Select list of Books for “Relationships”

The insights and practical suggestions from these remarkable books helped people in their twenties to sixties break free from the grip of stressful relationships. Reading once is not enough as the authors’ suggestions run counter to our current beliefs and habits. Per my experience, it is essential to read or listen repeatedly till the new ideas get embedded in the mind, to use the suggestions and derive the benefits.

Clicking on the author’s names will take you to the author’s page in, to see the books by the author.

Prices shown are for used paper books from including shipping. Wherever available, links to free online summaries of the books are provided.

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to talk so teens listen and listen so teens talk $8

How to talk so kids listen and listen so kids talk – 20th anniversary edition $8

Mark Goulston

Just listen – Discover the secret to get through to absolutely anyone $8.     Summary of chapters

Talking to crazy – How to deal with the irrational and impossible people in your life $12    Review

Susan Forward

Emotional blackmail – When the people in your life use fear, obligation and guilt to manipulate you $8. Review by a therapist 11 pages

Toxic parents – Overcoming their hurtful legacy and reclaiming your life $6    Book summary

Men who hate women and women who love them – When loving hurts and you don’t know why $5

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny,  Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Crucial conversations  – Tools for talking when stakes are high $9. Wikisummaries

Crucial confrontations – Tools for resolving broken promises, violated expectations and bad behavior $5  Executive book Summary

Karl Pellimer

30 lessons for loving – Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage $15.

30 Lessons for living – Tried and true advice from the wisest Americans $6

Gary Chapman (Author of series of books on using the 5 love languages approach)

The 5 love languages – The secret to love that lasts by Gary Chapman $8. 

Harriet Lerner 

The dance of anger – A woman’s guide to changing the pattern of intimate relationships $9

The dance of connection – How to Talk to Someone When You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate $5

Harriet B. Braiker

Who is pulling your strings  – How to break the cycle of manipulation and regain control of your life $8

The disease to please – Curing the people pleasing syndrome $6

Other authors

Children of the aging self absorbed – A grown-up’s guide to getting over narcissistic parents – Protecting yourself, letting go of old patterns and building a new sense of self by Nina W. Brown $10

The power of positive confrontation – The skills you need to handle conflicts at work, at home, online and in life by Barbara Pachter $12

Emotional vampires – Dealing with people who drain you dry by Albert J, Bernstein  $4 

Invisible chains – Overcoming coercive control in your intimate relationships by Lisa Aronson Fontes $13

Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life by Henry Cloud & John Townsend $5

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