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According to couples therapist and educator Babits, the "middle ground" is the place where neither partner dominates, each approaches problems productively, and love and compassion come alive. His realistic directions on reaching the middle ground include seeing issues from the other's point of view, emphasizing the positive, and developing patience. It would be most beneficial, he notes, if both partners practiced the steps of "letting go of anger" or "paraphrasing the other's point" together. But even if just one of them uses this book as a tool for introspection, the relationship—whether straight or gay—should greatly improve. Worksheets and exercises are included. Recommended for public libraries.
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About the Author

Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD (New York, NY), is co-director of FACTS (Family and Couples Treatment and Training Service), one of the most well-respected couples therapy training programs in the country. Before becoming a couples therapist, he was certified as a reading specialist and worked with dyslexic children and adults. From there  interest in understanding and promoting the family dynamics that best supported the learning of his students led him on the road to becoming a psychotherapist. He is licensed to provide psychotherapy in NYS and holds certifications in: psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation. He has lectured widely on the subject of clinical neuroscience over the past decade. He is in private practice in NYC.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (December 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026624
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE POWER OF THE MIDDLE GROUND: A COUPLE'S GUIDE TO RENEWING YOUR RELATIONSHIP provides a fine self-help book from a seasoned couples therapist and educator, who explains strategies for handling relationship difficulties. The focus here is on creating a place that brings love and compassion alive - a place where neither partner dominates, and each approaches problems productively. This key to learning the 'middle ground' oasis is a pick for any library, from health collections to general-interest lending libraries.
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With this important, intelligent, and accessible book, Marty Babits does more than demonstrate his expertise in helping couples heal; he suggests a rich and meaningful theoretical concept--the Middle Ground--that will resonate with and give hope to anyone who has ever felt trapped, stymied, or at a loss about how to connect with a partner. The stories of real couples transitioning from pain to progress with the author's compassionate and insightful guidance, will move you; and the author's interventions and suggested exercises will not only motivate you to take action, but also show you how to go about it. The book will also help you to truly know yourself and your partner, no easy thing and the key to building a lasting, flexible and strong relationship that grows as partners do. As someone who has interviewed many dozens of couples for my own research, I believe that The Power of the Middle Ground has important lessons to impart, not only to the lay reader, but also to therapists, researchers, and relationship experts. Moreover, it is rare that a book for couples suggests a paradigm so rich that it can also be helpful to couples in a remarriage or reparternship with children, that most fragile of unions. The Power of the Middle Ground is just such an unusual book, and I recommend it highly and without hesitation to couples in general, and also to the many people who seek information about how to resolve conflict and find fulfillment and mutual understanding in their remarriages with children. *****
Wednesday Martin, Ph.D.
Author, Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do
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Some good material to "chew on". The ONLY criticism would be there is too much discussion of couples in therapy. I think most of that is just filler to meet some publisher's requirement of number of words submitted. BUT the basic thoughts for striving for the middle ground are worth the price of the book, no question!
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Power of the Middle Ground: A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship
Marty Babits has written a terrific book, for both couples and therapists. It is a user friendly guide
that has many practical exercises and unique examples that both make sense and work. As a couple's
therapist, and also someone in a relationship, I can attest to this. Mr. Babits gives communication, anger
and keeping love alive a new framework. The "Middle Ground", is, indeed, powerful.
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Fantastic book - should be an invaluable resource for couples (of all kinds) who wish to bring renewed vitality to their relationships and to reconnect with the feelings of love and attraction that brought them together in the first place. Mr. Babits has devised a novel and highly effective model that can be used by couples to create a safe space (his Middle Ground), where communication, understanding, trust, and mutual acceptance can flourish free from the light-blocking canopy of anger, fear, frustration, and hopelessness that so often obscures the still viable bond between partners. While the Middle Ground paradigm Mr. Babits has constructed is a profound one, with the potential to be applied wherever there has been a breakdown in communications - even on a global scale - this remains a practical book, a nuts-and-bolts approach complete with step-by-step instructions, exercises, and stories of couples who have used the Middle Ground concept to their benefit. For anyone who feels that his/her relationship has stagnated in an atmosphere of cynicism and despair, this book, The Power of the Middle Ground, is serious medicine. With a true commitment to applying the principles it outlines, couples can restore a feeling of openness and possibility to their shared lives - and rediscover the room to breathe.
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