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Praise for Broken Promises, Mended Hearts

"Dr. Joel Block brings us back to the real possibility of personal enrichment and happiness that a love-trust relationship brings. He explains that there is no 'us' without trust. "
--Daniel Araoz, Founder of the American Journal of Family Therapy

A small lie about a purchase, a slight exaggeration about a job promotion, a cover-up about a forgotten birthday. According to renowned psychologist Joel D. Block, it is these common, everyday breaches of trust that erode even the strongest relationships, oftenas much as sexual infidelity. Over time, intimate confidences are weakened and the foundation of trust--and the relationship itself--begins to crumble.

Broken Promises, Mended Hearts offers couples and individuals innovative, solution-oriented approach to restoring trust and repairing love relationships damaged by mistrust. Filled with inspiring case studies and numerous self-diagnostic tests, Dr. Block discusses:

  • Understanding the influence of your past relationships
  • Dealing with jealousy, the destroyer of trust
  • Overcoming feelings of inadequacy
  • Saving the relationship after an affair
  • Knowing when it's time to leave

Trust is the bedrock of any love relationship. It is the bloodline of romantic passion. And it is Dr. Block's firm belief that when couples feel emotionally safe with each other--when they trust each other--their relationship is more open, uninhibited, and passionate.

About the Author

Joel D. Block, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing couple and individual therapy. A diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is a senior psychologist on the staff of the Human Sexuality Center of Long Island Jewish Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The author of ten books and numerous professional articles, he has appeared on "Good Morning, America" and "Today" and has been a psychology consultant for ABC. Dr. Block lives and practices in Huntington, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; 1 edition (December 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809223988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809223985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The reason I picked up this book in Amazon is I started a relationship with someone I could not trust. Unlike the pop entertaining self-help books you find nowadays in the bookstores, this book has a very compassionate writing style to help one learning how and why they could not find trust in their relationships. This book covers various topics about why trust is being breached:
1. Everyday behaviors that small promises are broken (never call when they say they will call, canceling a birthday dinner, etc)
2. Jealousy games (flirting with others, commenting your attractions to others/others' attractions towards you, etc)
3. Childhood and Family Experience
4. Some of the roots of the infidelity/affairs that lead to the break of trust
5. The lack of communication (especially communicating their most inner thoughts/feelings)

This book also talks about realistic expectations of seeking couple/marriage counseling as well as many helpful tools/techniques to build/re-build a trusting relationship with your partner (it gets worse before it gets better). Dr. Block states that trust is being breached when reliability and consistency of one's behavior is not developed. When couples were hurt by each other's past behavior, the most important thing for one to do is to heal the pain and Dr. Block provides specific steps in how to do so (e.g. sticking with the issues than trying to open the old wounds, express how you feel rather than becoming defensive, etc).

In my opinion, people sometimes have reasons to be distrustful.
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Reading this book, it detailed many ways that trust can be damaged, but I was not finding much information on how to mend my heart. Perhaps I didn't read far enough, but after reading a good 2/3 into the book I put it down and moved on to another that was immensely more helpful. I don't know the etiquette of mentioning the title here, but I'm about to review it so if you're interested, click through to my reviews.
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BROKEN PROMISES, MENDED HEARTS, provides answers to many questions concerning trust issues in love relationships. Dr. Block remains consistent in his ability to write with the reader in mind, and his compassionate approach to writing makes this book particularly helpful with such a delicate subject as dealing with one's "heart". He covers many topics such as: everyday events that break down trust, playing jealousy games, to the struggle with vulnerability. Through the use of questionnaires, Dr. Block encourages the reader to take an active approach to learning about their own relationship struggles. He ultimately helps the reader understand the mechanics behind their issues with a sensitive yet direct technique. GRAND APPLAUSE FOR DR. BLOCK!
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This book helped me and my young wife go through a troubled period. Dr. Block's emphasis on maintaining and rejuvinating trust in the couple showed us the way to get along and reinvigorated our relationship. This book is a wonderful tool in any relationship, whether in trouble or not.
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Trust can be the one factor that can bind or erode a couple's relationship. Dr. Block's excellent book confronts this issue by recognizing triggers that interfere and destroy that trust. Through the recognition of one's past and the learning to separate it from the present,as well as developing a more forthright style of communication, Dr. Block's book leads a couple in a most useful and positive direction that can only correct, improve, and enhance their chances for a successful relationship. An important book that is extremely instructive and useful for all couples to read. It is very highly recommended.
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As a therapist working with couples for the past thirty years, I found this book to be one of the most helpful and inspiring. Trust...the loss of it and the repairing process, as Dr. Block poignantly shows us, is one of the most crucial issues. Dr. Block's clarity and wisdom as a clinician and as an author is to be commended.
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By Vernell on December 13, 2011
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Not only was Dr. Block's book informative and effective in dealing with mistakes made....it offered guidance so that future relationship issues might be avoided. A great guy that really wants to see others helped and will answer every email sent him! A must read for the new couple or for the long-termers.
-V.E. Dixon
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This is the most important book I have ever read. My partner and I finally understand WHy we made the mistakes. Only then could we fix them and not repeat them. If you read nothing else ever, read this book. Your life will make complete sense
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