With a mature style that is intellectually appealing, Popcak shares his inspiring conviction that marriage can be a powerfully actualizing enterprise. Drawing on the results of several marriage studies, he contends that while most marriages are "conventional" (read: average), and some are even "impoverished," a fortunate 7% are "exceptional." Having a marriage in the exceptional category, says Popcak, requires a commitment to live your life according to a "Marital Imperative," a motto of sorts that identifies the most important qualities that each partner strives to manifest in life through the marriage. This imperative then becomes the basis for all decision making, including even minor daily activities. In this way, exceptional couples exhibit greater congruence between their actions and beliefs and stand a much greater chance of faithfully exemplifying their most desired personal qualities. Like Stephen Covey and Abraham Harold Maslow, Popcak focuses on the refinement of peak performance. Offering engaging exercises and checklists to help readers clarify their aims and progress along his theoretical pathway to self-actualization, he challenges conventional couples to recognize how much better their marriage could be with a few attitude adjustments and priority clarifications. Self-improvement aficionados will find his approach a welcome and refreshing addition to the genre. Illustrations not seen by PW. (June)
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Gregory K. Popcak, MSW, is a licensed psychotherapist who developed and now runs marriage preparation and marriage enrichment seminars. He also writes regular marriage and family columns for popular and professional journals, and runs a private practice. He lives outside Pittsburgh. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Frankly, I am not a book reader. It was for my wife and I read it aloud for her until losing interest in it; don't know if she finished it on her own.Published 9 months ago by John2908
This is one of the best books on marriage that I have read. Filled with countless suggestions and much practical advice that can take any marriage from where it is and make it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mariasmith
Gregory Popcak knows marriage. His advice is extremely applicable without about being totally obvious. This book is great for couples in all stages/levels/etc.Published 15 months ago by Edward A. Rubin
Highly recommend for anyone married, either for many years or newly wed, or anyone considering taking the plunge. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Susie B.
Filled with great ideas on nurturing your relationship! Love it and really enjoy the author's humor, insights and desire to help people have better marriages.Published on May 20, 2013 by Mrs. Pat Muldoon
This is a book that could change your life if you can accept the lessons and change your behavior. It is not an easy 'fix your marriage without effort' book, but rather a way to... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by CPTJOHNC
I got so much out of this book. I liked the scientific, data-based approach, but it was completely approachable and useful like his other books. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by TXMom
I got this as it was part of a package for our pre-marital counselling. It wasnt mind blowing, it was really common sense packaged. Some may find it useful though.Published on August 30, 2012 by Hags