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Power of the Middle Ground: A Couples Guide to Renewing Your Relationshipby Marty Babits
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The Power of the Middle Ground explains-as no other self-help book does-why and how the inherent difficulties entailed in the change process itself are daunting. Author Marty Babits, a seasoned couples therapist and educator, explains strategies and provides tips for grappling successfully with the challenges that change presents. This key aspect of working through relationship difficulties has, until now, been given short shrift in the popular and academic literature. Despite the central place of divorce in our culture, he teaches couples how to achieve a much greater impact in solving difficult interpersonal problems than is often thought possible.
Babits helps couples envision a place that brings their potential for love and compassion alive. This place, which neither partner can dominate and in which each learns to approach problems productively, he calls the "middle ground." Through a series of exercises, he equips couples to appreciate and actualize what is positive and possible in their relationship.
This encouraging, yet realistic book empowers partners to negotiate differences, emphasize the positive, see issues from each others point of view, defuse anger, and, as a result, rekindle warmth and love.
Book News Annotation:
Drawing on some 25 years of experience as an educator, a couples' therapist, and a supervisor of couples' therapists, Babits (Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Manhattan) has developed a framework and a method for reestablishing emotional safety in a troubled partnership; he shares this knowledge in this self-help text for couples working through relationship difficulties. The framework a cluster of interconnected ideas referred to as the "middle ground," which empower partners to negotiate differences, emphasize the positive, see issues from each other's point of view, diffuse anger, and rekindle warmth and love; readers experience the conceptual framework through a series of exercises. The text includes targeted advice for all types of couples: heterosexuals and gays, marrieds, live-ins, couples with children, childless couples, and older couples. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Teaches mindful optimism, a function of being alive and responsive to real possibilities for positive change. This encouraging, yet realistic book will empower partners to negotiate differences, emphasize the positive, see issues from each others point of view, defuse anger and, as a result, rekindle warmth and love.
This encouraging, yet realistic book will empower partners to negotiate differences, emphasize the positive, see issues from each other's point of view, defuse anger and, as a result, rekindle warmth and love.
About the Author
Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD (New York, NY), is a psychotherapist in private practice and a member of the Executive Supervisory Committee of FACTS (the Family and Couples Treatment Service) of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
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