Publisher: Ballantine, 1994. ISBN: 0449908976
Dr. Fisher, an anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History, puts forth new, and surprising, explanations for why men and women fall in love, marry, and divorce, grounded in a perspective of the evolution of mating behavior. Her thought-provoking approach addresses questions like whether or not women should accept that their interest in sex is secondary to their biological need to reproduce?
Janis Abrahms Spring and Michael Spring. Publisher: Harper, 1997. ISBN: 0060928174
The Springs offer more than just hope for saving a marriage after an infidelity – they put forth a survival guide to rebuilding relationships. Their premise is that both partners need to understand the meaning of the affair and to accept responsibility for what happened. Case studies and checklists guide readers through their three stages of healing: normalizing feelings; deciding whether to recommit; and revitalizing the relationship.
Ron Edell. Publisher: Zebra, 1995. ISBN: 0821748866
Edell provides a remarkably comprehensive discussion of what makes for a strong marriage. He discusses the reasons why affairs happen and what to do to prevent them. The core proposition is a seven-step “reconstructive” program for couples that are willing to recommit to one another. The steps are defined as Admission, Ventilation, Identification, Vulnerability, Communion, Acceptance, and Reunion. He also offers advice on what to look for in seeking professional help.
Janis Abrahms Spring. Publisher: Harper, 2005. ISBN: 0060009314
In this sequel to her bestselling After the Affair, Abrahms Spring delves into the marriage therapy topic of forgiveness, including the notion of acceptance as an alternative when forgiveness is not possible. She categorizes forgiveness into: cheap forgiveness; refusing to forgive; acceptance and genuine forgiveness. Using insights based on case studies she provides an in-depth view of resolution as a contributor to improved personal relationships.
Steven D. Solomon, PhD and Lorie J. Teagno, PhD. Publisher: New Harbinger, 2006. ISBN: 1572244615
This book deals with the core question surrounding infidelity: should I stay, or should I go? The authors provide helpful insight in gauging the likelihood of being able to salvage the relationship, and then
discuss how to move forward by dealing with the issues.
Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD. Publisher: Hudson House, 2003. ISBN: 1587768151
Weil contends that adultery may be a family disease, and that the study of family history can offer insight, understanding, and forgiveness in a relationship stressed by adultery. She suggests approaches to
self-examination designed to lead to a happy long-term marriage.
M. Gary Neuman. Publisher: Wiley, 2009. ISBN: 0470502134
An intriguing, and controversial, book intended to empower women by helping them understand what their spouse is really thinking about. Draws from interviews with men who have admitted to sexual affairs.
Peggy Vaughan. Publisher: Newmarket Press, 2003. ISBN: 1557045429
Vaughn is the personality behind AOL’s “Ask Peggy” forum. She presents her findings as one who has first-hand experience with affairs. Ms. Vaughan debunks many of the common approaches that
people take to prevent cheating, and offers helpful suggestions for recovering from the emotional devastation, including how to choose a marriage counselor.
Debbie Then, PHD. Publisher: Hyperion, 1999. ISBN: 0786865245
Dr. Then provides a framework intended to help women decide whether or not to stay marriage to a cheating spouse. She draws on the stories of real people, and examines the social, personal, and
financial forces at work in marriages, and advises on how to handle infidelity, with emphasis that women need to make their own lives as fulfilling as possible.
Anne Bercht. Publisher: Trafford, 2006. ISBN: 147733209
The Berchts’ story about their personal experience with infidelity is uniquely and honestly presented from the point of view of the wife, the husband and the child.
Susan Forward, PhD. Publisher: HarperCollins, 1999. ISBN: 0060931159
Being in a relationship with someone who lies is extremely difficult. Dr. Forward examines the syndrome of men who lie to women and offers no-nonsense advice to women what to do about
it, with emphasis on identifying sociopathic behavior and avoiding men who have it.
Anxiety & Depression
Breaking the Patterns of Depression
Michael Yapko. Publisher: Main Street Books, 1998. ISBN: 0385483708
This is the book that I most often recommend because Yapko puts depression in simple perspective: causes, diagnosis and treatment. Then he explains the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving through real-world examples, and offers practical suggestions on what to do to feel better.
Michael Yapko. Publisher: Golden Guides, St. Martin’s Press, 2000. ISBN: 0312263325
Yapko discusses depression from the family perspective, not only family predisposition to the disease, but also how depression impacts family life behavioral patterns. He offers action steps in communication, problem solving, and thinking skills that individuals and families can use to improve relationships.
David D. Burns. Publisher: Harper, 1999. ISBN: 0380810336
An insightful book that begins with a substantial self-evaluation exercise that many have described as “life changing.” Easy to understand, with emphasis on areas of depression that can be addressed without drugs, but also includes a guide to antidepressant drugs that may also be an appropriate avenue of treatment.
