The Commitment Dialogues: How to Talk Your Way Through the Tough Times and Build a Stronger Relationship

Version: Abridged
Author: Matthew McKay , Barbara Quick
Narrator: Lloyd James
Genres: Romance, Marriage & Family
Publisher: American Media International
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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A breakthrough guide to healing troubled relationships

Why do couples break up? In The Commitment Dialogues, bestselling author Matthew McKay dissects a range of typical dialogues gone wrong in order to illustrate how fear sabotages relationships. He introduces readers to 10 couples struggling with specific issues. As their dialogues unfold, each couple's core problems are revealed. Dr. McKay then shows how his techniques can help heal fractured relationships and get couples working as a team to resolve conflicts over money, children, monogamy, commitment, and more. Readers also learn:

* The four big relationship-damaging fears: Fear of Engulfment, Fear of Abandonment, Fear of Shame, and
* Fear of Emptiness
* How these fears underlie virtually every relationship issue and how to work through conflicts
* How conversations turn sour when people project their fears onto their mates
* Techniques for turning fears around for more productive, effective communication

Author Details

Author Details

McKay, Matthew

Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. His books combined have sold more than 2.5 million copies. McKay received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.

Quick, Barbara

Writer and poet Barbara Quick is the author of the novels "Vivaldi's Virgins" and "Northern Edge, " winner of the Discover Prize. "A Golden Web" is her first book for teen readers. An avid traveler and student of other languages, she has run an international boardinghouse; written everything from self-help books to humor columns to grant requests for disadvantaged children; and done whatever jobs she needed to do -- from landscape gardening to catering to editing -- to allow her to continue writing. She lives with her teenage son, Julian, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she takes frequen