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How to know if it's time to go : a 10-step reality test for your marriage
Birnbach, Lawrence
Adult Nonfiction HQ734 .B6293 2010

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ContentsPage
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Is This Me?p. xi
Part 1 - The Unhappy Marriage
Chapter 1 - Defining the Unhappy Marriagep. 3
Step 1 - Determine-Is my marriage unhappy? How unhappy am I?
Chapter 2 - The Marriage Bill of Rightsp. 17
Chapter 3 - How Parenting Faltersp. 21
Step 2 - Ask yourself-Is our parenting faltering?
Chapter 4 - How Children Falterp. 34
Step 3 - Look at your children right now-Is your unhappy family affecting their school performance, behavior, and self-esteem?
Chapter 5 - How Sex and Intimacy Falterp. 43
Step 4 - Face the truth-What is the quality of our sexual and intimate life?
Chapter 6 - How Physical and Mental Health Falterp. 55
Step 5 - Assess-Is marital stress affecting my physical and mental health? My children's? My spouse's?
Part 2 - Myths about Divorce
Chapter 7 - How Bias Shapes Your Thinkingp. 66
Step 6 - Take an inventory-What are my fears about separating and divorcing? What stigma and shame do I fear from my family, friends, religion, and community?
Chapter 8 - Divorce Versus the Unhappy Marriagep. 87
Chapter 9 - The Transition Periodp. 91
Part 3 - Truths about-Divorce
Chapter 10 - Divorce for the Sake of the Childrenp. 96
Step 7 - Evaluate realistically-If I divorce, what do I fear will happen to my children? Will I lose them? Can I accept not seeing them every day?
Chapter 11 - Children's Self-Esteemp. 102
Chapter 12 - Impact on Adolescents and Young Adultsp. 110
Chapter 13 - Growth of Empathy in Adolescents and Young Adultsp. 116
Chapter 14 - How Men and Women Growp. 120
Chapter 15 - Divorce and Financesp. 133
Step 8 - Face your fears-What financial repercussions of separation and divorce frighten me?
Chapter 16 - The Real Damagep. 146
Part 4 - Knowing When It's Time to Go
Chapter 17 - Rescued Marriages: Exhausting Every Remedyp. 158
Step 9 - Take another inventory-Have I exhausted every remedy to heal my marriage? Do I have any realistic hope? What am I waiting for?
Chapter 18 - The Tipping Pointp. 171
Chapter 19 - Making Your Planp. 182
Step 10 - Decide-What's my plan?
Appendicesp. 187
The Marriage Testp. 187
Selected Annotated Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 205
About the Authorsp. 210


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