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Feeling Good Together: The secret to making troubled relationships work [Kindle Edition]

Dr David Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We all have people in our lives that we just can't seem to get along with. Whether it's our spouse, co-worker or neighbour, something about the relationship just rubs us up the wrong way, and though our natural instinct is to blame the other person, that can just make things worse.

In Feeling Good Together, renowned US psychiatrist Dr David Burns applies his successful method of cognitive interpersonal therapy to teach us how to take control of our relationships.

Building on the principles that he first introduced in Feeling Good (over 4 million copies sold), Burns offers innovative techniques designed to improve communication skills and shows us how to cope with different personality types, such as the big ego, the jealous type, the stubborn mule and the critic, and reveals the five secrets of effective communication.

This groundbreaking book will identify the behaviours that are sabotaging your relationships and give you the tools to change.

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Praise for "Feeling Good Together "from mental-health professionals: "This is the finest work of its kind and will stand for generations as "the" relationship book." --Matthew May, MD, adjunct clinical faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine ""Feeling Good Together" should be required reading for all couples who want to create a happy, healthy relationship." --Tori Kelley, PhD, LMHC, owner, Central Florida Mental Health, Inc. "Finally, a relationship repair tool kit without fluff or camouflage. Change is a choice for brave and daring souls. Thank you, Dr. Burns!" --Nancy Ellen Lee, MFT, PhD "Implementing these ideas has been truly life changing. It works!" --Mischa Routon, MFT "The relationship strategies in this book are simple but profound. This is Dr. Burns's most seminal work. " --Jan Stanfield, MFT/LCSW "A powerful set of tools (and even a tool kit) to evaluate, repair, -

Book Description

A simple, revolutionary guide to solving any relationship conflict without the need for therapy, from the author of the international bestseller Feeling Good

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1655 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (30 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ELY7S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to 'feel good"? 20 Aug. 2010
If you are one of the humans having difficulty with another person with communication- from your beloved to your co-workers, this is the book for you. It will go through enough senarios to allow you to deal with the many variables thrown up in converstation by not only the "other" but perhaps more importantly- how YOU deal with each and every exchange. If you tend to react rather than listen, or simply cannot figure out a way to calmly say things with another person- this will help in leaps and bounds. The ONLY way I could have written this account was by applying the book, and as a result of it my long term, and previously long distance relationship, with the person I regard as my soul mate has been resurrected, and not only that, we have a closer, better understanding of each other, and are right back to being "in- love". Brilliant- Thank you- Dr. Burns. I am extremely happy as a result.

Yes, 5 stars, and more if the choice allowed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By J Hiley
I really recommend this book it'll help you with all of your relationships. One of the chapters talks about how important it is to acknowledge the other person's point of view. This so often isn't done and leads to arguments. You need to at least find the grain of truth in what they are saying and agree with it so you can show that you have something in common and are able to listen before even trying to put your point across. Otherwise it's just two people saying different things.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but flawed 7 Jan. 2010
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If this book has been subtitled `Know your own faults, and life will improve', and if it had stuck with the first eleven chapters, it would have been an excellent read.

Unfortunately, the actual subtitle is `The secret to making troubled relationships work'. To fulfil this promise, the subsequent eighteen chapters are filled with formulae and `five secrets' and tricks of behaviour that you're supposed to rehearse and role-play.

I'm not at all sure that these latter chapters will do much for troubled relationships. For one thing, the book seems to assume that the pain in the relationship will manifest itself verbally. That is, your partner will open his/her mouth at some point and say "You're putting my husband down", or "You never listen to me" or "Nothing turns you on!" or some other set of words that will usefully expose the heart of the problem. Perhaps this is a cultural thing, and perhaps people in the US are more likely to get into robust dialogues than us reticent Brits, but it seems to me that troubled relationships tend to get wedged in spaces where all communication carefully avoids the hot spots, or where the problem is acted out, or where sarcasm takes the place of honest complaint. And many people are completely unable to recognise their own emotions, never mind articulate those emotions in a useful way. In other words, there is no useful dialogue.

However, if that first dialogue ignition doesn't happen, then the rest of this book is just so much paper. There IS a chapter near the end that suggests that if the `five secrets' aren't working for you, it's down to YOUR failure to implement them properly. The possibility that there is nothing to implement them ON, does not seem to occur.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading and helpful 6 Oct. 2012
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This is a quite helpful book if you want to get your head around communication and relationship problems. I was amazed how easily I could spot my own mistakes and could start adjusting them.
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