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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a lengthy review because that's how much of an impact this book has made for me. First off, let me start by telling you about me. I'm in my 20s, educated, and have a great career. I always had confidence but I never knew how to bring it out and when I did, I was scared of coming off "too strong," or hurt someone's feeling.
This book shifted my mindset completey. It was and I had felt like I met the love of my life. He was charming, tall, sunkissed complexion, well established, funny, and not to be served for America - how much more can I get? I pinched myself constantly. As the weeks went by, the curiosity of me finding someone "so perfect" that was single started to dawn on me. I just couldn't believe how so unexpected, I had met "the love of my life.
But I met her 2 weeks before you and I just don't know what to do. I asked him "What is it about her you like?
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But in a good way - I can't explain it! I questioned, "A bitch? Who wants to date a bitch? Who wants to date something that doesn't invest time in you? Long story short, I ran out his house crying so hard I lost my balance and hit the floor, on my hands and knees. I looked back to see he wasn't chasing me, but instead shaking his head in disappointment. I went to my car, shut the door, and sat there crying on my steering wheel in broad daylight.
After my tears sobered up, I felt angry because I knew this wasn't who I was to cry over a guy and how stupid I looked. He was my first and my last. The words of him describing the other girl played in my head over and over - I HAD to read this book. Within 2 days I finished the book and my life did a complete I must admit today it's still a power struggle but I am no longer that "weak" girl who's "scared" of being confident because it's going to "offend" someone.
I am utterly myself with no regrets. This book isn't about how to get a man which is honestly why I read it based on the title but a book of self-empowerment and how to drive that energy into full gear. It was the push I needed to drive my little ego up the wall. It helps mold you into whom you want to be without telling you who you HAVE to be. Don't be that girl that cares about what he thinks, says or do.
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Don't be that girl that waits 3 hours on a date to find out he stood you up. I highly recommend this book so much. It's not boring and it's so insightful. It's not the "cliche" advice you hear. It helps you handle difficult situations from relationships to sex to even why he does things. Remember, men wear the pants, but woman control the zipper: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Fundamentally, this book would be for someone new to the dating world. I can understand and appreciate the advice of not giving away too much too soon, and to make sure he is interested just as much as you are and want the same things so you don't waste your time.
Value yourself and don't settle for someone who doesn't appreciate you. That being said, the advice for people in long term relationship is garbage.
If you are in a long tern relationship and you are told by a book to 'pull away' emotionally and physically until he sees what he is missing That would make more sense. If you continually want to play this cat and mouse game with your boyfriend then go for it. But it will leave you exhausted and unfulfilled. I tried following the 'advice' given in this book and we suffered because 'pulling away' and waiting for him to figure out what's wrong is absolute BS. I felt misunderstood, confused and angry that he couldn't read my mind.
To think that ALL men respond to their woman pulling away or disappearing for the weekend is completely unfair. Maybe some BOYS respond to that. Not all men are the same. Not all women are the same.
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If I could suggest anything to women in relationships, it would be to read books that place a value on understanding your partner and their communication skills vs a book like this where you punish your partner for them not behaving the way you want them to. I now come from a place of respect and we communicate better and really understand where the other is coming from.
If you choose to read this book, fair enough, but this is NOT the Bible on how relationships should work. You won't regret it!!! Where do I begin? Its been 3 years since I started dating again I am now 56, divorced after 10 years. I bought this book 2 years ago and boy am I glad I did! Perhaps they need to change the title as it may make some people think the absolute worse in womanhood. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book showed me everything I had been doing wrong in my relationships with men. I'm a career RN, very successful. I'm smart and savvy with my money credit score and already paid off my mortgage in 20 years, all by myself.
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This is one of the top relationship books, and for good reason. Gottman isn't some wacky, hippy-dippy relationship blogger — he's a legitimate scientist who has carefully studied the psychological underpinnings of successful relationships. Repeatedly he's demonstrated that he has the ability to predict the long-term health of a relationship with scary accuracy. Although his advice is all-around solid, he's especially known for identifying the kinds of healthy communication that can help you avoid divorce.
You can't really go wrong with John Gottman books, but this is a good place to start — it's a concise summary of his most important findings. May keep you out of marriage counseling. This is undoubtedly our editor's pick. This is a great one for guys. Although its title might make it sound like a book about how to be a chest-beating, selfish jerk, it's actually not like that at all.
Glover shows that many men who act like "nice guys" are really men who ignore their own needs — which makes you prone to codependency, manipulativeness, and resentfulness. If so, he shows you how to break out of those patterns, and be a decent person without being a doormat. It's pretty unique among books on relationships, and even codependency books specifically. Given its male appeal, this is our runner up. This is a cliche among books about relationships.
But there's a reason why it's one of the best selling relationship books of all time. Although it consists of generalities about gender that aren't necessarily true of everyone, its central thesis is totally reasonable — that men and women tend to be different, and that you'll have a better relationship if you acknowledge these differences and work with them. This is a good one for couples to read together. A book for women about male disinterest might not be first among your chosen books on love. But it's good to know how male signals are interpreted by the opposite sex.
In fact, it's probably one of the best relationship books for singles — you'll get a lot of insight into women's anxieties about dating. If you're not Christian, you might be thinking "what the hell is this Sacred Marriage book doing on your list? Basically, the message — which is delivered in a strongly religious context — is that couples shouldn't avoid struggle and change and stay in their relationship just because it's comfortable and nice.
It's one of the best marriage books because it reinforces an absolutely necessary guideline: This is one of those marriage books whose title provokes a certain kind of dread.
But often that's not quite what happens.