The Exceptional Seven Percent: The Nine Secrets of the World's Happiest Couples

Gregory K. Popcak, Author, Gregory K. Papcak, Author
Gregory K. Popcak, Author, Gregory K. Papcak, Author Citadel Press $19.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-55972-505-7
Reviewed on: 09/04/2000
Release date: 09/01/2000
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With a mature style that is intellectually appealing, Popcak shares his inspiring conviction that marriage can be a powerfully actualizing enterprise. Drawing on the results of several marriage studies, he contends that while most marriages are ""conventional"" (read: average), and some are even ""impoverished,"" a fortunate 7% are ""exceptional."" Having a marriage in the exceptional category, says Popcak, requires a commitment to live your life according to a ""Marital Imperative,"" a motto of sorts that identifies the most important qualities that each partner strives to manifest in life through the marriage. This imperative then becomes the basis for all decision making, including even minor daily activities. In this way, exceptional couples exhibit greater congruence between their actions and beliefs and stand a much greater chance of faithfully exemplifying their most desired personal qualities. Like Stephen Covey and Abraham Harold Maslow, Popcak focuses on the refinement of peak performance. Offering engaging exercises and checklists to help readers clarify their aims and progress along his theoretical pathway to self-actualization, he challenges conventional couples to recognize how much better their marriage could be with a few attitude adjustments and priority clarifications. Self-improvement aficionados will find his approach a welcome and refreshing addition to the genre. Illustrations not seen by PW. (June)
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