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Monday, April 26, 2010

Women Who Try Too Hard: Breaking the Pleaser Habits by Dr. Kevin Leman

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Summary: Women try to create a positive relationship with their husbands but only know how to relate to their fathers instead. 

I loved Leman's The Birth Order Book but when Dr. Leman says "Bravo" to a woman who stays with her husband after his affair, I just got sick to my stomach.

The writing is old-fashioned and sexist. He describes each composite woman (individual case studies) as "attractive" or "slim and graceful" or as a "faded beauty." It felt like something the writers of TV's "Mad Men" would consult if they needed to create a therapist character.

You'd be better off watching an episode of "Bewitched" or maybe even "
The Burning Bed."

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