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The Relate Guide To Better Relationships: Practical Ways to Make Your Love Last From the Experts in Marriage Guidance (Relate Guides) Paperback – 1 Feb 2001


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (1 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091856701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091856700
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relate, the experts in marriage guidance, present the definitive guide to healthy and lasting relationships

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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2001
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If you're planning - or already in - long-term commitment, this book is essential reading. Packed with fantastic exercises to help you understand your partner and make your relationship work, it'll give you endless insights, bring you closer together and even show you how to argue properly!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Herring on 2 May 2011
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From personal experience, please make sure you read this book as soon as you can.

It's full of useful advice.

Don't leave it until you end up in relationship counselling because it's probably too late by then.

Really opens your eyes to some common mistakes we all make.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Husband on 26 Nov. 2009
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After reading a handful of books on the subject of couples experiencing relationship problems this book instantly came across as authoritive, thorough and most of all deeply reassuring about the prospects of improving relationships that might be experiencing trouble.
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I am a relationship consultant by trade and hence I have read a lot of books on better relationships, some good and some bad. In a nutshell, I find this Relate Guide by Sarah Litvinoff is based on outdated paradigms for love relationships and totally misses the point of what "better relationships" are, while giving its earnest attempt to provide unhappily married couples with a variety of recipes for marital troubleshooting, that would perhaps ensure that above couples have a more tolerable co-existence in their marriage.

Here's where this book gets it wrong in my professional and personal opinion:

1. There is a confusion over what Love is and why people get together in the first place. A lot of terminology in the book like "falling in love", "romantic love", "newly in love" romanticises and misunderstands the mechanisms of human sexual attraction and lust that have little to do with actual Love.

2. "Perseverance rather than Happiness" could be the slogan of this book. The main focus of this book is on making existing marriages less miserable, rather than on fostering personal happiness of two individuals who decided to have a relationship together. For a better account of how to cultivate personal wellbeing in a relationship, see The Relationship Handbook

3. The book draws its evidence from the Relate marriage counselling which main claim (on their website) is: "80% of respondents said that Relate counselling had strengthened their couple relationship". Notice, there is nothing about happiness or fulfilment in this claim. It helped people to remain stuck together, yes, but at what price?

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lady Bronwen on 30 Aug. 2010
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Really helpful insights, scenarios etc. Something I could relate to often and some really handy advice on how I talk and approach subjects. It helped me reflect on my past and inspired my partner and I to go for professional council to help us with our relationship as we had reached a crisis point and split up. It even has advice I can put into other relationships in my life with my parents for example.

In summary, I found it a really helpful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sam410 on 16 April 2012
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this book has been great, the 'tasks' have proved to be interesting and challenging, i bought two copies one for my husband and one for me and we are working through them together. this book looks at some of the things that influence our relationships and the choices we make within them. Relate book are great!
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