Author(s): Holly Parker, PH.D
A step-by-step guide for coping with emotionally unavailable partners. Living with an emotionally absent partner can be overwhelming. Constantly combatting outright hostility or overcoming subtle distance can leave you with the sense that the give-and-take in your relationship has disappeared. But with the right tools, even the most broken relationship can be reinvigorated. Harvard University clinical psychologist Dr. Holly Parker has aimed her focus on helping real-world couples move forward toward a fulfilling future. She has developed a program filled with practical exercises and powerful advice for individuals on both sides of an emotionally damaged relationship. In "If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?, "Dr. Parker presents her revelatory insights on topics such as: - How to identify unavailable personality types, such as the Critic, the Sponge, the Iceberg, the Emotional Silencer, and the Defender - How to create healthy emotional connections and boost physical intimacy - How to eliminate habits that trigger self-sabotaging behavior - How to set realistic goals for relationships With patience, empathy, and willpower, Dr. Parker's program can help you restore balance and peace of mind, and turn your damaged partnership back into a rewarding and joyful bond.
Holly Parker, PhD, is a faculty member in the department of psychology at Harvard University, a clinical psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, and is the author and coauthor of dozens of scientific papers appearing in peer-reviewed journals. She has worked extensively with individuals and couples in her private therapy practice, and with veterans and their families in the areas of depression, trauma, self-esteem, and relationship issues. In addition to her teaching and clinical work, Dr. Parker has created four treatment programs for veterans and frequently presents her work at conferences and workshops. Presently, she is working on two research grants to examine exercise-based interventions as a way to heal emotional wounds.