Therapist Craig brings a new book on marriage to the self-help shelf.
According to the author, a lasting partnership is built on five cornerstones of viability—maturity of the partners, flexibility, commitment, trustworthiness and intimacy. In order to maintain this solid foundation, partners need to change and evolve through different phases of a relationship; writes Craig, “a marriage isn’t a marathon; it’s a decathlon…many uniquely different races, all linked together, each of which requires different strategies and skills in order to perform well.” Whether couples are newlyweds, just entering or maintaining the parenting phase, entering the empty-nest stage or growing into the older, mature stage, each person must shift to match the demands of the current stage in order for the relationship to remain vibrant. Craig offers readers a hands-on approach to establishing a two-person team that finds strength in honesty and commitment to each other. Numerous exercises, checklists and quizzes help readers stay on track, while ample examples from Craig’s own practice and personal life help illustrate his many ideas. Despite the title, readers will find the information pertinent to wives as well as gay and lesbian partnerships.
Interesting new theories on improving marital relationships presented in a self-help format.