For Better

For Better : The Science of a Good Marriage

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One of the "New York Times'" most popular journalists presents groundbreaking scientific news about marriage. And, surprise: It's good news. We've all heard the statistic: Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. It's enough to make many couples give up when the going gets rough, thinking that's what everybody else does. But what if it weren't true? What if, in fact, it's not only possible but often easier than you think to save a seemingly troubled relationship? These are the questions Tara Parker-Pope asked herself after her own divorce. An investigative journalist on the health and wellness beat, she turned to some of the top biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and other scientists for the facts about marriage and divorce. Those facts were more positive and provocative than she'd ever expected, and "For Better" offers page after page of astonishing, eye-opening good news. Parker-Pope presents the science behind why some marriages work and others don't; the biology behind why some spouses cheat and others remain faithful; the best diagnostic tools created by the most cutting-edge psychologists to assess the probability of success in getting married, staying married, or remarrying. There are questionnaires to uncover potentially damaging hidden attitudes toward spouses. There are tools to show the impact of routine, fresh activity and how small adjustments can make a huge difference. Tara Parker- Pope's genius is for exploring the science behind the big issues that affect our lives every day and translating that science into advice that we can use-every day. "For Better" is the definitive guide to the most profound relationship of our lives.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • Dutton Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525951385
  • 9780525951384
  • 1,711,707

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"It is pure joy to read a book on so popular a subject as marriage that is not filled with pop-psych platitudes and prescriptive do's and don't's, but rather lets readers come to their own conclusions based on solid scientific research. Tara Parker-Pope, a dedicated science journalist, disabuses us of long-held myths (like a 'soaring' divorce rate or the need to avoid conflict in intimate relationships) and replaces them with facts that can help couples of any persuasion form stronger, steadier unions." -Jane E. Brody, columnist, "The New York Times" "This terrific informative book on marriage should be given out with every marriage license! There is something here for everyone, gay or straight, newly married or celebrating many years! Highly recommended." -Susan M. Love author of "Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book" and "Live a Little" "Finally! A real guide to making your marriage work. Tara Parker-Pope gives us all the latest concrete scientific information aboshow more

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