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The Power of the Middle Ground: A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship The Power of the Middle Ground: A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship

by Marty Babits

Book Reviews

"According to couples therapist and educator Babits, the 'middle ground' is the place where neither partner dominates, each approaches problems productively, and love and compassion come alive. His realistic directions on reaching the middle ground include seeing issues from the other's point of view, emphasizing the positive, and developing patience. It would be most beneficial, he notes, if both partners practiced the steps . . . together. But even it just one of them uses this book as a tool for introspection, the relationship -- whether straight or gay -- should greatly improve . . . Recommended."
--Library Journal

"An easy to read self-help book with many clinical vignettes and couple-strengthening exercises. . . . Babits has accomplished the art of describing what needs to be achieved and how to achieve it at the same time. His concept of the 'middle ground' is imbued with hope and is utilitarian at the same time. . . . I would recommend the book quite highly, especially to couples who are at the end of their patience with the relationship. I would also recommend the book too any clinician who works with couples to help them develop a more positive stance in their treatment."
--Paula F. Eagle, M.D., Associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; faculty member, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research; and in private practice in New York City

" . . . The Middle Ground is where the heart of a relationship's aliveness, its resilience, is located. . . . The middle-ground is a potential that exists within love's province, in which the hard-edged realities of keeping a contemporary relationship vital, can be found."
--From the Preface, by Ron Taffel, Ph.D.; Executive Director of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, NYC; Author of Parenting by Heart and Breaking Through to Teens

"[Drawing] on thousands of hours of experience as a professional couple and family therapist . . . Babits offers a detailed, practical, and sophisticated approach to human relationships where challenge threatens to overwhelm love. His book is a joyful tribute to possibility."
--Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D., Author of Freud's Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918-1938 and associate professor of social work, Hunter College, City University of New York

"Babits presents a thought-provoking self-help odyssey for couples, gay and straight, who want to be engaged in building and enriching their relationships. Easy to read, with questionnaires, exercises, and illustrative vignettes, The Power of the Middle Ground offers couples a unique chance to hear and understand one another."
--Hillary Mayers, LCSW, Codirector, Institute for Child, Adolescent and, Family Studies' Chances for Children Program, New York City

"This book is a welcome addition to the self-help couples literature. It empowers couples to find creative ways to heal and develop relationships. It offers helpful exercises to guide couples and their therapists in the pursuit of understanding, communication, and negotiation. A great contribution."
--Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D., Psychotherapist/sex therapist in private practice

Online Reviews

"This book finally explains the concept that many of us have believed in, but never had words for. This is a place that can be learned, believe it or not. Marty Babits will teach you in The Power of the Middle Ground. As he states early in the book, the middle ground isn't about compromise. The Power of the Middle Ground was well written in easy to understand chunks that make a lot of sense. It's more than common sense that is in this book, it's uncommon sense that forces us to move past hurtful selfishness without losing ourselves."