The Power of the Middle Ground explains as no other self-help book does why and how the inherent difficulties entailed in the change process itself are daunting. Author Marty Babits, a seasoned couples therapist and educator, explains strategies and provides tips for grappling successfully with the challenges that change presents. This key aspect of working through relationship difficulties has, until now, been given short shrift in the popular and academic literature. Despite the central place of divorce in our culture, he teaches couples how to achieve a much greater impact in solving difficult interpersonal problems than is often thought possible.
Babits helps couples envision a place that brings their potential for love and compassion alive. This place, which neither partner can dominate and in which each learns to approach problems productively, he calls the middle ground. Through a series of exercises, he equips couples to appreciate and actualize what is positive and possible in their relationship.
This encouraging, yet realistic book empowers partners to negotiate differences, emphasize the positive, see issues from each other's point of view, defuse anger, and, as a result, rekindle warmth and love.
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Author: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD (New York, NY), author of The Power of the Middle Ground:A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a member of the Executive Supervisory Committee of FACTS (the Family and Couples Treatment Service) of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Reviews: (1) "His realistic directions on reaching the middle ground include seeing issues from the other's point of view, emphasizing the positive, and developing patience . . . Recommended." -Library Journal (2) "The Power of the Middle Ground is an easy to read self–help book with many clinical vignettes and couple-strengthening exercises. Too often self-help books are terrific at describing a problem, only to give scant suggestions for improving the situations. Mr. Babits has accomplished the art of describing what needs to be achieved and how to achieve it at the same time . . . " -Paula F. Eagle, M.D. ; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Faculty, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research; Private Practice, New York City. (3) "The Middle Ground is where the heart of a relationship's aliveness, its resilience, is located... The middle-ground is a potential that exists within love's province, in which the hard-edged realities of keeping a contemporary relationship vital, can be found." -From the Preface, by Ron Taffel, Ph.D.; Executive Director of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, NYC; Author of Parenting by Heart and Breaking Through to Teens. (4) "Writing this wonderful book, Marty Babits drew on thousands of hours of experience as a professional couple and family therapist -- and it shows. Always a voice for compassion . . . His book is a joyful tribute to possibility." -Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D.; Author of, Freud's Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis and Social Justice; Associate Professor of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York. (5) "This book is a welcome addition to the self-help couples literature. It empowers couples to find creative ways to heal and develop relationship . . . A great contribution." -Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D.; Psychotherapist/Sex Therapist/; Private Practice.
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