Mike & Margareth’s No-Nonsense Guide for Couples
How to Manage Conflict, Communication & Compromise in Your Relationship
Authored by Michael Sands, Margareth Garnier
“Mike & Margareth’s No-Nonsense Book for Couples” establishes specific rules and techniques for improving relationships. A core premise of this book is that almost ANY problem in a relationship can be resolved as long as the parties are truly committed to each other, and NO problem can ever be resolved if the parties talk to each other in a hurtful, disrespectful, or aggressive way. This book will help you learn how to fight fair by:
— Stopping toxic interactions at the exact moment they are occurring
— Not bringing up the past during arguments
— Avoiding the blame game
— Never threatening to leave the relationship
The beliefs and expectations that partners bring to relationships often interfere with their ability to compromise – beliefs that may come from culture, peers or family background. This book explores a set of rational expectations, both emotional and behavioral, that will help couples achieve a greater level of closeness. These expectations involve: accepting that your partner will not “complete” you; working with, if not embracing, your partner’s flaws; and establishing clear-cut guidelines for opposite-sex friendships.
Case examples and scenarios are provided to illustrate how complex issues — whether involving money, sex, social interaction, in-laws, parenting, or household responsibilities — can be addressed without undermining the relationship.