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Marriage today is stronger than it has been in decades, writes Parker-Pope (The Hormone Decision), author of the New York Times's Well blog. Interviewing biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and sociologists, she explores the science that can explain why a marriage succeeds—examining such areas as monogamy, love, sex, children, money, and housework—and translates the science into practical advice. For instance, while monogamy is not the norm among animals, it's certainly possible for some animals and for humans to remain sexually and socially faithful to one partner. Further, regular sex should be part of a good marriage even if it occurs less frequently over time. As for conflict, learning how to fight fairly allows partners to air differences without damaging their relationship. Describing the unhappy end of her own marriage, she looks at those relationships at high risk for divorce, such as the pursuer-distancer marriage (with the pursuer usually the woman) and the operatic marriage (characterized by dramatic highs and lows). Although the scientific research adds depth, much of the relationship advice is familiar and commonsensical, but married couples will still benefit from this refresher course. (May)
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Nice summary of the latest findings in making marriage last. Positive approach is appreciated.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was infuriating to read. She, first of all, isn't really qualified to make a lot of the claims that she does throughout the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Galiher
In a relationship? Or thinking about being in one? But this book! It's worth if.Published 9 months ago by Annett Smith
If you'll only ever read one marriage advice book, make it this one.
This is marriage advice of the BEST kind, based on solid research rather than flimsy platitudes or... Read more
not as good as expected, I read it while already separated and then loaned it to a co worker and she really benefited from the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Katiew7459
I've read several marriage books and this was the best. It more looks at marriage more scientifically and really shows how not everyone gets divorced. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carolina Falcon
I needed the book for a seminar in college. I learned a lot about relationships and how to improve my own. The book arrived in perfect condition.Published on September 2, 2013 by Britney Ometz
This book is easy and interesting reading. It sites research that is both informative and useful.
I will be incorporating some of these tools into my own marriage.
This book provides an excellent summary about the various academic studies that have been conducted around the subject of marriage. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Jacque Small, Author of Divine Divorce