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Married to Distraction: How to Restore Intimacy and Strengthen Your Partnership in an Age of Interruption Paperback – February 8, 2011
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“I urge all people who yearn for more in their marriages to read this book—in particular, those hungry to move beyond conflict and condemnation to connection and understanding.”—Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness
“Wise and compassionate . . . This is a unique, engaging, and profoundly helpful book. It can save a marriage or simply help people in happy marriages get closer and feel more fulfilled.”—Suzy Welch, author of 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea
“This timely book could save your marriage.” —Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age
“Clear-sighted wisdom . . . Those in search of practical, concrete advice for creating and saving marriages will find what they need.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is now the director of the Hallowell Centers in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, and the Boston area. He is the co-author of Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, as well as the author of CrazyBusy, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles. He also hosts a weekly podcast called Distraction that offers practical solutions on how to focus and regain control in today’s digital world.
Sue George Hallowell, LICSW, has been a practicing couples’ therapist for more than twenty-five years. The Hallowells are the parents of three teenage children. They live in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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On a personal level, I also found it helpful. I think the advice in the book will be very helpful for my future romantic relationships.
The book is full of stories and suggestions that can help get your focus on your partner and includes insights that are subtler than most of us would notice on our own. For example, he points out (p. 107+) how most of us are so scattered, we love it when we do even up getting riveted by something. This makes a "scattered-brain" more prone to addictions like gambling or pornography, which grab your attention by the shirt collar.
Some of the what-you-can-do suggestions, such as "just turn it off" (your smart phone, that is), will be obvious, but the act of reading the book and investing in Dr. Halowell's knowledge can help give you resolve to take such steps. Overall, the book's greatest strength is it's focus on communication.
Other books to consider: If ADHD is causing problems in your relationship The ADHD Marriage Workbook A User-Friendly Guide to Improving Your Relationship (which has ADHD-friendly format) or for general improved marriage communications Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, 20th Anniversary Edition
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Can sum the book up in one word.....communication