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A New Kind of Relationship
by Drs. Hal Stone and Sidra Stone

This book is about how to love each other without losing yourselves. In our swiftly changing world, old rules, roles, and patterns of behavior no longer work as they did in the past. This can be disorienting. Many people just give up on relationship altogether!

Psychologists and international teachers, Hal and Sidra Stone, were passionate advocates of relationship during their professional and personal partnership, which lasted more than forty-five years. They experienced the magic of relationship and the many challenges to maintaining this magic. They saw in their own lives – and in the lives of thousands of others - the rich rewards that come with an understanding of the universal patterns that underlie all relationships. In "Partnering", they show us how to turn our current relationships into true partnerships or "joint ventures" in which partners naturally move beyond both self-criticism and their judgements of others.

They used their own connection as the laboratory for exploring every aspect of relationship as they passed through its many phases. From falling in love through the challenges of marriage, step-parenting, grand-parenting, professional collaboration and aging, their partnership continued joyfully until Hal passed away in 2020 at the age of 92.

They believe that we have only begun to see the seemingly endless possibilities that open to us as our relationships evolve.

    Section 1

    A New Way of Looking at Partnering

    Chapter 1
  • Relationship As a Joint Venture 
  • Chapter 2
  • But I Thought I Was Married to Just One Person! Our “Selves” in Relationship
  • Chapter 3
  • Mapmaking for Partners: Understanding the Patterns in Your Relationship 
  • Chapter 4
  • Vulnerability: The Key to Intimacy and Beyond
  • Chapter 5
  • The Magic of Linkage: Energetic Connection As a Healing Force

    Section 2

    Enhancing Relationship

    Chapter 6
  • Passionate Partnering: Sexuality and Sensuality beyond the Bedroom 
  • Chapter 7
  • Partnering As a Business Venture: Learning to Share the Details of Life
  • Chapter 8
  • Partnering and Parenting: A Couple’s Guide to Romance
  • Chapter 9
  • The Top Ten Challenges to Relationship: Keeping Your Love Alive Amid Life’s Routines
  • Chapter 10
  • Partners on the Path: Spirituality and Partnering

  • Afterword

    The Star Maiden’s Basket

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