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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"An investigative journalist presents fascinating research on factors that appear more often in successful marriages than in unsuccessful ones. The age of marital partners, sexual arousal patterns, socioeconomic and educational status, conflict-management styles, and division of household chores all predict marriage viability. Health issues and compatibility of personal rhythms also make a difference, along with behavior patterns people can change, such as communication style. Cassandra Campbell's matter-of-fact but friendly reading strikes the right chord for this analytic guide. Her understated warmth and commitment to the material carry listeners through data and lists that would otherwise sound tedious. These strengths and the author's humanitarian tone should help listeners get a better perspective on the mysteries of love and feel more optimistic about its challenges. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"