CATEGORY: Marital and Relationship Problems Books

Self help books on overcoming marital or relationship problems. Tips on saving a marriage.

Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

Author: Stephanie Coontz

In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes readers from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is—and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the nineteenth century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship. This enlightening and hugely entertaining book brings intelligence, perspective, and wit to today’s marital debate.

The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today

Author: Andrew J. Cherlin

Andrew J. Cherlin's three decades of study have shown him that marriage in America is a social and political battlefield in a way that it isn’t in other developed countries. Americans marry and divorce more often and have more live-in partners than Europeans, and gay Americans have more interest in legalizing same-sex marriage. The difference comes from Americans’ embrace of two contradictory cultural ideals: marriage, a formal commitment to share one's life with another; and individualism, which emphasizes personal choice and self-development. Cherlin’s incisive diagnosis is an important contribution to the debate and points the way to slowing down the partnership merry-go-round.

The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships

Author: Harriet Lerner

"Anger is a signal and one worth listening to," writes Dr. Harriet Lerner, in a classic that has transformed the lives of millions of readers. While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless. In this engaging and eminently wise book, Dr. Lerner teaches women to identify the true sources of our anger and to use anger as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Author: Joan Didion

In this stunning book of electric honesty and passion, Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

Loving the Self-Absorbed: How to Create a More Satisfying Relationship with a Narcissistic Partner

Author: Nina Brown

A narcissistic partner is always putting his or her own needs first and can be competitive, demeaning, and manipulative. After the early stages of a relationship, the non-narcissist is left questioning his/her value. In this book for the intimate partners of narcissists, find strategies to limit the destructive effect of your partner's behavior and get what you need out of your relationship.

Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love

Author: by Pia Mellody (Author), Andrea Wells Miller (Author), J. Keith Miller (Author)

In this updated version of Facing Love Addiction, the author of Facing Codependence and internationally recognized dependence and addiction authority Pia Mellody unravel the intricate dynamics of unhealthy love relationships and shows us how to let go of toxic love. Through twelve-step work, exercises, and journal-keeping, Facing Love Addiction compassionately and realistically outlines the recovery process for Love Addicts, and Mellody’s fresh perspective and clear methods work to comfort and motivate all those looking to establish and maintain healthy, happy relationships. 

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Author: John M. Gottman (Author), Nan Silver (Author), John Gottmann (Author)

John Gottman revolutionized the study of marriage by using scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in detail over many years. This books represents the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.

After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful

Author: Janis Abrahms Spring

After the Affair teaches partners how to heal themselves and grow from the shattering crisis of an infidelity. Drawing on thirty-five years as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Spring offers a series of original and proven strategies that address such questions as: * Why did it happen? * Once love and trust are gone, can we ever get them back? * Can I—should I—recommit when I feel so ambivalent? * How do we become sexually intimate again? * Is forgiveness possible? * What constitutes an affair in cyberspace?

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

Author: Harville Hendrix

In Getting the Love You Want, Dr. Harville Hendrix shares the relationship skills that have already helped hundreds of thousands of couples to replace confrontation and criticism with a healing process of mutual growth and support. This extraordinary practical guide describes the revolutionary technique of Imago Relationship Therapy, which combines a number of disciplines--including the behavioral sciences, depth psychology, cognitive therapy, and Gestalt therapy, among others--to create a program to resolve conflict and renew communication and passion. 

Getting the Love You Want describes the three stages of intimate relationships, provides illustrative case studies and gives helpful recommendations to overcome the obstacles in those stages to create a stronger bond between couples. Step by step, he describes how to communicate with greater accuracy and sensitivity, how to let go of self-defeating behaviors, and how to focus energy on meeting each partners' needs. 

With Getting the Love You Want couples in any stage of a relationship can resolve their conflicts and achieve mutual emotional satisfaction.