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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tara Parker-Pope Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We’ve all heard the statistic: Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. It’s enough to make many couples give up when the going gets rough, thinking that’s what everybody else does. But what if it weren’t true? What if, in fact, it’s not only possible but often easier than you think to save a seemingly troubled relationship? These are the questions leading New York Times blogger Tara Parker-Pope asked herself after her own divorce. An investigative journalist on the health and wellness beat, she turned to some of the top biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and other scientists for the facts about marriage and divorce.

Those facts were more positive and provocative than she’d ever expected, and For Better offers page after page of astonishing, eye-opening good news. Parker-Pope presents the science behind why some marriages work and others don’t; the biology behind why some spouses cheat and others remain faithful; the best diagnostic tools created by the most cutting-edge psychologists to assess the probability of success in getting married, staying married, or remarrying. There are questionnaires to uncover potentially damaging hidden attitudes toward spouses. There are tools to show the impact of routine, fresh activity, and how small adjustments can make a huge difference. Tara Parker-Pope’s genius is for exploring the science behind the big issues that affect our lives every day and translating that science into advice that we can use—every day.

For Better is the definitive guide to the most profound relationship of our lives.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny Stringham | 2/4/2014

    " It was really interesting reading about the statistics/science behind what makes a good marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting. A lot of it I have read before, but it's great to have it all in one cohesive, easy-to-reference volume. It normalizes a lot of relationship problems and gives scientifically sound advice instead of preaching. I think it's great for anyone in a relationship to read, married or not! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Libby | 1/11/2014

    " A solid, evidence-based reminder that strong, healthy marriages require work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Madison | 1/10/2014

    " I learned some interesting things from this book (the first 3 minutes of a fight have the biggest impact on your marriage, splitting the household duties is important to reduce tension- but may reduce passion, arguing does not equal a bad marriage, etc.) However, the fact that Parker-Pope normally writes for magazines is obvious. It reads like a feature magazine article that a student had to stretch out in order to meet a page requirement. There's a lot of summaries and often studies are cited over and over again. I'd recommend skimming. "

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About the Author

Tara Parker-Pope, who writes the “Well” blog for the New York Times, is one of the newspaper’s most popular and most e-mailed journalists. She appears regularly on radio and television, including Today, Good Morning America, and CNN. Parker-Pope lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.