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Happy Relationships at Home, Work & Play [Paperback]

Lucy Beresford
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Book Description

1 Jan 2013
Why do some relationships give us great joy and others become toxic?
What role do we play in our relationships?
Are our relationship skills weakening in the age of social media?

From the moment we are born we rely on others for our survival. But as we get older, we can sometimes find relationships upsetting and frustrating. In this insightful, warmly written book, psychotherapist and Psychologies agony aunt Lucy Beresford cuts to the chase of how to have harmonious, fulfilling relationships.

Whether it's with our partner, our kids, our boss or our mother-in-law, or perhaps most importantly ourselves, all our relationships require - at some stage in our lives - a little bit of tender loving care. A helpful toolkit in dealing with everyday dilemmas, Happy Relationships at Home, Work & Play will boost your confidence, encourage insight and empower you to be the best you can be in all your relationships.

"Brilliant ... Lucy Beresford offers easy-to-understand advice on how we can all improve and enjoy better relationships, whether with friends, family, work colleagues or our partners."
Jo Hemmings, celebrity and behavioural psychologist, Psychologist on ITV's Daybreak and Sex Therapist on ITV's This Morning.

"THE handbook for the 21st Century mortal. Eminently readable ... it is a book that will end up on everybody's shelf."
Jeni Barnett, TV & Radio Presenter.

"Lucy Beresford understands the complexities of human relationships better than anyone and explains how to fix them with clarity, wisdom and warmth."
Clare Longrigg, Editor, Psychologies.

"As an agony aunt I receive many letters from readers who want support in their various relationships; I now know which book they should read!"
Susan Quilliam, agony aunt, relationship coach and co-author of The Joy of Sex.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077145917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077145910
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Hello, and a very warm welcome to my Author page. I'm a novelist, psychotherapist and broadcaster. I'm also the 'Radio Shrink' for BBC London 94.9FM, and Agony Aunt for Healthy magazine. I also appear also on TV and radio commenting on topical stories, or reviewing the papers on Sky News.

My work as a psychotherapist informs my writing, and I love the way my work allows me to witness people working towards a more fulfilling life. Happy Relationships is partly inspired by the many stories I've heard over the years - at parties, on the bus, at the magazine and in my consulting room - as people grapple with the various relationships in their lives. The aim of the book is to help you fix any tricky relationships - even the one with yourself.

In fiction, my novel Something I'm Not explores what happens when we suspect we've made the wrong choices in life, and many of my published short stories hinge upon a moment of personal insight for the main character. I review fiction for Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, Literary Review and New Statesman and I'm currently working on my second novel, set in a psychiatric clinic in New Delhi.

On a more practical level, I find I cannot function without lip-gloss...

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About the Author

Lucy Beresford is a novelist, psychotherapist and broadcaster. She works at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton, and in private practice. She is also the Agony Aunt for Psychologies and appears regularly on national and international television and radio, talking about mental health and well-being. Her first novel, Something I'm Not (Duckworth) looks at change and reinvention and her short story "A Tender Meditation" has been published by Untitled Books. She is working on her second novel, set in a psychiatric clinic in India.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone 29 Jan 2013
By laurel
HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS by Lucy Beresford is a great tool to add to the arsenal of ways to improve your life, and who among us doesn't need that? I have read quite a few 'self-help' books in my day, and the reason I think that some people are put off by them is three-fold: (1) they don't want to admit that there's a 'problem'; (2) they don't want to admit that they are part of the 'problem'; and (3) the 'solutions' often seem daunting and time-consuming, and requiring the embracing of some kind of elusive, new-age enlightenment. If this describes your attitude to such books, then don't be put off this one!

HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS is a refreshingly different take on relationship issues. First, I felt much less pressured by this book than I have by some of the other similar books I've read - with all their talk of serotonin and dual column lists, and cognitive solutions. This book focuses on real problems of real people, and is less about 'fixing' things than about making things better, and making life more liveable and, well... happy. The overtone of the author's compassion shines through - compassion for ourselves as well as the other person. Second, the book is structured to take into account different types of relationships - family, significant other, work, friends, etc. - and unless you are unfortunate enough to suffer from problems in all of these areas, you can, as another review said 'dip in and out' and get instant, tailor-made tips, inspiration, and encouragement that might just make a big difference. Finally, the common theme of 'self' that runs through the analysis of all the different types of relationships was a valuable reminder that in all of our relationships, we must consider ourselves as well as the other person, both in defining the issue and crafting a solution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading it! 6 Feb 2013
By abiro
An engrossing read: a problem is presented, then you read the intriguing, professional solution to it. It's also rather like consulting a therapist yourself, as you recognise the various dilemmas instantly - we all share them. One to keep on your shelf for the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good. 28 Jan 2013
By Moonshine. VINE VOICE
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I showed my twenty year old daughter this book and she told me to get some good books. Ah,well, she must be happy.
Lucy Beresford has an upbeat writing style which suits this book. The letters cover eight areas of humanity and give common sense advice on how to deal with different relationships. It doesn't say how to deal with the devil. As I look in the mirror every morning and fall in love with myself all over again that chapter passed me by. It is the type of book that could be held on to for a lifetime and dipped in and out of. It is not airy fairy as she sounds like my mum who was very clever and down to earth. A good read. Recommended for everyone who has a relationship with anybody. Each chapter is summed up at the end which can be referenced without reading the whole chapter. All in all a very pleasant read. I feel happier already.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First timer 24 Jan 2013
I decided to read Lucy Beresford's book as I remembered reading a novel by her called 'Something I'm Not' which I thought was really well written and very engaging.

