Why Did I Marry You Anyway?: Overcoming the Myths That Hinder a Happy Marriage

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Cumberland House, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 332 pages
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Movies like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "An Affair to Remember" bombard people with bad ideas about love. We are told that if you meet the right person and fall in love, your marriage will thrive and you will be happy. However, while love is important, stable marriages are not based on love alone.Barbara Bartlein has worled with hundreds of couples as they have worked to save their marriages, and she is now ready to share the secrets of what they have learned together. A happy, successful marriage almost always is the result of hard work and commitment, she says, but all too often, people don't know what to do to improve their marriages. This is where "Why Did I Marry You Anyway?" fills the gap. With "12.5 strategies" that cover all the common problems in relationships - like money, children, sex, and in-laws - she tells couples what to do and shows them how to do it. Each chapter approaches these problems in the same way. First,a common complaint is explored. Second, common myths that block solutions to the problem are identified and helpful ways of countering them are suggested. Third, case studies illustrate the concepts in action. Finally, quizzes and tolls provide opportunities to practice these new skills and behaviors. The result is a helpful, humorous, and easy-to-read book. Anyone who gives it just a little thought will come away with practical insights that will result in positive growth in their lives.

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Barbara Bartlein is a therapist, professional speaker, successful businesswoman, and writer. her column, "Success Matters," appears widely in professional periodicals including The Business Journal and Sales Master Mind. The president of Great Lakes Consulting Group, she lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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