Couples consistently name "improved communication" as the greatest need in their relationships. Love Talk is a deep yet simple plan full of new insights that will revolutionize communication in love relationships. Includes The Love Talk Indicator, a free personalized online assessment ($30.00 value).
A breakthrough discovery in communication for transforming love relationships
Over and over couples consistently name "improved communication" as the greatest need in their relationships. Love Talk--by acclaimed relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott--is a deep yet simple plan full of new insights that will revolutionize communication in love relationships.
The first steps to improving this single most important factor in any marriage or love relationship are to identify your fear factors and determine your personal communication styles, and then learn how the two of you can best interact. In this no-nonsense book, "psychobabble" is translated into easy-to-understand language that clearly teaches you what you need to do--and not do--for speaking each other's language like you never have before.
Love Talk includes: • The Love Talk Indicator, a free personalized online assessment (a $30.00 value) to help you determine your unique talk style • The Secret to Emotional Connection • Charts and sample conversations • The most important conversation you'll ever have • A short course on Communication 101 • Appendix on Practical Help for the "Silent Partner"
Two softcover "his and hers" workbooks are full of lively exercises and enlightening self-tests that help couples apply what they are learning about communication directly to their relationships.
Love Talk is also available as an abridged Audio Pages(r) CD.
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Love Talk Copyright � 2004 by Les and Leslie Parrott This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Parrott, Les. Love talk : speak each other's language like you never have before / Les and Leslie Parrott. -1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-310-24596-6 (hardcover) 1. Man-woman relationships-Religious aspects-Christianity. 2. Interpersonal communication -Religious aspects-Christianity. 3. Love-Religious aspects-Christianity. I. Parrott, Leslie L., 1964- II. Title. BT705.8.P37 2004 306.7-dc22 2004012528 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version�. NIV�. Copyright � 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright � 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Published in association with INJOY, Inc., Duluth, Georgia. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /.DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 chapter one CAN WE TALK? Why We Wrote This Book Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated. Fred Rogers We talk a lot about talking. In nearly every conceivable corner of North America and in several places around the world, Les and I have demonstrated techniques and tools for improving a couple's communication. And it would be impossible to add up the number of times a couple has come into our counseling office after a communication meltdown and given us the common refrain: "We just don't communicate." To say we talk a lot about talking is no understatement. In fact, we talk so much about it that we have been asked on numerous occasions by counselees, seminar attendees, and publishers why we have never written a book on communication. And our answer has remained the same: because there are already many good books out there, and until we have something groundbreaking to say on the subject, we don't feel compelled to write about it. After all, we were doing our best in our own marriage to put into practice the principles and techniques other experts had proposed. Truthfully, we weren't always doing it well either. And even when we did, we often found ourselves wanting something more-something deeper that would connect our spirits. Isn't that the goal of becoming soul mates? Communication with the one you love is more than the mere exchange of words, even if done with elegant skill. Communication, if used to full advantage, holds the promise of bringing soul mates together at a level so profound that anyone on the outside can never truly comprehend it. So we set off to crack the code for meaningful conversation. We wanted to learn the combination for using communication to help us speak each other's language like we never had before. At least, that's the way Les puts it. I think of it more as uncovering some of the deep mystery of male-female relationships-knowing this relationship is too complex and multifaceted to be codified. Of course, we'll get to our differing