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From the author of Toxic Friends--a groundbreaking look at how to understand your marriage and create a more satisfying relationship

Every marriage goes through nine phases. It is only by understanding the course our marriages run that we can truly begin to craft the perfect relationship. In The Nine Phases of Marriage, Susan Shapiro Barash breaks down and analyzes these phases, which are:

    Phase One: Passion and Longing

    Phase Two: Conforming: The Perfect Wife

    Phase Three: Real Life: Child Centricity

    Phase Four: Tension: One Bed: Two Dreams

    Phase Five: Distance: Two Beds: Two Rooms

    Phase Six: Fracturing: Midlife Divorce

    Phase Seven: Second Chances: Remarriage and Renegotiating

    Phase Eight: Balance: Concessions

    Phase Nine: Successful Coupling

With this essential knowledge, spouses can successfully navigate the natural pitfalls and perils of their marriages and embark on a true partnership.

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