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Prince Harming Syndrome: Break Bad Relationship Patterns for Good—5 Essentials for Finding True Love (and they're not what you think) Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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About the Author

About author Karen Salmansohn

Karen Salmansohn is an ex Senior VP ad agency creative director (at age 26) who left her job to pursue her passion of writing and is now a best-selling author with over 1 million books sold, with titles including How to Be Happy, Dammit; Ballsy: 99 Ways to Score Extreme Success; and The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses.


Salmansohn, a highly respected mentor in the New York City area, regularly gives seminars on topics such as how to increase happiness, productivity, resiliency and harnessing fun as a high performance fuel. Karen was host of Be Happy, Dammit, a popular talk show on Sirius satellite radio, and a regular lifestyle expert for Fox TV's Good Day New York. She has also been on The Today Show, The View, Politically Incorrect, and many morning shows across the country. Salmansohn is also a regular contributor to The Huffington
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: QNY; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084370926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843709261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Salmansohn (http://notsalmon.com/) is a best selling author and award winning designer - with over 1 million books sold - who is passionate about empowering people to live their happiest, highest potential lives. She's known for creating a new breed of self help - for people who would never be caught dead doing self help - because she merges a range of psychological and philosophical research with humor and stylish graphics.

Some popular titles: HOW TO BE HAPPY DAMMIT, ENOUGH DAMMIT, THE BOUNCE BACK BOOK, PRINCE HARMING SYNDROME, and INSTANT HAPPY.

Some popular webinars: THE DO IT PROGRAM (Turn your diet into a do it - get tools to retrain your brain so you naturally want to eat healthier. Feel and look good - for good!) THE NEVER AGAIN PROGRAM (Say never again to toxic partners. Get tools and support to heal and move on - to find a safe-feeling, supportive relationship with someone who "gets you" and wants to keep you. Toxic love stops here. Happy relationships start now!)

Karen's been a featured happiness expert on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Bill Maher's show - and is also a columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, CNN, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Match, Huffingtonpost - and then some. She's been raved about in such media entities as: The N.Y. Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, New Yorker, etc She's also an in demand keynote speaker on how to increase happiness, creativity, productivity, stick-to-itiveness, and bouncing back from hard times. She gave a TEDx talk on the topic of "Fun Is A High Performance Fuel."

Karen's also the founder of notsalmon.com - a highly popular inspirational site! She calls her site notsalmon - because everyone's always mispronouncing her last name as Salmon - saying Karen SALMON-sohn instead of SALMAN-sohn. So she's always saying NOT-SALMON. She figured it was easier for people to find her on the internet if her site were simply NOT-SALMON.com

She's also known for her viral "Inspirational Flashcard" posters - which have attracted about 350,000 fans on Facebook! She's a big believer that a "spoonful of eye candy helps the self-help medicine go down" - thereby most of her books include playful and kinetic design, which she creative directs. (Her Bounce Back Book even has a symbolic snazzy red rubber cover!)

Some quirky insider info: Karen's shared man-taming tips with Madonna. She's swapped book writing tips with Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra and Peter Guber. She's had her novel optioned by Marissa Tomei and Miramax. She's enjoyed seeing her work featured by Julian Lennon and Eminem - without her ever sending it them! Plus Jon Stewart has read and loved her writing - and specifically told her how much he loves her humor in her writing. He even committed to saying so in an official blurb: "Karen Salmansohn has the spirit and sass of a stand up comic." This makes Karen one of the few (and most likely ONLY!) inspirational authors with Jon-Stewart-approved humor!

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Christine J. Zegelis on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I was asked if I would like to review Prince Harming Syndrome: Break Bad Relationship Patterns for Good - 5 Essentials for Finding True Love (and they're not what you think!) by Karen Salmansohn I thought to myself, why not? I am not a self-help reader, listener, follower but I definitely have a history of starting relationships with those rough and tumble, sexy, sweet-talking, powerful guys only to find that they are just not long-term material, hence the singledom I am still in today. Maybe I would gain some insight as to why these Prince Harmings are so attractive.

Ms. Salmansohn uses her own experiences, research and some advice from that ol' love guru Aristotle to differentiate between three kinds of relationships (some for pleasure and one for happiness), to explain the difference between charm and character, and to explain the five essential elements one should include when looking for in a Prince Harming:

1. Does he want to be in a committed relationship?
2. Does he value growing as a person?
3. 4. 5. You will have to read the book to find out.

Ms. Salmansohn encourages the reader to write down what your "happily ever after ending" would include in great detail (including the five elements she lists) and to read and visualize your response for 5 minutes, three times a day. Eventually, visualizing positive images and thoughts will lead to a more positive outlook on relationships and life in general. There are also questions that should be asked of your potential Prince before you devote your self (and/or your body) to them and the relationship. This book is not only about the men.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on December 8, 2010
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I love this book! I am a mental health therapist who has had her eye open for a book such as this for quite some time. I've had a number of female clients over the years who struggle with the common problem of choosing men/being attracted to men who end up being "jerks", "losers", "users", or simply not the "marriage material" they thought. I think this author takes a unique, but very common sense approach to the problem, breaking down her points into easy-to-read and humorous excerpts. She speaks personally as if writing woman to woman, and at the same time essentially educates women about paying attention to the reality of the man they are considering/dating versus considering/dating that man's potential. I think this book can really help women stay focused on developing their own self respect, giving easy to follow guidelines to help decipher the qualities they are looking for, and in turn aide women to be able to see a man for what he is versus being fooled or caught in a fantasy of who he is. She really trumps other relationship self-help books when it comes to the section about maintaining a healthy relationship with a good man, too. After years of counseling women who become dissappointed, hurt, and at times blindsided by the man they are dating or married to--and counseling some of those men they've ended up with--I think this author really pegs the topic and clearly knows the core of what true, mature love is. I've recommended it a number of times and will continue to do so!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan on January 1, 2010
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I was so surprised by this book. I am always open to new self help books but this one wasn't like others I have read. I discovered this author on [...] when reading an excerpt of the book and wanted to check out the whole thing. It looks at your past relationships and how you can use them to heal and be ready for your great love (plan B!) It also uses ancient philosophy as back-up and lots of research from respected psychologists (ex. John Gottman). She sometimes goes overboard with the puns and silly phrases, but that was very easy to overlook given the message of the book - how to attract your soulmate (using law of attracting and also some concrete advice) and what to look for in a potential mate, but also making sure you are ready to give in the relationship.
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By Donna on April 26, 2014
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I'm a Transformational Life Coach helping women grow through difficulties such as divorce or abuse. This is a great book for anyone looking to grow through transition and apply the work that it takes to get to a place where you want to attract healthy individuals. Since it's written in a comedic style, it's easy to get through quickly. I know of five women who applied the information and found the love of their lives. I hope you do too.
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This has been a great help in working through what I want in relationships. In some previous relationships, I would feel like I was dating a a Prince Harming but no idea how to describe it. Reading this book, I was like "Yes!" "This!" So it has helped to make a great definition of what makes someone a Prince Harming. I am working through the exercises in the book and find them very helpful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peg on October 2, 2009
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I am a huge fan of Karen Salmansohn so I was excited to read Prince Harming Syndrome the second I heard about it. This book is does not disappoint, it has shifted my thinking about relationships completely. Karen brings the message in her fun, witty way that makes this book and her utterly fabulous!
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