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Don't Bet on the Prince! How To Have The Man You Want by Betting on Yourself Paperback – January 15, 1999

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No matter how far women may have come--in education, in the workplace, in becoming independent--too many of us are still waiting to be rescued by Prince Charming. Well stop waiting, Dr. Gilda Carle tells us. He ain't coming and it's time we took responsibility for ourselves.

Don't Bet on the Prince: How to Have the Man You Want by Betting on Yourself is a hard-hitting book that tells it as it is: while most women continue to seek their Prince Charming, what they're most likely to end up with is "Mr. Cheap, Mr. Bad-Mannered, Mr. Ill-Tempered ... Mr. My-Wife-Doesn't-Understand-Me." This is not a male-bashing book. This is a guide to helping women become stronger and more independent, becoming "Will-Be" women instead of "Wanna-Be" women. To the women who have the unfortunate tendency to lose themselves in their relationships, causing their self-esteem to plummet and giving the men in their lives too much control, Dr. Carle gives sensible advice ("Ask for What You Need and Believe You Deserve It") along with "Gilda-Grams," pithy summarizations of her wisdom (as in "Forget the 12-Step programs. Women in pain need only two steps: Get up. Get out."). After a thorough discussion of how to develop a better self-image, thus finding a healthier mate, the author advises how to keep your relationship going, not by using games, but by projecting a stronger you. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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<div>"Dr. Gilda Carle takes an amusing and honest look at women who 'bet on the prince' and empowers them instead to 'bet on themselves.' Good advice, as provocative and humorous as it is sensible."-- John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"In the years that Dr. Gilda Carle has been counseling guests on my show, her practical advice and vibrant personality have endeared her to millions of viewers. Now this book finally presents her wisdom in a cohesive, accessible, and humorous way for women to find fulfillment in their relationships-- and, most important, within themselves." --Sally Jessy Raphael
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"Dr. Gilda Carle takes an amusing and honest look at women who 'bet on the prince' and empowers them instead to 'bet on themselves.' Good advice, as provocative and humorous as it is sensible."-- John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus "In the years that Dr. Gilda Carle has been counseling guests on my show, her practical advice and vibrant personality have endeared her to millions of viewers. Now this book finally presents her wisdom in a cohesive, accessible, and humorous way for women to find fulfillment in their relationships-- and, most important, within themselves." --Sally Jessy Raphael
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Reprint edition (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582380244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582380247
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I received this book from my godmother in the middle of my break up with my fiance. I must say that this book helped me so much and I realized that I was in love with the idea of getting married and not in love with the man I almost did marry. This book has soo much good advice in it for woman who are either married or single. Don't take my advice, buy it and you will love it too.
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I really wondered what I could get from this book after 13 years of marriage to a great guy who is also the great father of my children. But let me tell you there is so much here! The self-assessments made me realize how much more criticizing than complimenting I was doing, how I was getting too busy to play, and most of all gave communication techniques. It's true that my husband was attracted to me for the power and self-confidence I had when we first met, but so much of it had waned over time. I'm looking forward to really working on myself so that I can add that faceted sparkle to our relationship again. Thank you Dr. Gilda!
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Just wanted to say...I have recently purchased, and am in the process of reading the book entitled "Don't Bet On The Prince" by Dr. Gilda Carle..I must say, this is one of the refreshing and enlightening books I have read in a long time...It's timely message has helped me more than I can begin to say... Dr.Gilda has answered so many questions that I have had in my heart for so very long..It is teaching me about myself and the mechanics of the female heart! The book is written from Dr. Gilda's heart to all the broken hearted and disillusioned women of our time... Surely a masterpiece that stands alone in its class! I applaud Dr. Gilda for her frankness and boldness to share and explain the complex issues of the human heart..Her motive is clear... to help the hurting and get them back on the road to recovery! I highly recommend this wonderful book to all women that are confused, disoriented, used, abused, mistreated, etc.. Get it at all costs, read it. and get back your dignity, self-confidence, pride and self-worth ! Women were created to be loved, treated tenderly and not abused! Dr. Gilda, your book is truly an answer to prayer...May you be blessed beyond measure for all the good that you do with a pure heart for all the hurting women of our time ! Love to Dr. Gilda, and to all who read this review !
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"Don't Bet on the Prince!" is an amazing book. And the fact that I read it cover-to-cover proves it's not just for women. As Dr. Gilda suggests, I interpreted the subtitle as "How to Have the GOAL You Want by Betting on Yourself." I first went to Dr. Gilda's website, [...], and read the testimonials about her and this book--from both women AND MEN! Then I read the book, but I especially COMPLETED EACH SELF-ASSESSMENT. They sparked my motivation to complete the writing, illustration, and publishing of my children's book, "Cosmic Carol: Adventures in Color." I had been working on the book for about 10 years. But "Don't Bet on the Prince!" pushed me to realize that if my book would ever get out there, it would have to be totally up to me. I abandoned my pipe dreams, and got to work. "Cosmic Carol" is now just the first in a children's book SERIES! And it was not because some "prince" made it happen. There's only one way to make life happen: We must be our own "princes." Thank you, Dr. Gilda, for impacting my life!
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I've searched online and been recommended many relationship books, often written by men, that basically are condescending. The general theme of the books have been: be nice, look pretty, smile, don't rock the boat. Blah Blah! Don't bet on the prince however is very empowering and a must-read especially in this era in which there are tons of books urging women to be more proactive (i.e. Lean In). This book first promotes the idea that a woman must value herself first in order to attract the type of love she deserves. Once you you value and love yourself, you will attract a man who will do the same ( value and love you). It is a very empowering book that treats the reader as if she has some intelligence. I would have preferred that more of the anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book be supported by research findings or data, but otherwise I highly recommend this book above all other relationship books out there.
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