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Publisher's Summary

Why do couples fight? Here’s a hint - it’s not about who puts the dishes away. With Relationship Rx, renowned psychotherapist Stan Tatkin offers couples in crisis a prescription for understanding the deeper issues underlying their conflicts. Drawing from his Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), Tatkin unpacks common causes of relationship challenges with humor and compassion. Filled with practical tools, insightful commentary on sample conflict dialogues, and an in-depth exploration of what really makes for a secure relationship, this program will help couples restore and sustain the love that brought them together.

©2018 Stan Tatkin (P)2018 Sounds True

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Excellently balanced for both the avid learner, unsuspecting dunce

I accidentally stumbled across this book trying to find something on neurology. My partner and I are a little over two years together now, so communication is still a learning work-in-progress.

I’m biased towards self-help books, but this is definitely one of the top audible experiences I’ve had (I’m probably close to/over 100 books in the library with around 10 repeaters).

I found myself reflecting on my own shortcomings as a partner, because I was motivated to be a more active participant in the relationship. One of my favorite dynamics from the book is how the author cleverly weaves sound seductive arguments within common-sense conversation, and tidies it up with realistic evidence. I most enjoyed how the author constructively disassembles a large collection of social norms, expectations, and assumptions.

So far I’ve tried to shove this book in any of my audible fiends’ ears. On my third listen in less than a few months, I’m very pleased.

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Useful and practical

Uncompromisingly refreshing take on relationship commitment and what it takes to get there. Highly recommend.

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Essential listening for all couples

Dr. Stan Tatkin does it again with an engaging and informative book that will actually help you create a strong and secure-functioning relationship. I especially love the role plays that demonstrate toxic conflict and exactly how secure-functioning couples resolve conflict in healthy ways. This is an enjoyable book that I’ll be listening to again and again and recommending to the couples I work with.

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Essential.

Informative and applicable. How and what Stan Tatkin shares in this book is, I believe, essential for all to read and pivotal for how the world can view how we do relationship moving forward.

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Life changing

This is the absolute best book I’ve ever experienced on relationship. I highly recommend this for couples and singles. The material covers aspects of how and why to be in relationship. The Material is never dry and there was not one chapter that I didn’t feel was receiving wisdom that I wish I had 30 years ago.

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Solid tips, would love more nuance though!

I really love Mr. Tatkin's style of reading this material. He uses a lot of zippy phrases that crystalize some of the more abstract concepts. It's very personable and just sounds like he's shooting the breeze with you over a cup of coffee. As for the material itself, I would have liked a more critical look and intersectional lens throughout. At one point, he references the statistic about men who's female partners make more money than them being more likely to cheat. Rather than encouraging men to examine the limiting stereotypes of masculinity that make them feel lesser than for earning less, he encourages women to be more "skillful" about how they discuss finances. He also suggests total and complete transparency with your partner, which, is a very Western value, and not always the best policy for intimacy and care. He could learn something from Esther Perel's work which holds space for disclosure AND privacy. Generally, he advocates interdependence IN THEORY, but in practice endorses some codependent dynamics. If you know your attachment and neuroscience, you can get a lot out of this book because you'll have a critical view on what Mr. Tatkin recommends.

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This book saved my marriage!

Thank you Dr. Tatkin! I have my best friend back and feel happier than I have. You have provided the world with an effective and meaningful way to be in love, stay in love, and feel happy.

I am forever grateful!

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If you are in a relationship

...read this book! Read it to stay, read it to fix or read it to decide what to do.

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Wish this was available years ago!!

Step by step guide that works -- only if both parties are in. If both parties are not in and committed to Rx/fixing what is broken and agreeing on what is broken, then at the best, it absolutely helps you to see, define and, understand deeply, your own part you are playing.

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Mind-blowing

Nobody should be in a relationship without hearing this first. Why reinvent the wheel? It is all so clearly explained.
Should be more mandatory to people than school. The world would be a much, much better place.

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  • 08-15-20

Amazing book

This book was a little slow to start but once you get past the introductory chapters it comes up with the goods.
My partner and I have been to couples counselling and I can honestly say we’ve got more from this book than the time we spent in therapy. It gives you perspective of other types of people helps you understand how and why they react the way they do . It has armed me with information I didn’t know and gave me the tools to do it better. It shows that relationships are hard and need work.

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  • 06-23-19

Must read book for everyone.

I wished I’ve known this book before I met my wife. I could have done better in my almost two years relationship with her (3 months of marriage).