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Why Can't We Get Along: Healing Adult Sibling Relationships 1st Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0471388425
ISBN-10: 0471388424
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In Beyond Sibling Rivalry, family psychologist Goldenthal showed parents how to deal with feuding children. Here, he directs his well-founded advice at adult siblings, but he lacks focus. While he does address some sibling-specific issues in core chapters (e.g., arguing that one doesn't need to be nice to family members simply because one is "stuck" with them), most of the content is applicable to all relationships. For example, Goldenthal talks about the importance of watching for nonverbal cues and wisely choosing one's battles. The most compelling part of the book is an appendix-like chapter that lists ways for parents to reduce sibling conflict. Overall, most of what Goldenthal covers can be found in other books on relationships. An optional purchase for public libraries.
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From the Back Cover

Praise for Peter Goldenthal?s previous books:

"[Dr. Goldenthal?s] techniques...are presented with insight and clarity. This is a unique and valuable book." —William B. Carey, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"Peter Goldenthal gives us new insights.... This is a must-read book." —Myrna Shure, Ph.D., author of Raising a Thinking Child

Hasn?t it gone on long enough?the rivalry, the jealousy, the pent-up anger, and the grudges rooted in the past? In this book, renowned author and family psychologist Peter Goldenthal offers proven prescriptions for brothers and sisters who want to break through old, destructive patterns and create a richer, more loving, and more rewarding relationship with their adult siblings.

Using dramatic case histories drawn from his own clinical practice, Dr. Goldenthal helps you understand why adult siblings fight. Warmly and insightfully, he presents practical techniques to:

  • Communicate with?and listen to?your sibling
  • Free yourself from past resentments
  • Cope with your sibling?s selfish or inconsiderate behavior
  • Support and comfort a sibling who suffers from mood problems
  • Manage a sibling?s difficult personality
  • Help your children avoid sibling problems
Don?t let old hurts and destructive behavior patterns overshadow the love you feel for your sibling. Read Why Can?t We Get Along? and find the key to establishing warm and loving sibling relationships that will last a lifetime.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471388424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471388425
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 1, 2002
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Even adult siblings sometimes can't break long-standing rivalries or anger. Instead of turning your back on the relationship, read this book, and turn a new leaf. The author gives practical communication tips that will free you from the past and allow you to look to a brighter future with your sibling. For anyone looking to improve his or her sibling relationship, don't miss this book.
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Great guide for me, although I think that the author doesn't address my problem. I can't even begin to have a dialogue with my siblings because I am never allowed to speak. The discussion becomes a monologue, not a dialogue...very frustrating interactions with my siblings. The book mainly validated some of the observations/characteristics that I see with my family's dysfunctions, and would like to see change.
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Makes me think of my relationship with my own siblings. Parents play a large part in how their children relate to each other. Healing is difficult but not impossible. You can accept your differences or remove yourself from the situation for your own sanity.
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I enjoyed this book so much I bought another as a gift for someone. I truly wish I had found this book as a teen...it would have helped me understand 90 percent o f my family members...maybe helped prevent a suicide that took place had we known how to deal with the issues that took place before the suicide.
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I've read several titles about dealing with unhappy sibling relationships.

This book is by far the best. It covers the range of the most situations in the difficult sibling spectrum and gives practical, compassionate advice on how to deal with your brother or sister.

After reading it, I felt I had a better perspective on my personal situation and the tools to handle future interactions.
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This book is an education in itself. Very informative. Learned alot about myself and my brothers. Helped me deal with some issues.
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