Refrigerator Rights: Creating Connections and Restoring Relationships

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Perigee Book, 2002 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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This important book explores the metaphorical message that "refrigerator rights" stands for the kind of closeness we have with people in our lives -- friends, family, spouses. How many people can walk into our homes and just open up the fridge and help themselves? Only the people closest to us. Dr. Will Miller with Glenn Sparks, Ph.D. propose that most of us have very few people in our lives that can do this. They identify, three factors that contribute to the lack of intimate connections we have with people: increased mobility away from our extended family, emphasis on individualism, and emotionally numbing media distractions.

Advocating a change of lifestyle to create essential relationships, this book offers specific suggestions for:
-- Reaching out beyond one's immediate family
-- Balancing self-care and care for others
-- Re-establishing vital social networks This timely, important book shows readers how to break out of their isolation booths to create the kind of relationships that strengthen, support, and satisfy their souls.

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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


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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.

Sparks is a professor and noted researcher of Mass Communication at Purdue University.

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