MARRIAGE - The Inside Story
The E-Book
By
David Knox, Ph.D.
E-Mail: marriage@heartchoice.com
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

                 Chapter 1 FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT MARRIAGES THAT LAST

                                SOME FACTS ABOUT SPOUSES IN MARRIAGES THAT LAST

                They Are Committed to Making Their Marriage Work
                They Spend Time Together
                They Communicate Effectively
                They Have Resolved the Affair Issue
                They Are Skillful at Negotiating Compromises
                They Respect Each Other
                They Are Flexible
                They Have Strong Egos
                They Enjoy Sex
                They Empathize
                They Have None of the Above Characteristics

                               SOME MYTHS ABOUT SPOUSES IN MARRIAGES THAT LAST

                They Are Always Happy
                They Do Not Have Problems
                They Do Not Seek Therapy
                They Are Lucky

                                SOME IMPLICATIONS OF MARRIAGES THAT LAST

                The Characteristics Vary/The Relationship is the Thing

                Chapter 2 A PROFILE OF SPOUSES IN LASTING MARRIAGES

                MID-TWENTIES AT MARRIAGE
                TWO YEARS OF COURTSHIP
                PARENTAL APPROVAL OF PARTNER
                RELIABLE SOURCE OF INCOME
                SPOUSE WAS NOT ON REBOUND
                SPOUSE WAS NOT ESCAPING AN UNHAPPY HOME
                NO PREMARITAL PREGNANCY
                CHURCH ATTENDERS
                PARENTS STILL MARRIED
                LIVING IN RURAL AREAS
                HIGHER EDUCATION LEVEL
                BEING WHITE/NONE OF THESE CHARACTERISTICS

                Chapter 3 MARRIED LOVE

                REALISTIC
                COMMITTED
                SEASONED
                ACCEPTING
                COMMUNICATORS
                PRO-CHILDREN
                FAITHFUL
                LESS SEX-FOCUSED
                HEALTHY/TIME TRAVELING

                Chapter 4 YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MARRIAGE

                POTENTIAL CHANGES
                    Love
                    Sex
                    In-Laws

                ENSURING A GOOD YEAR
                    Keep Communication Channels Open
                    Negotiate Resolutions to Conflict
                    Avoid Career Entanglements

                FIRST YEAR - SECOND MARRIAGE

                Chapter 5 COMMUNICATION IN MARRIAGE

                TAKE TIME TO TALK EVERY DAY

                COMMUNICATION BASICS
                    Express Desires Clearly
                    Honest and Dishonest Questions
                    Direct and Indirect Questions
                    Truthfulness
                    Sex
                    Expressing Positive Emotion
                    Anger
                    Nagging

                Chapter 6 MARRIAGE MYTHS

                "OUR MARRIAGE WILL BE DIFFERENT."
                "LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER."
                "WE WILL MAKE EACH OTHER HAPPY."
                "OUR DISAGREEMENTS WILL NOT BE SERIOUS."
                "CHILDREN WILL MAKE OUR MARRIAGE EVEN HAPPIER."
                "MY SPOUSE IS ALL I NEED"

                Chapter 7 TWO CAREERS IN ONE MARRIAGE? (Considerations for the Woman)

                JOB OR CAREER?
                PERSONAL BENEFITS
                MARITAL CONSEQUENCES
                ISSUES FOR THE WOMAN TO CONSIDER

                Chapter 8 HOW TO BE YOUR OWN MARRIAGE THERAPIST

                WHAT IS MARRIAGE?
                    A Love Relationship
                    A Legal Live-In Relationship
                    A Place for Happiness

                WHAT IS MARRIAGE THERAPY?

                WHAT IS BEHAVIORAL MARRIAGE THERAPY?
                    Behavioral Marriage Therapy Is Scientific
                    Behavioral Marriage Therapy Is Easy to Understand
                    Behavioral Marriage Therapy Is Easy to Apply

                WHAT MARRIAGE THERAPISTS DO (That You Can Do for Yourself)
                    Re-Affirm Commitment to Your Relationship
                    Confront Issues
                    Exchange Behaviors

                WHAT MARRIAGE THERAPISTS DO (that you can't do for yourself)
                    Don’t Try to Treat Severe Depression Yourself
                    Don’t Try to Treat Suicide Thoughts Yourself
                    Don’t Try to Treat Alcoholism by Yourself
                    Don’t Try to Treat Spouse Abuse Yourself

                Chapter 9 NINE MARRIAGE PROBLEMS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM

                ONE: "MY PARTNER DOESN’T PAY ATTENTION TO ME."
                TWO: "HE WORKS ALL THE TIME: I NEVER SEE HIM."
                THREE: "HE’S NOT THE MAN I MARRIED."
                FOUR: "WE ALWAYS ARGUE ABOUT MONEY."
                FIVE: "SEX IS BORING."
                SIX: "MY IN-LAWS ARE ALWAYS AROUND."
                SEVEN: "ALCOHOL IS A PROBLEM."
                EIGHT: "JEALOUSY"
                NINE: "THE DEPENDENT SPOUSE"

                Chapter 10 BORROWING MONEY FROM YOUR PARENTS

                THE MEANINGS OF MONEY
                BORROWING MONEY FROM PARENTS: THE PARENTS? VIEW
                TEN GUIDELINES
 
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