Family Communication: The Essential Rules for Improving Communication and Making Your Relationships More Loving, Supportive, and Enriching

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Contemporary Books, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 397 pages
"An eminent clinical psychologist . . . lists twenty rules for improving family communication." -- Chicago Tribune In millions of families, day-to-day life may involve many harmful interactions that result in such common complaints as these: "I can't stand the nagging any longer." "My wife doesn't understand me." "I can't get through to my teenager." "My parents are constantly hassling me." In this newly revised fourth edition of his enormously successful book, "Family Communication," renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Sven Wahlroos teaches families how to avoid those common destructive communication patterns and realize healthier, closer, and more loving relationships. By following the book's twenty rules and precepts, families will learn how to:
  • Discuss problems without being drawn into destructive arguments
  • Gain techniques for becoming more effective listeners
  • Deal with argumentative people
  • Recognize and counteract unfair communication tricks such as interrupting, psychologizing, and intimidating
  • Cope with common verbal games
  • Prevent misunderstanding through the use of effective questioning
"Family Communication" is a wonderfully wise book, offering families the tools for achieving happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationships with those they love most. Sven Wahlroos, PhD, maintains a private practice in Los Angeles and has served on the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology and at the Los Angeles Psychiatric Service and the Reiss-Davis Clinic for Child Guidance. Dr. Wahlroos is also a diplomate in Marital Family Therapy of the American Board of Family Psychology.

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As a former high school teacher and project manager, this is one of the best books on communication that I have come across, Mr. Wahlroos does a masterful job of firstly explaining and giving examples of poor and subsequently more acceptable communication skills...always being mindful that communication is a two way street. This is a book you read and CANNOT end up thinking you now know how to fix your partner or fix your offspring. This is a book you read and you become more introspective and empathetic. There are however a few examples where the family scenarios are contextualized to the sixties and seventies, but are not impediments to the overall message. 

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How come such a successful book has not been reviewed by any one. Neither can anyone read a few pages of it. Not until there substantial number of reviews can this book be considered famous and the psychologist eminent.

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