Married to Distraction: How to Restore Intimacy and Strengthen Your Partnership in an Age of Interruption

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Random House Publishing Group, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Are you more distant from your spouse than you’d like to be? Do you or your spouse waste time mindlessly viewing email or surfing the Web? Welcome to the club!Modern marriage is busy, distracted, and overloaded to extremes, with ever-increasing lists of things to do, superficial electronic connections, and interrupted moments. The good news is that there are straightforward and effective ways to restore communication and connection, resurrect happiness and romance, and strengthen—even save—a marriage.
 
• Observe the natural sequence of sustaining love: attention, time, connection, and play.
• Develop and nurture empathy—the essential building block to healthy communication.
• Carve out small moments of uninterrupted attention for each other.
• Identify the pressures that our crazybusy lifestyles put on love and marriage, and fight back with tenderness and appreciation.

Complete with scripts, tips, communication techniques, and a detailed 30-day reconnection plan, as well as inspiring real-life stories,Married to Distractionwill set couples on a course of understanding, healing, and love.
 

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Contents

RESOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF DISTRACTION
3
Eliminate Toxic Worry
10
ix
56
3
71
10
79
When Your Spouse Has True
89
22
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When Your Spouse Feels Like Your Child
98
PROMOTING PASSIONATE connection 17 Conation An Unfamiliar Key to Empathy
129
Specialize
135
Building Romance
146
The Unexpected Gift
150
Finding Hope
159
What Makes It Worthwhile
166
Ten Reasons Not to Get Divorced Ten Reasons To Get Divorced and Forty Ways to Make Your Marriage Great
178
30
183

The New World of Affairs
105
Time for
112
Just How Neat Must a Person
118
Managing Anger and Frustration
121
THIRTY Minutes THIRTY DAYS A Workbook for Modern Marriage
187
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Acknowledgments Notes
223
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About the author (2011)

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is now the director of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and New York City. He is the co-author of Delivered from Distraction and Driven to Distraction as well as the author of CrazyBusy, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles.

Sue George Hallowell, LICSW, has been a practicing couples' therapist for more than twenty-five years. The Hallowells are the parents of three teenage children. They live in Arlington, Massachusetts.


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