I say this as I am the sort of person who usually only flicks through books with titles like 'Happy Relationships' in the hope of instant inspiration and a quick fix. I don't always want to think too deeply about situations as this can mean change and that sounds like a lot of work.
I am glad I took the plunge this time as I have found this a warm and inviting book. I have dipped in and out of it; using it more as a reference book. It is an easy read and the author's voice makes you feel like you are talking to a friend who knows you really well and isn't going to expose you.

The work place chapter really resonated with me as this can be a difficult area to navigate. It highlighted the fact that I blame myself for lots of situations but importantly how I could make my life easier by being more honest with people; and myself. I like the top tips at the end of the chapters as I could flick to them to remind myself of something without going through the whole chapter. Some of the thoughts and comments seem obvious and simple but this only made me realise that some of my relationships are very happy which is always a good thing.

For a first timer this was a good choice. Not sure I will risk another author just yet though so I am looking forward to seeing what Lucy Beresford writes next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarity of Thought 17 Jan 2013
By Duncurin VINE VOICE
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Nice Book and a good read. Though as part of my review I did my best to read it cover to cover, it is also a book that one could dip into if say one wanted specific advice as to how to deal with a troublesome twin or recalcitrant step-sister. What is beyond doubt is that the author knows her stuff and the letters that she prints, whilst not revealing real names are nevertheless genuinely within her sphere of knowledge and expertise and I do not think she is exaggerating when she hints that she has advised those from the more run-of-the-mill problems right up to those who want to swing from the chandelier dressed as Batman!

Sadly, I expect that the author and her colleagues are busier than ever, and this is one of the undeniable undercurrents of modern society. I am constantly amazed at how selfish and self -centred behaviour dominates many relationships, how children can be used as pawns in a game of mutual destruction and how adults can fail to see what blessings their lives do contain. Children can be either expected to carry the torch for their parent's extreme views or are not taught the necessary skills and given boundaries that will strengthen them in their young lives. There is a temporariness that stalks what should be stable relationships and people believe quite earnestly that if a "speculative" relationship fails then a new one can always be secured. Communication can be an almost forgotten word; and extremely worrying, the number of women who put up with being physically abused in so-called `stable' relationships.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well structured but shallow
The format of the book appealed to me as various types of relationships were addressed: marital, friends, siblings, parents, children, co-workers ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LoveLife Reading List
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical help
This is a book you wouldn't need to read in one sitting. It goes through the types of relationships we all have through our lives and sort of offers a guide to how you can deal... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy therapy book
This is quite a neat little book that's easy to delve into and absorb whilst at the same time having some psycho-analytical backbone to it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zipster Zeus
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensible and comfortable....
I picked this book as I was intrigued by the title. I guess like many of the other reviewers I wondered whether this would be different to any of the dozens of "self- help" books... Read more
Published 7 months ago by joojeh99
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and engaging book
This book is written by a journalist and psychotherapist. It shows in the user-friendly text, packed full of sensible advice. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit twee
Well it's nice but a little trite...but easy enough to read and to mull over. Doesn't contain anything you probably haven't already thought about in terms of relationships, etc. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nicolette Laurence
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener
This is an easy - not demanding - read, that makes extensive use of common sense rather than theoretical psychology. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Goldsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good food for thought
I enjoyed this little book, its a well organised, upbeat and entertaining read on the major relationship areas. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Constant Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This book is very easy to read. It's practical, grounded and interesting. I was worried it'd be full of a lot of fluffy, huggy stuff ... but it wasn't! Enjoy
Published 10 months ago by Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this!
I am a sucker for self help type books as I find them genuinely interesting and often pick out the titbits I need for whatever issue I am faced with. Read more
Published 12 months ago by FLB
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