A lot of people are embarrassed, maybe even unwilling, of reading relationship advice books, or self- help books in general. They shouldn’t be. Nobody is born with all of the necessary wisdom you need when you’re making your relationship work.
There’s nothing wrong with seeking outside help to improve your relationship. In truth, there are times in all of our lives when we stumble around helplessly, wondering “what is a normal relationship supposed to be like?”
Robert Glover – No More Mr. Nice Guy: Glover shows that many men who act like “nice guys” are really men who ignore their own needs — which makes you prone to codependency, manipulativeness, and resentfulness. Sound familiar? If so, he shows you how to break out of those patterns and be a decent person without being a doormat.
John Gray – Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: Although it consists of generalities about gender that aren’t necessarily true of everyone, its central thesis is totally reasonable — that men and women tend to be different, and that you’ll have a better relationship if you acknowledge these differences and work with them. This is a good one for couples to read together.
Michele Weiner Davis – The Sex-Starved Marriage: We all think/hope that our marriages will be filled with awesome, meaningful sex. But often that’s not quite what happens. And a lack of physical affection can poison a whole relationship. It’s embarrassing to confront, but you’ve got to, and this is one of the marriage counselling books that can help.