Edmund J. Bourne. Publisher: New Harbinger, 2005. ISBN: 1572244135
Just what the title says – it’s a workbook. It offers proven techniques and exercises that you can use in your daily life to address anxiety disorders and phobias presented in an easy-to-use format.
Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. Publisher: Guilford Press, 1995. ISBN: 0898621283
Another popular workbook – often used to augment or enhance professional cognitive psychotherapy treatment. Worksheets teach skills to address depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems.
Jane Miller. Publisher: Pretext Press, 1996. ISBN-10: 096548730X
A frequent talk-show guest, Jane Miller has the ability to take a joyful approach to tough subjects. She offers tools and techniques that can guide phobics toward relief, through application of attitude and perception changes.
Frank Minirth, Pul Meier, Don Hawkins. Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 1991. ISBN: 0840731930
A Christian-based book that offers ten methods to overcome and prevent anxiety and prevent its recurring by pursuing a biblical lifestyle.
Stress Management – Approaches to Stress Reduction
The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
Martha Davis, Elizabeth Eshelman, Matthew McKay. Publisher: New Harbinger, 2008. ISBN: 1572245492
Tom Whiteman, Samuel Verghese, Randy Petersen, Publisher: Zondervan, 1996. ISBN: 0310201152
Divorce Recovery – Surviving the Divorce
Growing Through Divorce
Jim Smoke. Publisher: Harvest House, 2007. ISBN: 0736918159
Jeffrey Young and Janet Klosko. Publisher: Plume, 1994. ISBN: 0452272041
Anthony Wolf. Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998).ISBN: 0374525684
Melanie, Annie, Steven and Jann Blackstone Ford. Publisher: Magination, April 2006. ISBN: 1591472423
Zoe, Evan and Ellen Sue Stern. Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2008. ISBN: 1582462410
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Taking Charge of ADHD: The complete authoritative guide for parents
Russell A. Barkley. Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2000. ISBN: 1572305606
Russell A. Barkley. Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2005. ISBN: 159385210X
Patricia Quinn & Judith Stern. Publisher: Magination Press, 2008. ISBN: 1433803879
John F. Taylor. Publisher: Free Spirit, 2006. ISBN: 157542195X
Arthur L. Robin. Publisher: The Guilford Press, 1999. ISBN-10: 1572305452
Everett & Everett. Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2001. ISBN: 1572307080
Lynn Weiss. Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 1589792378
Lynn Weiss. Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 1589792483
Edward Hallowell and John Ratey. Publisher: Touchstone, 1995. ISBN: 0684801280
Thom Hartmann and John Ratey. Publisher: Underwood Books, 1995. ISBN: 1887424032
Thom Hartmann. Publisher: Underwood Books, 1997. ISBN: 1887424148
Jonathan Scott Halverstadt. Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing, 1998. ISBN: 087833209X
Peggy Ramundo & Kate Kelly. Publisher: Scribner, 2006. ISBN: 0743264487
Kathleen Nadeau. Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group, 1997. ISBN: 0876308477
Coping with the Strong-Willed Child
Parenting a Strong-Willed Child
Rex Forehand, Nicholas Long. Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2002. ISBN: 0809232650
Carl E. Pickhardt. Publisher: Adams Media, 2005. ISBN: 1593373813
Russell Barkley, Christine Benton. Publisher: The Guilford Press, 1998. ISBN: 1572303212
Ross Greene. Publisher: Harper, 2005. ISBN: 0061906190
Stanley Tureck, Leslie Tonner. Publisher: Bantam, 2000. ISBN: 0553380362
Stanley Greenspan with Jacqueline Salmon. Publisher: Da Capo, 1996. ISBN: 0201441934
Building Self-Esteem in Your Child
Stick Up for Yourself – Every kid’s guide to personal power and positive self-esteem.
Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, Pamela Espeland. Publisher: Free Spirit, 1999. ISBN: 1575420686
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Publisher: Twelve; X edition, 2009. ISBN: 0446504122
The Anxious or Worried Child
7 Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less
Sam Goldstein, Robert Brooks, Kristy Hagar. Publisher: Specialty Press, 2003. ISBN: 1886941467
James J. Crist. Publisher: Free Spirit, 2004. ISBN: 1575421534
Dealing with Grief
On Death and Dying
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Publisher: Scribner, 1997. ISBN: 0684842238
Elisabeth Hubler-Ross, Caroline Myss. Publisher: Celestial Arts, 2008. ISBN: 1587613182
Pauline Boss. Publisher: Harvard University Press, 2000. ISBN: 0674003810
Pat Schweibert, Chuck DeKlyen, Taylor Bills. Publisher: Grief Watch, 2005.ISBN: 0961519762
Earl A. Grollman. Publisher: Beacon Press, 1995. ISBN: 0807027243