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In her newest book, Schlessinger (10 Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives) relies upon her experience in private practice, radio and letters she received from men and women in tackling the issue of women who mistreat their men and suffer the consequences of unhappiness. The women who criticize their husbands in the stories that Schlessinger relates are depressed in their marriages and feel little love from their husbands. Unabashedly asserting that man is a "very simple creature," who needs only "direct communication, respect, appreciation, food, and good loving'" to respond with devotion, compassion and love, this controversial marriage and family therapist claims that every woman can achieve a deeply satisfying marriage if she adheres to certain fundamentals men require. Preparing dinner, caring for the children without complaint, greeting her husband with a kiss and engaging in sexual intimacy instead of "tearing down a husband's necessary sense of strength and importance" can result in the harmonious marriage women crave. While many of her listeners and readers claim her unequivocal advice has salvaged teetering marriages and improved marital harmony, others perceive Schlessinger as a throwback to what many see as years of female oppression in the home.
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Dr. Laura gets back into the battle of the sexes in this new offering, which will bring Marabel Morgan's Total Woman (1975) to the minds of readers of a certain age. Schlessinger doesn't advise women to greet their husband in saran wrap, as Morgan did, but she does tell women to shape up, literally and figuratively. Women need to understand that men are sensitive creatures who want to protect and cherish their wives. Is it any wonder that marriages go bad when churlish female spouses withdraw their affection, make unreasonable demands, and don't understand the male nature? In point of fact, there is nothing wrong with (or revolutionary about) Schlessinger's core point: be nicer and more nurturing to your spouse, and he will be nicer to you. But she beats her message to death, resorting to wild generalizations; repeating ideas, thoughts, and phrases ad infinitum; and bolstering her arguments with endless examples from callers and fax writers who are all making mistakes until shown the light. Not surprisingly, Dr. Laura promises no similar title for the care and feeding of wives. Apparently there would be no fun in that. Ilene Cooper
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I love listening to Dr. Laura Schlessinger on the radio, and really appreciate all the wonderful advice that she gives out. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by jean987
This book should be required reading before a woman gets married!Published 2 days ago by Lori Allison
Read this in two days! I went into it with a negative outlook, to be honest, and finished the book with lots of hope that I could change things for the better! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Danielle B.
I read it twice. It was simply ok. It offered a slightly different view on relationships.Published 4 days ago by Lori Ford
Every girl should read this, beneficial informative book. Men think & feel much differently than us, having insight into their uniqueness is helpful for a healthy relationship.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book puts into prospective how self-centric women can often be when they view themselves and their relationship with their significant other. Read morePublished 17 days ago by 2L@CU
I read this book bc I came to a pretty rough patch in my relationship. I refuse to give up on my marriage and figured reading this book couldnt hurt. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Dawn