Psychologist and author Dr. John Townsend disagrees. "Your button-pusher is not someone you would easily and casually leave. You are intertwined at many levels. It is worth the trouble to take a look at the ways the relationship you had, and want, can be revived and reborn."
©2007 John Townsend; (P)2008 Oasis Audio
Many times when you seek advise on dealing with difficult people you are encouraged to leave the relationship because it is hopeless. You can't change them and there is little hope for change. You can change you and your reaction to them and through scripture and wise Counsel John Townsend gives you hope for healing, as well as insight on ways you are contributing to the problem. He offers help in formulating a plan to make life better for both of you.
I will listen to this book again. This author has terrific insight on emotional and recovery issues and I always find helpful information in his books. Even if you aren't having relationship problems, you can find helpful tips for any relationship in this book.
I can't really name one moment that stood out, but much of the book was very helpful. The author is a psychologist and Christinan.
His voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to. Since the author is reading his own book, he makes the stories come to life.
the book is for anyone who is in a difficult relaionship
It's a good book. Biblical principles. This book was recommended to me by my therapist. I'm glad to know I'm not alone in this area. But, I think that me and my button pusher (mother) just need to be separated entirely. This book will be extremely useful to most though.
Could be summarized as "give it up to God." basically. I'm Christian, I've got no problem with the Christian take on it. I thought maybe other reviewers that mentioned the God part were perhaps offended.... I now see they mention it because the catagory could almost be religious study meets 12 stepper additional study aid. Lots of passage quotes and the advice is to pretty much set some boundaries & trust in God. The information is fine, but nothing new in approach, information or perspective that you won't hear from any basic support group. If this is your first introduction to the world of conflict, ideas like codependency, enabling etc. it might be a great place to have a gentle start.
NO WHERE in the audible review is this book listed as a DEVOUT Christian guide to dealing with difficult people nor are the author's fundamentalist beliefs even mentioned. However, 75% of this book is about God, bible verses and what "Jesus would do" parables. I am a spiritual person and do not mind references to God. Yet, the title and the review are incredibly misleading. Also, there are several instances where the advice provided is based less on research or best-practice therapy and more on the author's belief in "Gods Will for the Family."
This was a true learning experience and I look forward to applying these principles for my personal growths and for many people in my life that I didn't even realize I were pushing my buttons... I learned more about myself than I set out to...
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