For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed

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Penguin, May 6, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 368 pages




One of the New York Times' most popular journalists presents groundbreaking scientific news about marriage. And, surprise: It's good news. 

We've all heard the statistic: Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. It's enough to make many couples give up when the going gets rough, thinking that's what everybody else does. But what if it weren't true? What if, in fact, it's not only possible but often easier than you think to save a seemingly troubled relationship? These are the questions Tara Parker-Pope asked herself after her own divorce. An investigative journalist on the health and wellness beat, she turned to some of the top biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and other scientists for the facts about marriage and divorce.

Those facts were more positive and provocative than she'd ever expected, and For Better offers page after page of astonishing, eye-opening good news. Parker-Pope presents the science behind why some marriages work and others don't; the biology behind why some spouses cheat and others remain faithful; the best diagnostic tools created by the most cutting-edge psychologists to assess the probability of success in getting married, staying married, or remarrying. There are questionnaires to uncover potentially damaging hidden attitudes toward spouses. There are tools to show the impact of routine, fresh activity and how small adjustments can make a huge difference. Tara Parker- Pope's genius is for exploring the science behind the big issues that affect our lives every day and translating that science into advice that we can use-every day.

For Better is the definitive guide to the most profound relationship of our lives.


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It's amazing how culture can move forward in 7 years and render some elements of relationship books cringe-worthy. This isn't a terrible book, but it isn't very good either. Lots of areas worth ... Read full review


Title Page
The Science of Commitment
Flirting Attraction and Chemical
What Really Happens in the Marriage
How Does Marriage Impact Your
Diagnosing the Health of
Marital Spats and the Rules
How to Care for Your Marriage
When Money Problems Become
Overcoming Gender Roles and Power
Assessing Your Risk for Divorce
A Prescription for Marital

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Tara Parker-Pope, who writes the "Well" blog for The New York Times, is one of the newspaper's most popular and most e-mailed journalists. She appears regularly on radio and television, including Today, Good Morning America, and CNN. Parker-Pope lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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