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Maidenfolk Picks: 7 Relationship Strengthening Reads

Maidenfolk Picks: 7 Relationship Strengthening Reads

As we mature, we unfortunately aren’t given a handbook on how to navigate relationships and all the emotions that come with it. We may have conditioning, past trauma, or a variety of challenges that come along with us in every relationship we enter. The closest thing we can get to a how-to handbook might be these relationship strengthening reads.

Books are an accessible, affordable, and powerful way to weed through some of the questions we undoubtedly have about relationships. They can uplift, inspire, and teach us how to best show up for our lives. They remind us of what is important when we get overly tangled in our inner worlds. Above all, these books remind us that we aren’t alone in the pursuit of strengthening our relationships.

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Here are seven of our favorite relationship strengthening reads:

1. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson

This book is a game-changing way to strengthen your relationship. Dr. Johnson demonstrates her method of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, leading readers through 7 healing conversations to have in your relationship.

2. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

Psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller explain the science behind attachment theory and how this contributes to why some people navigate relationships more effortlessly than others.

3. I Want This to Work: An Inclusive Guide to Navigating the Most Difficult Relationship Issues We Face in the Modern Age by Elizabeth Earnshaw

This culturally tuned in book outlines how to navigate the most challenging relationship issues that we face in the modern age. Learn how to identify what’s not working coupled with how to create a safer space to connect.

4. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel

World renowned couples therapist Esther Perel discusses the paradox between sexual desires and domestic relationships. She offers especially transformational ways of re-igniting desire in long-term relationships.

5. The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships by Dr. John Gottman and Joan DeClaire

This book reflects on 20 years of relationship research to bring you the tools you need to mend and strengthen your relationships through emotional connection.

6. Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment by Gay Hendricks and Kathlyn Hendricks

This book teaches you how to keep your relationship with yourself while also working on your relationship with another. Clarify your best intentions, release old wounds, and communicate without arugements.

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7. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

Learn about the 5 love languages to transform how you approach those you love, especially in romantic relationships. Strengthen your bonds by more deeply understanding what makes people feel loved.

For further relationship strengthening reads, check out this Maidenfolk article on books for nurturing stronger friendships.

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