Happy Together: Creating a Lifetime of Connection, Commitment, and Intimacy

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SCB Distributors, Jun 1, 2011 - Family & Relationships
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No matter how much passion there is at the beginning of a relationship, for love to last it must be actively created. Dr. Bill Cloke, an innovative and successful couples' therapist, has been helping couples create lasting connection, commitment, and intimacy by learning the essential relationship skills he now reveals in Happy Together. With sensitivity and practicality, Happy Together pinpoints the issues and actions that can make or break our relationships. Step by step, it will show you: • How to identify and overcome personal barriers to meaningful and satisfying connections • The defensive ways we unknowingly kill love and how to learn from conflict to create deeper intimacy • The role of passion and sexuality in our relationships • How to understand & deal with issues of shame and rage that can impact our ability to love • Why deeply held myths about family, marriage, and idealized romance can create expectations that damage our connection with each other • How to become partners in problem-solving • How to effectively use the tools of compassionate communication and "constructive complaining." Rich with practical tips and techniques, including sample dialogues to help you make meaningful changes, Happy Together will guide you in perfecting the skills you need to create a positive vision for your relationship and a road map for happiness.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
The Happiness C U R
How Love Is Made
Myth Fantasy and Reality
Shame Rage and Myths of the Self
Intimacy and the Art of Love
How Conflict Can Create Love
Cultivating Connection
The Dynamics of Desire
And They Lived
Conclusion
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