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The Nine Phases of Marriage

How to Make It, Break It, Keep It

Susan Shapiro Barash

St. Martin's Griffin

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 WifePhase Three: Real Life: Child CentricityPhase Four: Tension: One Bed: Two DreamsPhase Five: Distance: Two Beds: Two RoomsPhase Six: Fracturing: Midlife Divorce Phase Seven: Second Chances: Remarriage and Renegotiating Phase Eight: Balance: ConcessionsPhase Nine: Successful CouplingWith 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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Phase One
 
Passion and Longing
 
 
• Are you a die-hard romantic?
• Did you have to have this man as your husband?
• Were you raised to believe your husband would be your prince and savior?
• Did you have a big storybook wedding (or do you feel cheated that you did not?)
• Do you consider yourself one half of a romantic entity?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then passion is an important component of your marriage.
You and your husband fell in love six years ago, when you first met. In many ways, it
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Susan Shapiro Barash

  • SUSAN SHAPIRO BARASH is an established writer of nonfiction women’s issue books and has written thirteen books. She teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. A well-recognized gender expert, she is frequently sought out by newspapers, televisions shows, and radio programs to comment on women’s issues. She also blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She lives in New York City.

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How to Make It, Break It, Keep It

Susan Shapiro Barash

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