- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (26 January 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767920821
- ISBN-13: 978-0767920827
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,20,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work Paperback – 26 Jan 2010
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Praise for Feeling Good Together from mental-health professionals:
“This is the finest work of its kind and will stand for generations as the relationship book."
--Matthew May, MD, adjunct clinical faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine
“Feeling Good Together should be required reading for all couples who want to create a happy, healthy relationship.” --Tori Kelley, PhD, LMHC, owner, Central Florida Mental Health, Inc.
“Finally, a relationship repair tool kit without fluff or camouflage. Change is a choice for brave and daring souls. Thank you, Dr. Burns!” --Nancy Ellen Lee, MFT, PhD
“Implementing these ideas has been truly life changing. It works!” --Mischa Routon, MFT
“The relationship strategies in this book are simple but profound. This is Dr. Burns’s most seminal work. “ --Jan Stanfield, MFT/LCSW
“A powerful set of tools (and even a tool kit) to evaluate, repair, or enhance our relationships. Feeling Good Together is destined to become a classic.” --Hugh Baras, PhD, adjunct clinical assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine
About the Author
David D. Burns, MD, is an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and has served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School. His bestselling book, Feeling Good, has sold over four million copies.See all Product description
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Here's the catch, though. The author espouses that it only takes one to really turn things around and thus we don't really need to ask our partner to adopt the same practices, that by simply changing our own behavior, the other person's will also change. Well ... I disagree. Many times, yes, it takes one to break through barriers and set a better tone. But, if both partners understand how they contribute to the decay in a relationship, there's a greater chance for success. Also, if the other partner (the one not reading the book) is emotionally abusive or just outright insensitive, then it's definitely going to take both people participating in repairing the relationship -- and I wish this had been addressed. If your partner is genuinely caring, yes, applying these techniques will make a notable difference in your interactions, but I can think of some (dysfunctional) couples where just one person making changes isn't going to help enough.
All that being said, I do recommend reading this book, as there is so much wisdom that can be gleaned from it; however, I plan to ask my partner to read it and work through the exercises with me. If we both understand how to communicate and most importantly *listen* better, it will help us build a stronger bond.
This book is shorter and addresses a simpler point: how to improve relationships and get along. Also how to be a great listener and how to respond tactfully. There are only a few exercises presented but they are great. Both the individual exercises and the ways to practice being a good listener and partner are very helpful. The writing is good.
The first 1/3 of the book takes a while to get the point when compared with his first book. In particular it spends quite a bit of time basically beating you up about wanting to blame the other person for your relationship problems. Not that I think he's wrong, it's just not that fun to read and, I think, takes up too much of the book. The rest of it is very practical and helpful. And unlike his original book, is not overwhelming.
Great read, and I think it would be helpful if carefully applied.