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Like the tides, marriages are always in motion, according to psychiatrists, coauthors, and marital partners Jacqueline Olds and Richard Schwartz. They claim that learning to respect and accommodate the natural rhythm of closeness and separation is crucial to having a successful marriage. Unfortunately, many people believe that a healthy marriage is always intensely intimate and anything less is a sign of trouble. "Yet a moment's honest reflection, even in the best of marriages and friendships, will confirm a simple though troubling observation: people are almost always moving closer together or further apart," the authors write. This natural ebb and flow--going through periods of distance and then coming together and rediscovering intimacy--can even be a joyful process if couples are careful not to drift too far apart.

Olds and Schwartz offer chapters for couples of all ages and in all stages of marriage. Using anecdotes from real-life couples, as well as their experience as therapists, the authors delve into common marital problems such as jealousy, adulterous urges, one partner desiring more intimacy than the other, and both partners being too busy with work and child-rearing to be sexually intimate. No matter where this thoughtful couple drifts, they manage to stay anchored in sensible and intelligent advice, making it a worthy read for anyone who's struggled with the ebb and flow of intimacy (which means just about everyone). --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard S. Schwartz is an adult psychiatrist and associate clinical professor at Harvard Medical School; Jacqueline Olds is a child and adult psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. They both teach within the Massachussetts General Hospital-McLean Hospital Combined Residency Programs. Married to each other and with two children in college, they each maintain a private practice in Cambridge, Massachussets, Their website address is www.marriageinmotion.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738208302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738208305
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I've been a therapist for many years, and I'm always on the lookout for books that both improve my understanding of couples, and also that couples in therapy can profit from reading (like some of John Gottman's books). Marriage in Motion is exactly this kind of book. It's erudite without being stuffy, and informative without being pedantic. It also displays a knowledge of the deep structure of marriages that has rarely been written about. Added to this is the sensitivity and compassion of the authors displayed toward the couples they describe. By the time I finished the book, I actually felt I had learned something new and helpful about couples, in and out of therapy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2001
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While reading this book I found myself thinking that it would be great to have the authors as therapists for me and my spouse. By the time I was finished I felt I had, feelings shared by my spouse, who also read it. This book manages to pack an amazing amount of useful information into a small enough volume that my usual excuse - I don't have the time to read - could not be applied to avoid it. With its good-humored, down-to-earth yet professional style I found it reader-friendly and genuinely instructive.
If your marriage is not an absolute wreck this book could help you save a considerable amount of money by either obviating the need for, or shortening the length of, marriage counseling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2000
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The author's collective narrative, written from a peer level that alludes to their own marital adaptations, combined with research and therapeutic examples, creates an imminently readable book. The tone is conversational, the issues discussed important to all families. I highly recommend this book.
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