Can Your Relationship
by Michael S. Broder Ph.D.
“Dr. Broder offers strategies to salvage and rekindle those unions that can be saved, and unlike most…books, shows how to part company without guilt. or regrets when that is the better option. I highly recommend this book!”
— Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D.
Author of MARITAL MYTHS REVISITED
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
PART I: YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Chapter 1: Why Did You Buy This Book?
The Two Main Pillars of Relationships that Work
What Are Your Problem Areas?
Potentially Threatening Problem Areas
Then and Now
Continuing Your Relationship Assessment
What Are Your Expectations?
What Are Your Partner’s Expectations?
Looking at Your Expectations
…And a Few Final Questions for this Chapter
Chapter 2: Can Your Relationship Be Saved? — An Inventory
Can Your Relationship Be Saved? — A Self-Assessment Inventory
How to Make the Most of this Inventory
PART II: WORKING THROUGH THE CURSE OF AMBIVALENCE
Chapter 3: The Pain of Staying Versus the Pain of Leaving
If You Are Questioning Whether to Stay or Go
The Crunch Point
Some Bottom Lines to Consider
Additional Strategies to Work Through Your Ambivalence
Getting Professional Help
Chapter 4: “Will I Be Sorry?” — “What If I Leave?” — And All Those Other Questions You May Be Asking
If I Leave, Will I Be Sorry?
I’ve Decided to Leave, Now What?
Some Additional Considerations for Leaving
Chapter 5: “What If I Stay?” “Could I Be Missing a Better Life?”
If I Stay, Could I Be Missing a Better Life?
Working Out the Changes Together
How Have Other Couples Worked It Out?
Changing Your Expectations
Here’s to the End of Your Ambivalence
PART III: THE AFTERMATH OF AMBIVALENCE
Chapter 6: Yes, It Can Be Saved. Making Your Life Together Really Work this Time
Creating a New Vision
Setting Relationship Goals
Learning to Support Each Other
Honoring Your Differences
Getting Past Your Issues
Here Are Some Additional Perspectives on Keeping Your Relationship Together
For You, this Could Still Be an Ongoing Process
Chapter 7: No, It Can’t Be Saved
Maximizing Your New Single-Again Life
Your New Single Life
Your Custom Survival Guide
Making the Transition
Maximizing Your Freedom, Aloneness and Solitude
Your Support System
Your Next Relationship
Additional Strategies for Maximizing Your New Single-Again Life
APPENDIX…ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF HELP
National Hotlines, Web Sites and Referral Sources
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