FIGHT FAIR! Winning at Conflict Without Losing at Love

Tim Downs, Author, Joy Downs, Author . Moody $12.99 (208p) ISBN 0-8024-1424-9

All married couples have conflicts, say the Downses (The Seven Conflicts); the question is how they handle them. In this practical manual, the authors explore common sources of marital disagreement, emphasizing communication techniques, an attitude of humility and a willingness to abandon old habits (such as avoidance or aggression) in favor of assertive mutuality. The "game" metaphor that is used throughout grows a bit tiresome, but the advice is solid. The book is accessibly written and attractively designed, with pull-out quotes, bullet points and sidebars. Readers will find the workshop-style appendices to be helpful guides for setting "rules" to govern fair fights. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/30/2003
Release date: 08/01/2003
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