- 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: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,376 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 Paperback – October 21, 2008
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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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Wednesday Martin, Ph.D.
Author, Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do
Mr. Babits is a communications expert par excellence as well as a skilled couples therapist. His book is chock full of stories and examples that couples can relate to easily. He offers a creative strategy for guiding them to the "middle ground." His method breaks down the impasse of anger and reactivity. With Babits' technique, described very clearly, the couple can begin to listen and hear each other in a different way. There are moving examples of couples relating in a deeply caring and respectful way, which before reaching the "middle ground," seemed impossible.
This book is an important contribution to couple counseling. I will certainly recommend it to stepcouples where the challenges of adjusting to stepfamily life are difficult and dicey. This will be a valuable resource for them.
I give it a five star rating without a doubt!
Susan Wisdom LPC
Author of Stepcoupling, Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today's Blended Family