Written by the country's foremost relationship expert and based on decades of research at his "Love Lab." The author videotaped and studied thousands of couples and discovered that the conventional wisdom of strengthening communication skills is not enough to save a marriage. Instead, he lays out 7 Principles that can.
Explains the primary needs of both men and women with women's needs for affection, conversation, honesty and trust, financial support, and family commitment, and men's needs for admiration and appreciation, sexual fulfillment, an attractive spouse, companionship, and domestic order and peace.
Examines the different ways that people experience love including words of affirmation and appreciation, quality time, acts of service, receiving gifts, and acts of touch and physical affection. Emphasizes the importance of giving love to another in their own language instead of our own.
A look at how troubled marriages with a spouse with serious problems were able to be healed. Includes marriages where a spouse is irresponsible, a workaholic, controlling, verbally, physically or sexually abusive, unfaithful, addicted to alcohol or drugs, uncommunicative, or depressed.
Explains how men and women's deepest needs for love are fulfilled differently, with a woman needing her husband's total love and devotion and a man needing the unconditional respect of his wife. Shows how the misunderstanding and neglect of these fundamental needs can be the basis for most marital conflict.
This book is written for the spouse who is married to someone who is not interested in working on their marriage or whose foot may already be out the door. It debunks the myth that it takes two to save a marriage and outlines seven steps on how to do it.