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The Relationship Cure | [John M. Gottman, Joan DeClaire]

The Relationship Cure

A five-step guide for building better connections with family, friends, and lovers, The Relationship Cure offers a simple but profound program that will fundamentally transform the quality of all the relationships in your life.
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Publisher's Summary

Leading relationship expert and best selling author Dr. John Gottman presents a revolutionary five-step program for repairing troubled relationships - with spouses, children, friends, and even colleagues. Drawing on a host of powerful new studies Gottman provides the tools you need to make your relationships thrive.

Introducing the empowering concept of the "emotional bid," Gottman shows that all good relationships are built through a process of making and receiving successful bids. His simple yet life-transforming program shows listeners how to become master bidders by effectively turning toward others. He draws on the latest research to show listeners how the brain's unique emotional command systems, as well as each person's emotional heritage - their upbringing, life experiences, and enduring vulnerabilities - affect how they make and receive bids, and how to make adjustments. He then introduces a set of enjoyable and remarkably effective ways to deepen connections by finding shared meaning and honoring one another's dreams. The final chapter offers specially tailored programs for life's most important relationships: with lovers or spouses, children, adult siblings, friends, and co-workers.

©2001 John Gottman, Ph.D., and Joan DeClaire; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.; Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Dorothy Houston, TX, USA 02-01-05
    Dorothy Houston, TX, USA 02-01-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Real Answers Supported by Research"

    John Gottman has done extensive research on couples. He presents many practical solutions to problems in relationships. His advice applies to all relationships not just relationships with your significant other. The great thing about his advice is that you don't have to fundamentally change your style of communication.

    Highly recommended. I just wish that Audible would get some of his other titles.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Taylor Boulder, CO 06-04-12
    Mark Taylor Boulder, CO 06-04-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Buy in Print. Audiobook good only as refresher."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Relationship cure gives valuable inside into how to make relationships work. However, the audiobook is abridged and missed large parts of the content of the original book in print.

    If you truly want to take action, the print book has self tests and you can take notes more easily of the results and action steps.

    The audiobook hits most of the key highlights but is lacking the very important point of your parents' style of communication that affects your preferences for communication.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Gulfport, FL, USA 08-03-08
    Deb Gulfport, FL, USA 08-03-08
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    "Good but hard to apply"

    John Gottman explains his research very well and it is very interesting research, very useful information. However, I found that applying his ideas were difficult presented from an oral format. For one thing, some of the ideas were still too conceptual to apply. For another, his application ideas struck me as long and time consuming and requiring planning - first do this, it may take you weeks or months to get it right, then move on to step B, etc. Listening to his book a couple times can be very insightful for information to understand your relationship. In fact, you may find it an essential foundation to build on, but if you want to improve your relationship, you may find other approaches easier to put into action.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Saint Charles, MO, USA 03-06-06
    Jeffrey Saint Charles, MO, USA 03-06-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Thank You"

    This book gives different ways of communicating and understanding differences between individuals. Anyone who has had differences in the workplace or at home should listen to this book. It really helps!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DGM 04-13-08
    DGM 04-13-08 Member Since 2007

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    "More information on the Gottman line"

    An excellent explanation of the "bidding" description of relationships common thorugh the Gottman work I have read. Good advice for couples/marriage includes significant information and advice for other relationships too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Troy, NY, United States 04-25-13
    Alex Troy, NY, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dull, but not totally useless"
    What did you like best about The Relationship Cure? What did you like least?

    Most, if not all of these concepts can be better understood by reading The 5 Love Languages which is a MUCH better read, much more practically applicable to life, and way less boring.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cori Marquette, Michigan, United States 01-09-13
    Cori Marquette, Michigan, United States 01-09-13
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    "Good content... Bad diction"
    Where does The Relationship Cure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have not listened to many, but I am in the broadcast and production business and know that this book could have been more listener friendly with a more seasoned reader. There is charm in having the writer narrate the book, but I feel I could have gotten more from someone with more clear speech.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave awareness to how our interactions fuel relationships.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I disliked the poor diction.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Relationship Cure?

    Using the idea of bidding and how our response to the bids of others can shape our relationship.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 10-29-13
    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 10-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good info, lousy narrator"
    What did you love best about The Relationship Cure?

    Some really useful info there


    What didn’t you like about John M. Gottman’s performance?

    The man can't pronounce the letter h.....'human' becomes 'yooouman'. Very irritating


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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