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Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy…

Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage…

by Edward M. Hallowell M.D.

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This book has some interesting sociological comments on modern culture, but lacks substance and follow through on the 'advice' presented. I would not recommend this book to a couple looking to strengthen their marriage. ( )
  chsbellboy | Jan 15, 2012 |
The book offers some good pointers scattered throughout the short chapters, but it drags on a bit. Also, it discusses "The Internet" as if the Internet were some kind of foreign entity that forces people to do its will. It's almost not worth mentioning that the book is heterocentrist (the title does include the word "Married"), but on top of that, the authors assume that men cheat and women don't and that porn is something that only men consume while feeling alone and guiltily so. All of that isn't so surprising when you get towards the end of the book and the authors start waxing poetic on how believing in the Christian god is some sort of amazing and scary challenge for only the brave, just like how they think marriage is. If I wanted a Christian book, I would have gotten an explicitly religious one, not one that does not denote itself as such; furthermore, in a society dominated by the religious and where atheists are the least trusted minority despite evidence that we commit far fewer crimes than religious people, it's far scarier to be an atheist than a mainstream Christian theist. If there were a Jesus fish on the cover of this book or some similar sort of warning, then this book would have escaped my negative review and low rating, but as it stands, I wish I hadn't wasted my time on it. ( )
  heina | Feb 6, 2011 |
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Are you more distant from your spouse than you’d like to be? Do you sometimes get into big struggles over what amount to mere administrative details? Do you or your spouse waste time “screensucking”—mindlessly viewing email or surfing the Web? Welcome to the club! Modern marriage is busy, distracted, and overloaded to extremes, with ever-increasing lists of things to do, superficial electronic connections, and interrupted moments. Now Edward M. Hallowell, the bestselling co-author of the hugely popular Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, teams up with his wife, Sue George Hallowell, a couples’ therapist, to explain the subtle but dangerous toll today’s overstretched, undernurtured lifestyle takes on our most intimate relationship. The good news is that there are straightforward and effective ways to maneuver your marriage out of the destructive roadblocks created by the avalanche of busy living. Just thirty minutes of effort a day for thirty days can restore and repair communication and connection, resurrect long-buried happiness and romance, and strengthen—even save—a marriage.

We deal with overload by tuning it out, but the repercussions on couples and commitment are serious. Without attention, there is no intimacy. And without intimacy, there is no connection. So how do couples find their way back?
• Observe the natural sequence of sustaining love: attention, time, connection, and play.
• Develop and nurture empathy—the essential building block to healthy communication.
• Carve out small moments of uninterrupted attention for each other.
• Identify the pressures that our crazybusy lifestyles put on love and marriage, and fight back with tenderness and appreciation.
    All of us who have been part of a couple for more than a few years will recognize ourselves in this reassuring book. Complete with scripts, tips, specific communication and interaction techniques, and a detailed 30-day reconnection plan, as well as inspiring real-life stories from relationships that were brought back from the brink, Married to Distraction will set couples on a course of understanding, healing, and love.

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An attention-deficit-disorder expert and couples' therapist outline strategies on how to restore communication and connection in a troubled relationship in spite of hectic lifestyles, providing scripts and detailed advice for repairing estrangements through short daily practices.… (more)

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