The New Couple: Why the Old Rules Don't Work and What Does

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With fifty percent of marriages ending in divorce and the ever-increasing numbers of "trial" marriages, serial monogamists, and "scared singles," attaining a happy, long-lasting relationship can seem hopelessly out of reach. Conventional relationship advice promises such fulfillment in love, but really only adds to the confusion, anxiety, blame, and heartbreak. Where can couples turn when the old rules don't work anymore? Seana McGee and Maurice Taylor, couple educators and husband-and-wife psychotherapist team, have the answer.

Taylor and McGee's "Ten New Laws of Love"--based not only on what they've learned in their practice working two-on-two with couples from all over the world, but also on what's made their own marriage thrive--put couples andsingles on the path to attaining success in love. Each chapter introduces a basic principle such as chemistry, equality, and peacemaking, and through examples and powerful pointers, teaches you how to incorporate these natural relationship "laws" into your own couple, so that you and your partner can transform your troubles into triumphs and your frustration into satisfaction. Simple checklists help to determine what's working, what isn't, and how to progress toward more healthy, enduring love. For all couples--living together or married, straight or gay, with children or without--The New Couple offers tools for emotionally and sexually fulfilling relationships that last.

In the quest for safety, belonging, continuity, and comfort, we too often fall back on traditional, deeply ingrained expectations and assumptions about relationships, including such stifling stereotypes as the male provider and the good wife and mother. But these conventions ignore our individual needs to learn to love ourselves and to find and fulfill our true life's work, as well as our need for a more authentic, ongoing emotional connection to our mate. Maxims such as "do something nice for each other every day," "be positive," "never go to bed angry," and "treat your spouse as you would a stranger" are hardly sufficient to heal serious rifts and re-establish all-important trust. Taylor and McGee provide the keys for a deeper understanding of modern partners' "higher order needs" and the tools for their fulfillment within the context of a committed, loving, and honest relationship.

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Maurice Taylor, M.A., and Seana McGee, M.A., a married couple, are psychotherapists specializing in couples counseling. They are internationally known relationship experts and founding directors of New Couple, Intl., a seminar and lecture organization for couples and singles in Sausalito, California.

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"Maurice Taylor and Seana McGee have boldly declared the end of the 'traditional marriage' and replaced it with an image of the 'new couple.' The 'ten new laws of love' is a remarkable clear, systematic and complete guide for couples living in the modern context. All couples who are willing to be guided by the 'new rules' will be greatly helped to live in the reality of successful marriage. I highly recommend it." -- Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

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