Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight

Seven Conversations for A Lifetime of Love

Book - 2008 | First edition
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Introduces the author's Emotionally Focused Therapy technique, explaining how to assist couples by treating their relationship as a love-based, attachment bond that can be healed through a reestablishment of safe emotional connections. The Most Successful Approach to creating loving relationships, endorsed by the American psychological Association as scientifically proven, is now, for the first time, available in a book. Whereas other forms of couple therapy have been shown in studies to be only about 35 percent effective in healing relationships, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, has achieved an astounding 75 percent success rate. And results are long-lasting. Hold Me Tight will pave the way toward a deeply fulfilling and enduring bond.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316113007
Call Number: 158.24 J69h 2008
Characteristics: xii, 300 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 14, 2018

I think everyone should read this book! It is meant for couples, but I've enjoyed the content solo, as my husband refuses to read it with me. Its been so helpful for me to read & understand these concepts that are perhaps obvious but I had forgotten how essential they were.

Mar 26, 2017

This is a valuable book for willing couples who desire a task-oriented program as it presents examples of real life couples in therapy with the author. Sue Johnson’s language and explanations are clear and realistic as she guides couples in how to navigate conflict using focused, productive conversations. If it sounds formulaic, it is to a certain extent, but it is those tools - which need practice and repetition - that offer hope. Much more reliant than scrambling directionless through the muck of old patterns … you always do/say that - sound familiar? A very worthwhile read for all couples, regardless of where they are on their couples journey.
And when there is only one willing partner, the book’s practical exercises in hearing and expressing basic attachment needs, a theory backed by solid research, helps to sort through the layers of the reader’s own psyche.

Dec 23, 2012

The concepts in this book are really exceptional, but poorly explained. Any guy deserves an award if he reads the book. Essentially, most couple fights are about people's deepest fears, not about what they are actually fighting about.

ksoles Sep 01, 2012

In "Hold Me Tight," Susan Johnson asserts that accessibility, responsiveness and engagement in the emotional bond provide the keys to a couple's happiness and satisfaction. She uses attachment theory to explain how partners love and why they fight and she demonstrates the human desire for connection: we constantly seek it, we thrive when we have it, we suffer when we don't, we fight for it when it's threatened and we grieve when it is gone.

Drawing on years of clinical research, Johnson presents a program of discovery and growth to help couples develop stronger bonds. Through her seven conversations, she untangles vicious cycles of interaction, explores underlying emotions and creates new strategies for dialogue. Although it may not contain the most recent research on relationships, "Hold Me Tight" provides intelligent and insightful advice to help couples tackle their core issues.


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