Sex, Love and The Dangers of Intimacy: A Guide to Passionate Relationships When the "Honeymoon" is Over. by Duffell, Nick, Lovendal-Duffell, Helena (2012) Paperback Unknown Binding
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I am in my mid-60s and wish it had been available to me forty years ago. Buy it for your kids, your partner, anyone you care about.
However, I also want to rate it 1 star because at the end I was left a bit high and dry. I was looking for some next steps but it seems that without a spare few hundred quid for counselling or one of their (great sounding) courses, there was nowhere to go, not even another book to buy. I could have done with a few practical pointers as to where to begin the process under my (our) own steam. I understand that every couple is different, but surely some general guidance is possible for those of us without a great deal of spare cash. I would still recommend this book to anyone, though.
The book focuses specifically on married couple's relationships and reveals the beliefs and dynamics that drive us and hence our marriage relationship. Rather than prescribing how to fix marriage problems it opens the doors to your understanding and holds the door open for you, inviting you to step through and pursue the required path.
One of the core tenets of the book is that conflict is inevitable and a necessary and healthy part of a relationship; The key is to notice what the conflict is revealing, inviting you to see. I also like how they speak of focussing on `I' rather than `you' as in one's partner. Your partner is but a mirror in which you can look and learn about yourself and your behaviours and so grow. From that growth can flower an enduring, loving relationship with and your partner.
Very sensitively written and evoling.