Refrigerator Rights: Why We Need to Let People in Our Lives, Our Homes (And Our Refrigerators)...

Front Cover
Perigee Trade, Sep 1, 2003 - Psychology - 204 pages
0 Reviews
Many Americans today feel stressed-out, over-extended, and disconnected...but they're not sure why, or what they can do about it. Therapist and ordained minister Dr. Will Miller has the answer. He advocates changing our hectic lifestyles to embrace the idea of "Refrigerator Rights"-establishing close connections with friends and family who are trusted enough to enter our homes and help themselves to whatever is in the refrigerator. Dr. Miller offers suggestions on how to accomplish this through:

€ Reaching out to those beyond our immediate family
€ Balancing self-care and care for others
€ Creating a sense of true community
€ Re-establishing vital social networks
€ Getting comfortable with not being constantly "productive"
€ Learning to go with the flow, take a detour, lose track of time in the company of friends...and rediscover the nourishment of relaxed, mutually satisfying relationships

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Refrigerator rights: creating connections and restoring relationships

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Therapist Miller and media expert Sparks put another twist on the oft-lamented problem of the impersonal modern world by analyzing how our "isolation culture" affects our relationships with the ... Read full review


Life in the Isolation Culture
We Have Moved Away
We Are Always Striving to Succeed

7 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Dr. Will Miller is a therapist, ordained minister, stand-up comic, corporate speaker, and leading cultural analyst. He was the on-air spokesperson for Nick-at-Nite for five years and hosted the NBC show "The Other Side." He has appeared on "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America," and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." He is a regular guest lecturer at Purdue University and lives with his wife, Dr. Sally Miller.

Glenn Sparks, Ph.D., is a professor of Mass Communication at Purdue University.

Bibliographic information