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March 02 , 2010

The Commitment Dialogues


Conflicts over money, sex, children, time, and where and how to live are common among couples struggling with commitment. But these issues are almost always stand-ins for deeply buried fears that have been triggered by the relationship. In this absorbing and insightful book, clinical psychologist and bestselling self-help author Matthew McKay, Ph.D., offers a unique, interactive approach to helping couples improve communication and recognize and work through the four primary fears that tend to sabotage long-term commitment: Fear of Engulfment: Will I Still Exist if I Merge with You? Fear of Abandonment: Is There a Magic Glue to Make You Stay? Fear of Shame: You Won't Love Me Anymore if You See the Real Me Fear of Emptiness: If I Keep Moving, I Won't Have to Look Inside Based on real-life sessions from his own practice, Dr. McKay allows you to eavesdrop on other couples' therapy, see their conflicts develop from both points of view, learn where and why their discussions get ugly, and witness their struggles while they journey toward insight. Through their stories, you will learn: How each of the four fears works to undermine long-term love How couples can identify and overcome their fears How to look beneath surface conflicts How to move beyond fear to understanding, clarity, and commitment In addition, each chapter is followed by exercises and assessments designed to promote insight into your own or your partner's fears, with guidelines for overcoming them. All successful relationships require a degree of give-and-take, learning and acceptance, goodwill, insight, and the ability to change and grow amid life's upheavals. At the core of these is effective communication. TheCommitment Dialogues proves that
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