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Making Marriage Work For Dummies [Paperback]

Markus Steffen , Sue Klavans Simring , Gene Busnar
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November 22, 1999 0764551736 978-0764551734 1
The inspiration for countless one-liners, witty sayings, stage farces and not a few murder mysteries, marriage is more than just a relationship between two people. It’s  one of life’s biggest adventures and a healthy marriage can be one of life’s greatest gifts. But weathering the stresses and strains of married life and maintaining healthy marital bonds over a span of decades takes work, and sometimes you need help from a friendly expert. Which is where Making Marriage Work For Dummies comes in.

Drawing on their experiences with thirty years of marriage, during which they raised three children, as well as decades of couples counseling, experts Steven and Sue Simring show you how to build a strong, happy and long-lasting marriage. They offer priceless tips on how to deal with most problems that come up between married couples, and they offer advice on how to:

  • Make your relationship more romantic
  • Work out big and small differences
  • Argue in ways that strengthen you relationship
  • Resolve disputes over money
  • Cope with mid-life change
  • Handle a spouse who cheats
  • Deal with families and in-laws
  • Reduce stress on your marriage
  • Understand your partner’s annoying habits and quirks
  • Balance career and family goals
  • Seek professional help when you need it

Illustrating their points with insightful, often amusing anecdotes from their own marriage and from the marriages of hundreds of couples they’ve counseled over the years, the Simrings explore such crucial topics as:

  • Deciding if marriage is right for you
  • Six common marriage myths
  • Understanding the roots of marital problems
  • Communicating with your partner
  • The do’s and don’ts of fair marital fighting
  • Making marriage sexy
  • Examining the marriage life cycle
  • Ideas for resolving money differences
  • Succeeding with remarriage

Filled with ideas you can use now to keep your marriage as strong as the day you took your vows, this is a survival guide for everyone committed to making marriage work.

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"The premier therapist team in the country — husband-and-wife therapists Dr. Steve and Sue Simring" — Montel Williams

Features useful tools and techniques to keep communication strong!

With proven strategies for managing money, sex, and the in-laws!

Filled with ideas you can use now to build on that day you took your vows! Drawing on their own experience, including thirty years of marriage, three children, and decades of couples counseling, expert authors Steven and Sue Simring show you how to build a strong, happy, and long-lasting marriage — and explain how to deal constructively with any problems along the way.

Discover how to: Keep your marriage strong Spice up your sex life Develop conflict-resolution skills Cope with midlife change Find alternatives to divorce Succeed with remarriage

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About the Author

Steven Simring, M.D., M.P.H., and Sue Klavans Simring, D.S.W., are experienced lecturers and psychotherapists who have appeared regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Montel Williams Show. Gene Busnar is a freelance writer.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551734
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I've read a number of self-help books on marriage, and this is the best by far. The "Dummies"-style organization makes the book extremely user-friendly. I can find useful information on just about any aspect of marriage--whether it's dealing with in-laws, disputes over money, love-making issues, or dividing up household chores.
Drs. Sue and Steve Simring are not only experts on the subject of marriage and skilled writers. They also bring the in-the-trenches wisdom of their own thirty year marriage to the table. Reading "Making Marriage Work For Dummies" gives me a real sense of what it takes to keep my relationship strong, and deal with problems as they come up.
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Marriage work for dummies August 2, 2003
I think everyone who has been married should have a chance to read this book. It is so easy to read, so encouraging and to the point. The authors are fantastic. Because of what I have read in this book I have changed, on my own and in a very positive way. My spouse and I talked, and are going through marriage counseling. Something we would not have done if I had not read this book.
Thank you "for dummies" for making life simplier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Marriage Work For Dummies January 14, 2014
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Making Marriage Work For Dummies, sounds like a humorous book to give someone, but it is full of great ideas to make a marriage a very HAPPY PLACE. A must read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars excellent advice October 22, 2013
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Excellent advice for brides or even brides to be. The chapters were very insightful, as well as informative. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good if both partners are willing to read it August 5, 2013
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Useful and I could relate a lot of issues to examples in the book. But it takes two to tango... I wish the next couple to read it more success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOd READ January 4, 2013
By iAngel
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i got this 4 my husband... its funny b/C he reads it and uses it on me... like you need to do something in here lol....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read June 20, 2013
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Had some very good pointers on how to keep things fresh in your marriage . Goes into different
Stages of the marriage. Would suggest to others
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought this as a gift
I bought this for my mother and new husband's wedding present. His 4th marriage, her 3rd. thought it was appropriate considering how many times they haven't been able to make it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Bought this as a gift for my cousin that was getting married just after christmas. he loved it, and how can ya go wrong?
Published 18 months ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent basis for discussion
This book outlines techniques for arguing and understanding your partner pretty well. It has some detail about things you and your partner can do to spice up your relationship and... Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Susan Ida Ehrenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for adventurous young couple
I have a friend about to get married with 24 years old. Here at that age is considered a rush decision (where not?). Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by Leonardo Giovanetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Marriage does work for dummies
This book was given as a wedding gift and accourding to the now man and wife the book was full of common sense but was a good reminder of the dos and donts in the marriage life.
Published on September 23, 2009 by M. Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars Making my marriage work
I have never been married before and i needed a guide to make things work. This book is it - tips and hints that you can use to follow to help your marriage work. Read more
Published on April 6, 2006 by Scott Allinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Politically correct
Politically correct to the point of self-deception.
Published on July 30, 2003
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