Health News Digest: Book Review

By Dr. Lawrence Birnbach and Dr. Beverly Hyman

Apr 1, 2010 – 3:37:32 PM
A 10-Step Reality Test for Marriage

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – “Should I divorce?” It’s a question that haunts millions of people. In their new book, HOW TO KNOW IF IT’S TIME TO GO, Dr. Lawrence Birnbach and Dr. Beverly Hyman help couples find the best answer. Birnbach is a psychoanalyst who specializes in working with individuals and couples in troubled relationships. Hyman is an internationally known consultant specializing in conflict management. In their book, they provide ten steps to help people examine how severe the problems are in their marriages, what they might try to do to improve it, and, if that’s not possible, whether it’s time to get serious about divorce. This unique guide presents the best research, personal examples about divorce drawn from Birnbach’s twenty-five years of counseling individuals and couples, as well as scores of interviews conducted for the book. Whether the decision is to stay and try to work it out, or to go, HOW TO KNOW IF IT’S TIME TO GO will help formulate a step-by-step, concrete plan for action.

While Drs. Birnbach and Hyman do not advocate divorce, they point out that the most desirable situation—a happy long-term marriage—may simply not be possible in some cases. The book also discusses how the lives of people who stay in chronically unhappy marriages compare with those who split up.

Filled with poignant case studies, cutting-edge research, a Marriage Bill of Rights, and a 100-question self-assessment to determine the problem areas in a marriage and the possible solutions. This unique guide dispels the myths about divorce and enables couples to recognize if there is still hope for their relationship and how to rekindle it or if they (and their families) are better off apart.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Dr. Lawrence Birnbach is a psychoanalyst who specializes in working with individuals and couples in troubled relationships. He maintains private practices in New York City and Westport, Connecticut. His website is www.lbirnbach.com.

Dr. Beverly Hyman is an internationally known business and organizational consultant specializing in conflict management. She is the chairman of the Dean’s Council at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Originally posted at Health News Digest: Book Review, Apr 1, 2010

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