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How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It | [Patricia Love, Steven Stosny]

How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It

Men are right. The "relationship talk" does not help. Dr. Patricia Love’s and Dr. Steven Stosny’s How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It reveals the stunning truth about marital happiness: Love is not about better communication. It's about connection.
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Publisher's Summary

Men are right.

Drs. Patricia Love and Steven Stosny have studied the all-too-familiar dynamic between men and women and have reached a truly shocking conclusion. Even with the best of intentions, talking about your relationship doesn’t bring you together, and it will eventually drive you apart.

The reason for this is that underneath most couples’ fights, there is a biological difference at work. A woman’s vulnerability to fear and anxiety makes her draw closer, while a man’s subtle sensitivity to shame makes him pull away in response. This is why so many married couples fall into the archetypal roles of nagging wife/stonewalling husband, and why improving a marriage can’t happen through words.

How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It teaches couples how to get closer in ways that don’t require "trying to turn a man into a woman". Rich in stories of couples who have turned their marriages around, and full of practical advice about the behaviors that make and break marriages, this essential guide will help couples find love beyond words.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2007 Patricia Love and Steven Stosny (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Inspirational... a practical guide for men and women to overcome their challenges and come together outside and inside the bedroom." (John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)

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    Amazon Customer United States 06-11-12
    Amazon Customer United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Male - Female interactions make so much more sense"
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    I have listened to this more than once and get new insights each time. It has helped me understand what is going on so much better in relationships and given me some tools to improve them...and they do help!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Innisfil, ON, Canada 02-25-13
    Robert Innisfil, ON, Canada 02-25-13
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    Would you listen to How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It again? Why?

    I have listened to this book many times to understand the details. Read this book if you want to understand why you don't get along with your spouse, child, or parents. Everyone needs this information. It should be taught in school.

    It has improved my relationship with my wife - Without talking about it.

    I whole heartily recommend this book!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Spencerport, NY, United States 11-12-12
    Robert Spencerport, NY, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "most effective relationship help ever"
    Would you listen to How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It again? Why?

    already am on #2 and plan to refer back when needed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It?

    Without talking or fighting about it and finally some insight on why the same approach doesn't work for both men and women.


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    Very well read with tactful emphasis.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It?

    It will be my relationship bible and hopefully "ours".


    Any additional comments?

    No other book or advice or even counsel has been this helpful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa! 03-26-15
    Lisa! 03-26-15

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    "Profoundly Accurate and Explanatory"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Because they present with so much experience and background as marriage counselors. Also because it explains accurately how men and women generally relate and where our "miss" has been. A true code cracker book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It?

    All the precursor and educational foundation of the book that prepared us to hear..."Just jump into the puddle" was the most intense relief. But the most memorable moment was in the beginning of the book when she lists so much information about how the genders generally relate to others and how we are socially locked in and reinforced to communicate in these certain ways. It was heartbreaking and disarming to see my husband and all men with such clarity. First this book breaks the spell of resentment with facts and experience and accurate emotional tones when a marriage has gone so far off course then it breaks the cycle of isolation and shame, gives us insight into how the cycle is so pervasive and self perpetuating...and then gives us solutions we are relieved to know and are ready for. I felt heard, seen and expressed though their words and exposed to my husband's inner world like never before...Disarmed is the word. Thank you.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was so expressive. She brought these facts to life. If I had to read all those facts to my husband or just by myself, it wouldn't have come across so neutrally. I would've gotten bored, lost, angry at having to process so much linear information when he and I were in such an emotionally dark and twisted place. And the way she brought emotion to the sections....gave examples as if she were really talking to us...brought the information in more completely, convincingly...as if we were with a guidance counselor, not left up to our own tones, emphasis and innuendo. We were fed the information and given tasks to do along the way. We needed that. We NEEDED that. Thank you!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction was the feeling of being seen.....and how disarmed I was by the general ways we are socialized....and how it's not ok to live and die by "women do it better" motto when it comes to "communication". The compassion that I had access to made me feel humbled and grateful. It also made me angry after awhile because I got tired of hearing how high maintenance he is...and the irony is that he called me high maintenance....and we got to realize together that we are both this way in our own way. So simple yet SO hard to get to if you don't know the natural tendency generally of the genders...and after 17 years of marriage and misunderstanding. God, I wish we had found this book 10 years ago. wow.


    Any additional comments?

    A code cracker...and it must be done in audiobook!!! A must hear for anyone in relationship as I see it. My husband agrees, this book would not have been as powerful in hard copy. We were both too biased...we needed a neutral party in the mix.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randolph Seattle, WA 12-07-13
    Randolph Seattle, WA 12-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A must read"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It the most enjoyable?

    This book is based on very simple concepts about human evolution that affect our daily lives in the modern marriage. The central premise is the fear-shame reflex that kicks off a primal defense mechanism that underlies troublesome interactions between couples. The challenge it discusses is how we can counter the evolutionary developments of our brain designed for surviving pre-historic life but not at all suited for the modern relationship. It provides data, results of research and many true and instructive examples. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their relationship.


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    internetgenius 04-30-15
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    Excellent insights... I don't know why but it bugs me when a book written by a man is read by a woman. Other than that, it was a great book.

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    Melissa 03-05-15
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    I never write reviews! But this was amazing! Every sentence valuable! In fact, I now want to purchase the book!

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    Barbara J Merwin 02-28-15
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    Very informative. Lots of science behind why we do what we do. Narrators voice was a little annoying to me. At times she sounds as if she's talking to a preschool class. All in all, good sound advise and exercises.

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    Alexa Medina, TX, United States 01-13-15
    Alexa Medina, TX, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    What a wonderful wealth of solid relationship guidelines. Love thus book. Agree with author in every step. A must have for every couple.

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    Adrianne E. Hart 05-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    I wish I would have had this book years ago. So much clicked for me!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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