Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 240 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 Distraction will set couples on a course of understanding, healing, and love.
 

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User Review  - anguinea - LibraryThing

i listened to the audio version and i really wish the authors would have just went with professional narrators to read because their own voices are very uneven. also, there are several examples of ... Read full review

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This book has some interesting sociological comments on modern culture, but lacks substance and follow through on the 'advice' presented. I would not recommend this book to a couple looking to strengthen their marriage. Read full review

Contents

The Anatomy ol Modern Love
3
Your Attention Please?
10
Interrupted Everything
22
Making Time to Connect
30
Distracters and Organizers
39
Seemingly Selfish
49
The Big Struggle
56
RESOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF DISTRACTION
67
Just How Neat Must a Person Be? I 18
118
Managing Anger and Frustration
121
PROMOTING PASSIONATE CONNECTION 127
126
An Unfamiliar Key to Empathy
129
Specialize
135
Building Romance
146
The Unexpected Gift
150
Finding Hope
159

Struggle Stoppers
69
Download Overload
80
Eliminate Toxic Worry
84
When Your Spouse Has True ADD
89
When Your Spouse Feels Like Your Child
98
The New World of Affairs
105
Time lor Sex
112
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
THIRTY MINUTES THIRTY DAYS A Workbook for Modern Marriage 187
186
Acknowledgments
223
Notes
225
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About the author (2010)

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is now the director of the Hallowell Centers in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, and the Boston area. He is the co-author of Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, as well as the author of CrazyBusy, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles. He also hosts a weekly podcast called Distraction that offers practical solutions on how to focus and regain control in today’s digital world.
 
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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