Fight Less, Love More

Fight Less, Love More

5-minute Conversations to Change your Relationship Without Blowing up or Giving in

Book - 2010
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Harvard-trained lawyer and family and divorce mediator Laurie Puhn shows busy couples how to stop fighting and start communicating.
It happens every day--a simple exchange or harmless response turns into a heated debate or worse, an all-out battle. Hard-pressed for quality time with our partners and spouses, it's easy to fall into a poor communication routine. How can two people who love one another so much have such difficulty talking to one another?
Drawing on her expertise in legal mediation and conflict resolution, Puhn's fresh approach gives simple, 5-minute conversations that will instantly improve communication--as well as the quality of relationships. In Fight Less, Love More, learn how to identify and conquer the poor verbal habits, instinctive responses, and emotional reasoning that can cloud judgment and ultimately lead to the deterioration of otherwise healthy relationships.
Love is conditional, argues Puhn, and for love to survive, couples don't need to talk more--they need to talk better. With exercises, examples, and sample scripts, Puhn's simple 5-minute strategies promise immediate results and provide long-lasting communication skills that couples can confidently employ when faced with future conflict.

Publisher: New York : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2010
ISBN: 9781605295985
1605295981
Characteristics: x, 262 p. ; 23 cm

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Oct 17, 2017

I LOVE this book so much I went out and purchased it after reading the library's copy. Over the years I have read many self-help/relationship books -- and while many of them were helpful -- this book is in a league by itself.
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It makes a point I have never seen made anywhere else -- but which I think all couples would benefit from recognizing -- namely that romantic love (unlike say the love of a parent for a child) is NOT unconditional, and so we must take care to nurture romantic relationships, go the extra mile to serve our partner and recognize that a strong connection with our partner is more important than showing them that we are right and they are wrong.
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This book should be given to every couple planning a life together!
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It is filled with simple, direct examples of conversations to have with your partner, that will help protect the, "us" in intimate relationships.

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