Marriage Shock: The Transformation of Women into Wives

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Open Road Media, Feb 8, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 206 pages
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Relationship expert Dalma Heyn asks not what is good for marriage but what is good for women in marriage—a question, she finds, that promises a much different answer and more fulfilling lives
Marriage, as we are told, makes a woman complete, more womanly. Why, then, do so many brides discover that the fun-loving, passionate single gal they used to be has been transformed into a woman recognizable only as a wife—a woman who unconsciously represses her own needs, wants, and vitality “for the sake of the marriage”? Attacking the pervasive cultural myths that ask a wife to choose between her marriage and her own growth and self-expansion, Marriage Shock explores the ways in which wives can overcome deeply ingrained social and personal expectations and flourish both as wives and as individuals. This ebook features a new introduction by Dalma Heyn and an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.


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User Review  - Meldi Arkinstall - Goodreads

A thought-provoking read for anyone who is getting married, is married...or has been married! Read full review

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I'm a bit torn about this book, and I am going to attempt to explain why as concisely as possible. I believe this book puts forth an idea, a concept that is incredibly interesting, complex, and worthy ... Read full review


Z The Witness
A The Ghost of Marriage Past
Q The Single Standard
A Biography of Dalma Heyn
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Dalma Heyn, who earned her master’s degree in social work at New York University, has been writing about love, marriage and relationships for twenty-five years. She is the bestselling author of The Erotic Silence of the American Wife, Marriage Shock, and Drama Kings, as well as the host of the regionally broadcast television program The Love Goddess Show. She is the former editor in chief of Health magazine, executive editor of McCall’s, and columnist for Mademoiselle and New Woman. She has appeared as a social commentator and guest author on Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, and The View, among others.

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