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The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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"Masters and Johnson, it's time to move over. The Normal Bar mixes together sex, savvy insights and science, making you laugh while you learn. Bet you haven't done that in a while."
--Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, NBC News Chief Medical Editor
“Money? Sex? Deep dark secrets? If you wonder how your relationship compares with the rest of the world, The Normal Bar offers you a comprehensive heads up -- most important, it suggests that growing healthier and happier may not be mission impossible.”
--Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, author of The Return of Desire, The Heart & Soul of Sex, and Women Who Love Sex
“The Normal Bar is an innovative, easy to read book filled with novel findings about relationships and helpful suggestions on making relationships better. I will use the important findings from The Normal Bar in my classes, in my papers and in my clinical work.”
--Howard J. Markman, Ph.D., author of Fighting for Your Marriage
“The Normal Bar is more than a collection of surprising information--it’s one of the most insightful guides to building happier, healthier relationships that I’ve ever read. I was encouraged and comforted by the authors' findings. Simply terrific.”
– Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
"Facts trump opinions every time, and there are an amazing number of surprising facts in this book. Thanks to the authors’ survey—which takes a quantum leap beyond any relationship survey ever undertaken—The Normal Bar marks a turning point in relationship advice books. In my 30 years as a professional student of romantic relationships, this is the only book that's actually taught me something new."
--Greg Godek, author of the national bestseller 1001 Ways to be Romantic
“This outstanding book draws on thousands of surveys to find out what makes couples happy. Besides being entertaining and edifying, The Normal Bar can actually help most couples improve their relationships.”
--Barbara Reskin, Past President of the American Sociological Association
“A fascinating international compendium on women, men, sex and love that -- thank goodness -- busts some entrenched myths about men. In the book you’ll learn whether simple things such as reading to your partner can build deep intimacy, and whether date nights, compliments and laughter can truly keep love alive. You’ll also learn about ‘pet names’ and public displays of affection, and whether they spark romance. This book is scholarly, humorous and wise; above all, it gives superb advice. Indeed, after reading The Normal Bar, you’ll have no excuse if your partnership isn’t a dream come true.”
--Helen Fisher, Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and author of Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
"I'm obsessed with this page-turner of a book! After nineteen years of marriage, I faced divorce and entering the dating world with a whole lot of questions about what was and was not normal. Not only did this book answer everything I'd ever wondered about relationships and what people really want, but it restored my faith in the essential sweetness of humankind. Hot damn!"
--Linda Sivertsen, award-winning author of Generation Green and co-author of the bestselling Your Big Beautiful Book Plan
About the Author
CHRISANNA NORTHRUP created The Normal Bar project and is the CEO of YOU Got Challenged! Inc., a customized online program that motivates people to change their normal to a healthier one. PEPPER SCHWARTZ received her Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University, is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, and is the author of 16 books. JAMES WITTE, a Harvard Ph.D., is the Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University.
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This is a MUST READ book. I could not put it down. I read and reread it, then I bought 10 copies for family and friends. It is nice to know what to do RIGHT in your relationship. The normal bar tells us what to do to be happy and keep love and romance from growing stale.
This book is unique, it is not just about sex-it is about loving, touching, holding, talking and having fun. I love reading something as inspiring and positive as Dr. Pepper's & Ms. Northrup's guide to happy relationships. Buy this book-you will learn something you can use to make your relationship better than ever!
This book compiles survey responses from happy people - just to see what their habits, values, and opinions were.
Of course this information isn't groundbreaking, therapists & counselors have known about all this information, and you might consider most of this common knowledge.
But what I like about this book is that this information was compiled by survey and follow ups [primarily] from someone who is not a marriage counselor. It asks what do happy people want? (happy, stable relationships). And how does one achieve that - what is most important in maintaining a happy/stable relationship? (communication= #1)
Everyone on this earth has 'issues'. Many folks have troubled pasts, are from broken families. For those that have not developed healthy, 'normal'; relationship skills, this is an eye opener. Presented in almost slideshow presentation style, with bullets, lots of charts & diagrams. Makes a big visual impact and summarizes information that easily digestible.
I hope to finish it this weekend and put the ideas of this book into practice. I sure hope this works....as I was reading it I was saying "yeah....that's me and that's why I've been so frustrated". Easily relatable to my issues anyway, perhaps it is common to manyand that's why it was so reinforcing!