Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together.
With your partner or alone, ACT with Love will teach you how to: Let go of conflict, open up, and live fully in the present Use mindfulness to increase intimacy, connection, and understanding Resolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences Act on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship
"Reading and following this book may well be the most precious gift you ever give not only to your partner, but also to yourself. I highly recommended it to those who wish to revitalize a floundering relationship as well as those who want to make a good relationship even better." --Robert D. Zettle, Ph.D., associate psychology professor at Wichita State University and author of "ACT for Depression "
I love this book. The author and his ideas reach deep into the core of what every relationship/couple needs to grow and keep on thriving. You don't need prior reading about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (as per the bestseller The Happiness Trap), it all makes a lot of sense and is relevant to any and every relationship in our lives. It offers some great techniques for reconciling and reconnecting. If you value your relationship, this is definitely worth reading. Much more relevant today than many of the bestselling relationship books of the past.
I have recommended this book to several of my clients. I and they have found it to be quite helpful. The author provides additional worksheets online that are worthwhile "homework" or in-session assignments. Dr. Harris does an excellent job of applying the ACT model to couples therapy in a way that is understandable and with experiential exercises that help treatment to generalize to real-life settings.
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