Marital Myths Revisited: A Fresh Look at Two Dozen Mistaken Beliefs about Marriage

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Impact Publishers, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 136 pages
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"Many people contend that marriage is a relationship that carries the principle of friendship to its ultimate and most intimate degree. I think they are mistaken." One of the most influential psychotherapists of our time revisits his "two dozen myths" two decades later. Surprises aplenty in this no-holds barred conversation with readers about the "myths" that get married couples in trouble. The notions that "Husbands and wives should be best friends," "Marriage should be a 50-50 partnership," and "An unhappy marriage is better than a broken home," are explored, debunked, and re-examined in the light of 21st century hindsight. This is a provocative, insightful, sometimes disturbing look at some of our most cherished beliefs about marriage.
 

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"...Dr. Lazarus has brilliantly elucidated the myths that destroy marriages... We highly recommend it." -- Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D. Psychiatrist; Bestselling author: MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR PAST and HOW TO SURVIVE THE LOSS OF A LOVE
"...recommended as required reading for those who are married, contemplating marriage or engaged in...marriage counseling" -- Cyril Franks, Ph.D., CHILD AND FAMILY BEHAVIOR THERAPY
"I've never before found a book that I could recommend to clients that approached these issues so clearly and well." -- Lillian F. Brunell, Psy.D.
"Without a doubt, couples willing to read, examine and talk about...marital myths are more likely to build successful relationships." -- Lorraine Wincor, Psy.D.
 

Contents

HUSBANDS AND WIVES
11
HUSBANDS AND WIVES SHOULD
27
A HAPPY MARRIAGE REQUIRES
41
IN GOOD MARRIAGES
49
GOOD HUSBANDS
57
HAVING A CHILD WILL
63
MARRIAGE CAN FULFILL
69
TRUE LOVERS AUTOMATICALLY
75
A HUSBANDS AMBITION COMES
87
DEAD LOVE CAN SOMETIMES
94
COMPETITION BETWEEN SPOUSES
101
OPPOSITES ATTRACT
109
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Dr. Arnold Lazarus, (1932-2013) was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and had also served on the faculties of Stanford University, Temple University Medical School, and Yale University. Dr. Lazarus received numerous honors and awards, most notably the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology, special awards from the divisions of psychotherapy and clinical psychology of the American Psychological Association, and he was the first recipient of the prestigious Annual Cummings PSYCHE Award. In 1999 he received two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from the California Psychological Association and the other from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He maintained a clinical practice for nearly 40 years and authored or co-authored 18 books and over 350 articles and chapters. His books have been translated into dozens of languages, allowing his influence to be felt and appreciated in numerous ways worldwide.

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