Can Your Relationship Be Saved?: How to Know Whether to Stay Or Go

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Impact Publishers, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 140 pages
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"The title of this book captures one of the most commonly explored issues that I have dealt with in my office over the past three decades as a practicing clinical psychologist." Thus begins Dr. Broder's wise and compassionate guide to assessing a faltering love relationship, and answering the fundamental question asked by the book's title. Broder addresses individuals and couples in marriages, or any other type of love relationship or romance -- long- or short-term, andof any sexual orientation. His 40-item "Can Your Relationship Be Saved?" Inventory asks the rights questions. But readers are not left there. The chapters that follow gently guide them in exploration of what is likely to happen if...' What if I go? What if I stay? Readers will find direction in answering those questions for themselves, and the information and strategies to help them act on their decisions.Can Your Relationship Be Saved? speaks--in a warm, unabashedly upbeat and optimistic manner--directly to the painful ambivalence that results when you are unable to determine how you really feel. Broder's guidance is packed with practical road maps and direction finders, avoiding glibness, cliches, pat answers or "someone else's value judgments that will rarely hold up for you in the end."
 

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Dr. Broder's book is more than 'interesting'. It pulls you in and makes you take a deep look at any troubling relationship. Although the focus is on love relationships; marriages and romances, the assessment and analysis can also be applied to friendships and work related discontent. Dr. Broder is always optimistic and has a 'can do' attitude whether you choose to stay or to leave.
He does not let you 'beg' the question, but elicits what to keep in mind when you are not yet ready to make the decision to stay or go! Either way there is 'work' to do: affirmations, visualizations, note taking and checklists.
The reader is invited to read this text cover to cover or to go to the chapters that apply today, once you have completed the self-assessment. "Can Your Relationship be Saved?" is also a reference book to go back to time and time again to review just how far you've progressed.
-Colleen Reynolds
 

Contents

How to Get the Most Out of this Book
1
Continuing Your Relationship Assessment
14
How to Make the Most of this Inventory
37
Some Bottom Lines to Consider
52
Ive Decided to Leave Now What?
67
But Breaking Up Is Hard to Do or at Least Can Be
69
Changing Your Expectations
83
Getting Past Your Issues
97
Your Custom Survival Guide
110
Additional Strategies for Maximizing Your New SingleAgain Life
123
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Michael S. Broder, PhD, is a psychologist, media personality, author and popular speaker. An acclaimed expert on relationship/lifestyle issues and short-term, results-oriented psychotherapy, he is author of numerous self-help audio programs and popular books, includingThe Art of Living Single andThe Art of Staying Together.

Broder was the first president of the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He has hosted psychology oriented talk radio programs in Philadelphia and New York, as well as for the NBC Talknet and ABC Talkradio networks. He has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show and many other television programs, and in major newspapers and magazines. He lives and practices in Philadelphia.

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