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Permanent partners : building gay & lesbian relationships that last

Author: Betty Berzon
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Today, more than ever before, gay and lesbian couples want long-lasting, fulfilling, happy relationships. But in order to accomplish this, the notion of "partnership" itself must be radically reinvented. Gay men and lesbians must learn to imbue relationships with the same importance that their heterosexual counterparts do--in a society that still offers none of the same support. This book, written by a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betty Berzon
ISBN: 0452286212 9780452286214
OCLC Number: 55738250
Description: 350 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1 It's Time for a Change: Reinventing Gay and Lesbian Relationships 15 --
2 Building Compatibility: Living with Differences and Working with the Effects of Relationship Myths and Fantasies 30 --
3 Feeling Good About Being Gay: Understanding How Sexual Identity Conflict Can Affect Your Relationship 49 --
4 "What's Going on Here?" Learning to Diagnose the Underlying Problems in Your Relationship 66 --
5 "Are You Listening to Me?" Improving Communication with Your Partner 96 --
6 "Who's in Charge, Now?" Addressing Power and Control Issues 115 --
7 Jealousy: A New View of an Old Problem: Looking at the Broader Meanings and Positive Uses of Jealous Feelings 151 --
8 Fighting the Good Fight: Learning to Deal with Conflict Constructively 169 --
9 The Sexual Agenda: Improving Sexual Communication, Resolving the Monogamy Issue, and Coping with Sexual Desire Differences 201 --
10 Money Issues: Understanding the Role of Money in the Power Equation and Setting Up the Optimal Money Management Plan for Your Relationship 249 --
11 Empowering Your Relationship Legally: Making Use of Contracts, Joint Tenancy Ownership, Estate Planning, and Insurance Coverage to Protect Your Partnership Legally 265 --
12 The Family, God Bless 'em: Integrating Your Families into Your Life as a Couple 285 --
13 Having Children, Taking vows, Telling the World: Taking Advantage of Some New Options in Gay and Lesbian Relationships 320 --
14 The Inevitability of Change in Your Partnership: Recognizing the Effects of Unspoken Contracts and Change-Resisting Routines 333 --
15 In Praise of Our Partners: Giving Voice to Affection and Admiration, Affirming Lover and Love Alike 344.
Responsibility: Betty Berzon.
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Today, more than ever before, gay and lesbian couples want long-lasting, fulfilling, happy relationships. But in order to accomplish this, the notion of "partnership" itself must be radically reinvented. Gay men and lesbians must learn to imbue relationships with the same importance that their heterosexual counterparts do--in a society that still offers none of the same support. This book, written by a psychotherapist who specializes in working with lesbian and gay male couples, offers clear, compassionate advice and counseling on the internal and external problems faced by two men or two women as they create a life together. Warmly supportive, Dr. Betty Berzon draws on real-life examples from her professional practice and her own long-term partnership to help couples improve communication, "fight fair," resolve conflicts, and affirm both their love and their commitment in a relationship that works today, tomorrow, and forever.--From publisher description.

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