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The Marriage Makeover

The Marriage Makeover

Finding Happiness in Imperfect Harmony

Joshua Coleman, Ph.D.; Foreword by Julia M. Lewis, Ph.D.

St. Martin's Griffin



A clinical psychologist with a thriving family practice, Dr. Coleman sees the same situation again and again: Couples enter therapy on the verge of divorce and after several weeks find a renewed sense of joy and interest in their marriage. At last, unhappy couples now have a viable alternative to divorce. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Joshua Coleman reveals a revolutionary new perspective on marriage and adult happiness. By suggesting simple yet practical tools to help couples "make over" their lives, Dr. Coleman has taught thousands of people how to live happily together in imperfect harmony.


Praise for The Marriage Makeover

“Psychologist Joshua Coleman has the power to single-handedly slow the rate of divorce.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“This is a radical book. It challenges some of the most dearly held American beliefs about marriage and long-term relationships...And it offers the astounding idea that having a marriage characterized by such 'imperfect harmony' can be part of a satisfying, happy life.” —from the foreword by Julia M. Lewis, Ph.D., co-author with Judith Wallerstein, Ph.D. and Sandra Blakeslee, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

“Psychologist Coleman steps back from the traditional assumption that spouses must find great personal satisfaction within their marriage and examines alternatives-apart from divorce-for those with children who are experiencing problems. Recommended for academic and public libraries!” —Library Journal

“Coleman handles his subject with great care.” —Chicago Tribune

“Coleman's words are a welcome antidote to unrealistic portrayals of domestic bliss.” —Publishers Weekly

“This book is a great contribution to the literature. It will significantly help people think carefully and thoughtfully about their marriages...This book offers clear and concrete help navigating these challenging and important questions that plague so many couples and individuals.” —Jessica Broitman Ph.D., Faculty, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute

“Dr. Coleman has successfully managed to bring the reader beyond the black and white debate of marriage versus divorce into the rich grays of relationship and parenting . . . he has brought us a text which will appeal to a public desperate for new ideas about how to stay married with children. His book will also be invaluable to health care professionals eager to deepen their understanding of this complex topic.” —Dale C. Dallas, M.D. Chief of Physician Wellness, Associate Chief, Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Services, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Walnut Creek

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About the author

Joshua Coleman, Ph.D.; Foreword by Julia M. Lewis, Ph.D.

A leading expert on marriage and relationships, Dr. Coleman's advice has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Parenting Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Psychology Today, and many others. Dr. Coleman has served on the clinical faculties of The University of California at San Francisco/Mount Zion Hospital Medical Center and the Wright Institute Graduate School. He has been a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and currently writes a column for Twins Magazine. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joshua Coleman Ph D.

Julia M. Lewis

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