May. 2nd, 2017

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What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid BetrayalWhat Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal by John M. Gottman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I always enjoy reading about the findings of Gottman and Gottman, a husband and wife team who put marriage under a microscope. This book was about trust as the foundation of healthy relationships, what trust is, ways it is betrayed, and how couples can recover when trust is damaged.

The book is easy to read and recommended for the layman, with fun quizzes and exercises to strengthen ones marriage. I especially liked the chapter on infidelity, mostly because it gave me assurance that I was on the right track with couples seeking to recover from it. I was not so sold on sex and porn addiction chapter, there is a lot of controversy about those in the research community, and to my mind it's really hard to separate moral and religious biases from one's' view of what is happening.

Overall this had great techniques for teaching couples how to listen to understand and have constructive dialogue with each other. Highly recommended!

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