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I took this book on holiday and really enjoyed reading it! I have been with my partner for 30 years so perhaps I know a little about "Enduring Love"?! Even so, I found it comforting to read about other people's experiences (we are not alone in our relationship experiences!). The book made me think about our relationship and it also made me smile. I would recommend this book to others - it clearly sets out a solid framework for finding enduring love.
The Secrets of Enduring Love’ is a beautifully gentle companion for people in longterm relationships, in all the varied ways that people choose to commit to each other. It has an expansive feel. There are a delightful number of quizzes to engage in to discover more about our loved ones. Relationships can be so tough, not least because of the sets of circumstances, conflicting needs, stressful life events and pressures that fall upon them. This book includes awareness of this, whilst, not overly dwelling on these aspects, because it maintains a focus on what works to get through stuff together. It walks alongside you, saying, ‘Hey, have you thought about this?’ and ‘How about looking at it this way?’ and ‘These people say this has been helpful for them, maybe that might help you too?’
Und mehr ist das Buch auch nicht. Es werden Zitate aus den Befragungen der Teilnehmer gebracht, die kurz kommentiert werden. Leider sind die Kommentare nicht sehr hilfreich und fassen im Grunde nur die Zitate zusammen. Man erfährt in diesem Buch schon interessante Details, wie Menschen zusammenleben, aber mehr auch nicht. Es ist mehr eine Bestandsaufnahme als eine psychologische Untersuchung.
Der Schreibstil ist sehr monoton und der Titel leider irreführend. Dort werden keine Geheimnisse offenbart und es wird nicht erklärt, wie man selbst seine eigene Beziehung verbessern kann.
Im Großen und Ganzen fand ich das Buch etwas enttäuschend. Ich empfehle dagegen Christoph Joseph Ahlers oder David Scharch.
When I bought 'Enduring Love', my wife snorted about people who think the answer to everything is read the manual. In fact 'Enduring Love' is the name of an Open University research project enrolling 5,000 respondents. I was expecting data, statistical analysis, IQ and personality correlates and some well-founded conclusions.
I was so wrong. It's a soggy self-help book. The volunteers have been mined for case-history anecdotes. So if you want to know that it's better to keep the burned marmite toast for yourself, and serve the perfect one to your partner, (p. 29), I can't recommend this book highly enough.