**Please note: These books are not required reading, nor are they a part of the education I offer. I am simply listing them here as a resource for couples who want to further explore and enrich their relationship.**
Here are some excellent books that I recommend to couples, regardless of the stage in your relationship. Each book contains insight and wisdom that can help you heighten your intimacy, learn more about each other, increase your mutual respect and understanding, and strengthen your bond.
by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver
John Gottman takes a scientific approach to relationships, and his extensive research provides a roadmap to success, as outlined here in his seven principles. Relationships will always have conflict. Successful partners will find a way to deal with those conflicts. The book includes quizzes and exercises for couples that will illuminate how you relate to one another and show how you can improve. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
by John Gray, Ph.D.
This is an easy-to-read book that will help both men and women ask for what they need and appreciate their partner's desires and frustrations. If you feel like there are gaps in your couples communication and you're not getting through to each other (or feel like you're not being heard), this book provides some excellent tips and information. Men and women really do have different needs and don't always understand where their partner is coming from.
by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates
If you have taken the Myers-Briggs test or are a fan of personality quizzes, this is the book for you. Each of the 16 types are described in detail, with a focus on family and relationship issues. The writings a little dry at times, but the book isn't meant to be read cover-to-cover. This can be a nice tool for understanding and appreciating your partner a little better.
by Jeffrey Zimmerman and Elizabeth S. Thayer
If one or both partners have divorced parents, this book will help explain some of the added fears, concerns, and issues that may need to be addressed. It's helpful for both the person whose parents were divorced and for their partner to understand behaviors and thought patterns that may stem from this and to learn to move forward in a healthy, happy, stable relationship.
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