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The Balanced Relationship Barometer: Make Your Love Relationship The Best It Can Be. Paperback – June 5, 2015
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During Michael Gabriel's senior executive leadership roles at HBO, NBC, the National Basketball Association and EMI Records Group, he was an innovator who solved complex challenges, an inventor on six media and entertainment technology patents, and was a founding executive leader of the industry transforming HBO GO Internet initiative. Gabriel’s journey to write “The Balanced Relationship Barometer” began after he and his wife of 10 years decided to divorce. He set out on a quest of self-awareness to help his daughter, and others, avoid a similar painful relationship situation. He experienced lingering questions that perplex many people who are in, or want to be in, a romantic relationship: • What had they truly valued in each other? • Which attributes had they each disliked, yet optimistically hoped they would be able to change? • Why did they continue in the relationship, despite the warning signs? • Could their future relationship dissatisfaction have been forecasted, and their issues better addressed or avoided? Gabriel’s pursuit of personal research, insight and observation to answer these questions became the framework of “The Balanced Relationship Barometer” book. His expertise, combining business problem solving with a technology background, led him to develop a supporting mobile app, “Relationship Barometer.” Both the book and the mobile app provide a clear, non-clinical, practical approach with guidance to achieve healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Gabriel is currently the CEO of Double Angel Productions LLC, sits on the advisory boards of several Universities and Councils, and continues to develop creative, effective ways to measure and improve the way we live, work and enjoy life.
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Being a Psychology and Behavioral Science major I am very interested in how people act and react. It is not only that though, it's the fact that we have a relationship, of a sort, with every person we meet. Even the people down at Subway that we just order our lunch from weekly. These types of concepts can be taken and used not only for those relationships, but more importantly, with the relationships that you want to keep for the rest of your life.
Full disclosure: I love my husband. He's a pain sometimes but he is my husband and we are trying to make things work. We just got through an extremely tough two years but lately I have still been feeling down. As I said above, I'm a Psychology major, I should know how to fix this, but I can only work on myself. If my hubby does not want to do something, then that is up to him. This book has some easy to use techniques to help bring communication to the forefront and to help you and your partner know how you feel without all the mess.
The one thing I really like is the three questions.
What you HAVE to have in your relationship
What you would LIKE to have.
What you would hate. The make/break things.
This is so succinct! Everyone can answer those questions. My hubby was even able to answer the last one and he never, ever complains. I was able to discuss with him the things that I felt I MUST have and the things that I can probably chill out about but would still like to have. These three things made our communication fabulous. We were already communicating pretty well, we do have 14 years practice, but sometimes our egos get in the way. These three bullet points helped to narrow down the most important struggles that we have daily. AND helped my hubby explain what he hates.
What I love about this book is that it is real. Michael discusses the chemicals that we all have when relationships start and what to do when those very same chemicals that make you feel like you're in love, start to wane, and then you wonder what in the world you were thinking! He peppers advice with psychological research and anecdotes that anyone can related to.
"Understand the reality that it's extremely difficult to change another person, unless they really want to change for themselves."
"Compatibility is not just about whether you have the same favorite sort or food, but what you each uniquely want and need from a relationship, and how that plays out in the dynamics of your interactions."
There is an app that is included for free with the book, however, since this was just published I was not able to play with the app. I plan to use it when it is approved and come back to update the review. For now, I think this is a great, and positive way, to get people talking in a manner which encourages trust.
Received by publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
On one hand, I believe recording events that either bother you, or excite you, helps you better evaluate a relationship (especially if you can remember to catch the good as well as the bad...since we are more likely to focus on the bad events), however constantly "rating" your relationship could also become a little obsessive. Ultimately, I took a few things from the guidelines, and let the rest (including the app) go.
I received this book for free from NetGalley for my honest review.