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ImPerfect Phrases For Relationships: 101 COMMON Things You Should Never Say To Someone Important To You... And What To Say Instead Paperback – March 16, 2012
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I like the format of the book, in that, it succinctly breaks each chapter into 3 sections: the imperfect phrase/s, what it/they really mean/s, and how to better rephrase it/them. The "make it better" section has been pretty insightful, practical, simple, and effective. The overall format is concise and to-the-point, which I especially like. It has been a beneficial tool for me (so far) since I'm from another culture and country. However, I cannot unwaveringly recommend it yet, at least not until the following cons have been rectified.
1) I do not, at all, appreciate some of the profane innuendos Robert uses. Today, I was reading about the phrase "Get
off my back" (#17) and the author in his explanation of the phrase says, "You might as well say, "F*** off",..." (the
author did not spell out the actual words, but instead (thankfully) used asterisks)!! Now, was that really necessary
to include, as part of his "explanation"? Imagine your young son/daughter picking up the book
and opening up to this section at home, and then comes over to you and asks you for the meaning of those words
(F*** off)!! How would you like that?? And, lets say, little Johny decides to use "F*** off" in school with his
friends because he learned it from daddy's book on how to communicate better with mommy!!
2) In the beginning of the book, I encountered several spelling errors! It seems that thorough proof-reading
and editorial efforts to achieve/surpass the overall quality was compromised at the expense of getting the book out
in the market prematurely. I still have 2/3rds of the book left to finish reading.
Overall, it's a good tool to learn healthier communication patterns. I also like most of the material because of its conciseness and practicality. I have grown to communicate better with my wife, thanks to some of the principles and examples outlined in this book. Nevertheless, I do find some content objectionable and unnecessary, as described above. I would be cautious and a bit hesitant to recommend this book, at this point, to many of my friends - especially with kids.