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Actually, It Is Your Parents' Fault


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Philip Van Munching is the bestselling author of Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (So They Can Look UpYour Skirt) and of Beer Blast. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, including the editorial pages of The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Until 2006, he wrote the "Devil's Adman" column for Brandweek. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
Bernie Katz, Ph.D. is in private practice on Long Island, New York, where he counsels couples as well as individual patients. He is also a professor at Nassau Community College. He was previously the co-host of a live daily television show, "State of Mind," on the America's Talking cable network. He lives with his wife in Plainview, New York and Phoenix, Arizona


Coauthors Van Munching (Beer Blast) and psychologist Katz assume that our relationships with our parents (particularly our mothers) shape our personalities and unconscious almost completely. The title is a bit misleading, as much of the book examines why we are drawn to those we date or marry and how our unconscious controls this choice. The authors then go on to explain why we experience certain patterns of conflict within these relationships-and why we seek those with whom we often have the potential for highly volatile relationships. They then offer advice on breaking conflict cycles and arguing in a more productive manner. The book is really meant as a form of couple's therapy lite; as the authors point out, more chronically plagued relationships require the help of a professional. The author's buddy-buddy, "let me break this down for you" approach gets tiring, but the guide will serve as a useful tool for those who would like to examine and repair conflict within their relationship. Recommended for larger public libraries.-AG Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Clever self-help...[delivers] fresh insight." --Publishers Weekly"A useful tool." --Library Journal

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