Relationships: An Open and Honest Guide to Making Bad Relationships Better and Good Relationships Great

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Today more than ever, people long for connection. In an age marked by isolation and loneliness, they measure riches in terms of belonging, acceptance, vulnerability, honesty, closeness, and commitment. And what they most want to know is how to make bad relationships better and good relationships great. Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott understand firsthand our deep need for relationships; and as relationship experts, they know what it takes to build strong, lasting bonds. In Relationships, the Parrotts take us below the surface to the depths of human interactions -- to the nitty-gritty realities, the ups-and-downs of building vital, satisfying connections. They provide the tools needed to handle tough times and to really succeed at forging strong, rewarding relationships with friends, with the opposite sex, with family, and with God. This cutting-edge book is full of the latest findings and contemporary relationship-building strategies. In a high-tech world, it offers a high-touch solution to a better life. The Parrotts share not just from their knowledge, but from their hearts and lives to help us all understand - who we are and what we bring to our relationships - how our families of origin shape the way we relate to others - tips for building friendships that last - secrets to finding the love we long for and handling sexual issues - how to handle failed friendships and breakups without falling apart - how to relate to God without feeling phony Filled with insightful, true-life stories and thought-provoking questions, Relationships is an honest and timely guide to forming the rich relationships that are life's greatest treasure. This book is accompanied by a workbook that contains more than 35 self-tests to help you put what you learn into action. The Relationships Workbook will help you internalize cutting-edge strategies, skills, and insights for nurturing healthy relationships.

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Friends for life . . . lasting love . . . Les & Leslie Parrott show what it takes to make relationships succeed today [Coming Soon--the Relationships Video Curriculum!] Today more than ever, people long for connection. In an age marked by isolation and loneliness, they measure riches in terms of belonging, acceptance, vulnerability, honesty, closeness, and commitment. And what they most want to know is how to make bad relationships better and good relationships great. How can they embrace the risks and survive the knocks in order to acquire ties that last? Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott understand firsthand people's deep need for relationships; and as relationship experts, they know what it takes to build strong, lasting bonds. In Relationships, the Parrotts take readers below the surface to the depths of human interactions--to the nitty-gritty realities, the ups-and-downs, of building vital, satisfying connections. They provide the tools needed to handle tough times and to really succeed at forging strong, rewarding relationships with friends, with the opposite sex, with family, with the working world, and with God. This cutting-edge book is full of the latest findings and contemporary relationship-building strategies. In a high-tech world, it offers a high-touch solution to a better life. The Parrotts share not just from their knowledge, but from their hearts and lives to help college students, young adults, singles, and dating couples understand who we are and what we bring to our relationships how our families of origin shape the way we relate to others how to bridge the gender gap and learn the language of the opposite sex tips for building friendships that last secrets to finding the love we long for and handling sexual issues how to handle failed friendships and breakups without falling apart how to relate to God without feeling phony Relationships is filled with thought-provoking questions and links to its separate, 80-page workbook. The workbook--integral to getting the most out of Relationships--contains dozens of self-tests and assessments that will help readers determine their relational readiness, the health of the home they grew up in, their understanding of gender differences, and much, much more. Relationships and the Relationships Workbook furnish an honest and timely guide to forming the rich relationships that are life's greatest treasure.

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Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University, a ground-breaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of a good relationship. Les Parrott is a professor of clinical psychology and Leslie is a marriage and family therapist, both at SPU. The Parrotts are authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, Becoming Soul Mates, The Marriage Mentor Manual, Mentoring Engaged and Newlywed Couples, Questions Couples Ask, Like a Kiss on the Lips and Getting Ready for the Wedding. They are frequent guest speakers and have written for a variety of magazines. Their relationship work has been featured in USA Today and The New York Times as well as on CNN, The Today Show, and Oprah

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