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The 7 Best Things Happy Couples one [Paperback]

By John Friel Ph. D. (Author) & Linda Friel M. a. (Author)
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Identifies the healthy habits and attitudes that characterize a successful relationship.

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Psychologists and best-selling authors John and Linda Friel have written an enormously readable and infinitely practical book that delves into what makes a relationship enduringly successful. Wherever readers are in their own relationships, this book can improve those relationships dramatically, bringing them immediate and lasting benefits.

In the tradition of their bestseller, The 7 Worst Things (Good) Parents Do, the authors examine the behaviors that happy, effective couples display continually. After careful investigation, the Friels synthesized years of clinical work into a manageable list of the most significant patterns of behavior couples must address and embrace if they want to become truly great couples. Recognizing that other patterns and behaviors certainly do exist, when patients come the Friels for help, the core issues illustrated in this book are discussed as the couples move boldly toward improving their relationships-with consistently outstanding results.

The authors found that they had not seven, but eight, key items to identify. Here are a few: Be Sexual Be Willing To Divorce Manage Your Fear, Hurt, Shame, And Loneliness Own Your Part (be responsible for creating a great relationship)

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The 7 Best Things Happy Couples one by John Friel Ph. D. & Linda Friel M. a. has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 12/10/2001 page 63

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HCI
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 4, 2002
Publisher   HCI
ISBN  1558749535  
ISBN13  9781558749535  

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More About John Friel Ph. D. & Linda Friel M. a.

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Friel maintains an active training and speaking schedule in the addictions field, and is known for his practical, innovative, powerful and compassionate presentation and training style. Whether speaking to the general public or to professionals, he has the ability to handle difficult or painful material with a fine balance of competence, sensitivity, gentle humor and professionalism that has made him one of the top trainers in the country.

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Perfect for any couple looking to improve their relationship!  Mar 30, 2008
This book would be great for newlyweds or young engaged couples, nothing but positive ways to improve your relationship, great to read together at nights!
Not worth buying  Apr 8, 2007
I never write reviews because I recognize that one person's junk is another's gem. This book was so bad, though, that I just had to write a review this time. I agree with jimmieb. This book was poorly written with little worth reading. I could probably reduce the book to 10 pages (probably less, I'm trying to be generous) of worthwhile advice. Much of the writing was quoted from other psychologists and authors or from their previous books with very little original thought. Having finished the book this morning, I can only remember one of the "7 Best Things". This book is going in the trash and that's the ultimate insult from this bibliophile.
This Book Truly Focuses on What is Essential to Making A Good Lasting Relationship  Feb 14, 2007
It is unfortunate that the first reviewer of this book is so negative. She (he?) states that it is poorly written but never gives concrete examples of the poor writing. The reviewer says the book is poorly organized, but they begin with chapters identifying what constitutes a healthy/happy relationship and what does not. Most of us grew up on TV and movies to inform us about romance, but rarely showing how people effectively manage the trickier day to day coping and growing in a marriage.
The Friels begin by setting the record straight about what can we realistically expect. How do we make our selves feel good with that very imperfect partner of ours. One way is by owning our own part of the problems. Much easier for any of us to talk about than to really act on. The book is divided up into sections that cover points that I think most of have to learn about, because these ideas are not common knowledge. A couple examples are entitled, Be Willing to Divorce, and Let Disappointment Enrich You. The first reviewer seems to think that the book's ideas are too warm and fuzzy. I would suggest that if you have the courage and ability
to really understand the depth of what they are saying, you have an opportunity to make profound changes in your relationship. And if you end up with more warm and fuzzy feeling in your relationship, since most of have enough frustration, wouldn't more warm and fuzzy feelings be a good thing?
A little okay advice overshadowed by bad writing  Jan 15, 2006
I'm not much of a reader of self-help books. This may actually be my first. I was browsing all the nether-regions of Borders, and it was featured in the self-help section. I thought it couldn't hurt to know the "secrets." I didn't expect to find stellar writing, but this seemed particularly bad. It's poorly organized, jumping from topic to topic, tangent to tangent, and often not tying any of it together. While some of the advice is insightful, the writing is bad enough to be distracting. The authors go to the trouble of making up dialogue to illustrate examples, but it is melodramatic and sounds like nothing anyone would actually say. Every positive example seems to end with people crying and being overcome with a feeling of great warmth. I felt like the amount of actual wisdom in this book could be condensed into a magazine article.
This is a book I WANT to read again and again!  Sep 3, 2002
7 Best Things ought to be a number 1 best seller! I thought I knew a few things about relationships, but until reading this book I was in emotional kindergarten. By the time I completed reading just half of 7 Best Things, my relationship quotient increased about 20 times.

After trying and trying and trying for years to deal with difficult issues in my marriage, nothing seemed to work. I was spinning my wheels. I read this book and, voila, I have confidence that this relationship will be positively resolved. Next time I'm invited to a wedding, 7 Best Things will be one of the gifts I buy. Wish I'd read it many years ago! It has given me the tools I need for my relationship. Other books haven't helped at all. My eyes have been opened. I now know what I didn't know before about having a fulfilling, adult relationship! Thank you, Linda and John Friel!!!!!


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