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People today are trying to make their marriages work over longer lives than ever before - for their children's health and well-being and for their own. Indeed, among the college educated, divorce rates have declined. But staying married isn't always easy. In the brilliant, transformative, and optimistic The Rough Patch, clinical psychologist Daphne de Marneffe explores the extraordinary pushes and pulls of midlife marriage, where our need to develop as individuals can crash headlong into the demands of our relationships.
The Rough Patch is divided into chapters that address key problems that challenge marriages: money, alcohol and drugs, the stresses of parenthood, sex, extramarital affairs, lovesickness, health, aging, children leaving home, and dealing with elderly parents.
De Marneffe offers listeners seasoned wisdom on these difficulties, addressing the psychological, emotional, and relational capacities we must cultivate to overcome them as individuals and as couples. Blending research, interviews, and clinical experience, and writing with uncommon insight into the daily behaviors of men and women, de Marneffe dives deep into the workings of love and the structures of relationships. Every listener will find himself or herself here.
Intimate and sometimes gritty, The Rough Patch is an essential, compassionate resource for people trying to understand where they are on the continuum of marriage, giving them a chance to share in other people's stories and struggles. With humor and deep seriousness, de Marneffe helps men and women understand themselves in order to move in the direction we're all trying to go: a life lived with integrity, vitality, and love.
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By Carole Herder on 04-13-18
Great reading for all relationships
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The message was about growing as a person inside the relationship with kindness, consideration and consciousness.
What three words best describe Daphne de Marneffe PhD’s performance?
Real life stories were used to highlight scenarios that are easy to experience in relationship.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The effect of the relationship on children is particularly profound.
Any additional comments?
Maybe just a bit too wordy. For me, the authenticity was compromised in attempt to embellish the sentences.