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Most people think that poor communication is the reason why so many relationships end, but it's actually the way we learn to think about our partners and our problems that kills trust, erodes intimacy, and cripples communication. In Why Can't You Read My Mind?, psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein reveals-for the first time-the nine toxic thought patterns at work in virtually ev Most people think that poor communication is the reason why so many relationships end, but it's actually the way we learn to think about our partners and our problems that kills trust, erodes intimacy, and cripples communication. In Why Can't You Read My Mind?, psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein reveals-for the first time-the nine toxic thought patterns at work in virtually every relationship, and shows couples how these distorted, negative, exaggerated thoughts can poison their love and end their union. With warmth and wisdom, Bernstein offers a simple yet powerful approach for breaking the toxic thinking cycle and helps readers establish new and more positive thinking habits for solving their problems and dealing with the stresses of everyday life. Packed with practical advice and valuable insights, Why Can't You Read My Mind? makes it possible for couples to remain in or return to loving relationships permanently, and points the way toward finding a truer kind of love with one another for the first time. Perfect for couples wanting to maintain their loving relationship as well as for those working to restore their love, this book provides the missing link, enabling couples to beat the relationship odds and sustain a long-term relationship.


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Most people think that poor communication is the reason why so many relationships end, but it's actually the way we learn to think about our partners and our problems that kills trust, erodes intimacy, and cripples communication. In Why Can't You Read My Mind?, psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein reveals-for the first time-the nine toxic thought patterns at work in virtually ev Most people think that poor communication is the reason why so many relationships end, but it's actually the way we learn to think about our partners and our problems that kills trust, erodes intimacy, and cripples communication. In Why Can't You Read My Mind?, psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein reveals-for the first time-the nine toxic thought patterns at work in virtually every relationship, and shows couples how these distorted, negative, exaggerated thoughts can poison their love and end their union. With warmth and wisdom, Bernstein offers a simple yet powerful approach for breaking the toxic thinking cycle and helps readers establish new and more positive thinking habits for solving their problems and dealing with the stresses of everyday life. Packed with practical advice and valuable insights, Why Can't You Read My Mind? makes it possible for couples to remain in or return to loving relationships permanently, and points the way toward finding a truer kind of love with one another for the first time. Perfect for couples wanting to maintain their loving relationship as well as for those working to restore their love, this book provides the missing link, enabling couples to beat the relationship odds and sustain a long-term relationship.

30 review for Why Can't You Read My Mind?: Overcoming the 9 Toxic Thought Patterns that Get in the Way of a Loving Relationship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terry Insinga

    I think the author picked a title that doesn't reflect what the book is really about. Based on the title I expected the book to be about not expecting our partner to be able to read our minds so therefore needing to be more aware of what we tell them. However, the book ended up being about getting rid of negative, toxic thoughts we habitually repeat about our spouse in our heads. It's definitely a good point and he had some good suggestions for helping with that but the book was a bit too long I think the author picked a title that doesn't reflect what the book is really about. Based on the title I expected the book to be about not expecting our partner to be able to read our minds so therefore needing to be more aware of what we tell them. However, the book ended up being about getting rid of negative, toxic thoughts we habitually repeat about our spouse in our heads. It's definitely a good point and he had some good suggestions for helping with that but the book was a bit too long for that one point (200 pages).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This is the best relationship self help book I've ever seen. I buy it for most of my girls when they move in with a boy, just because I know how frustraiting it can be. I'm living with my 3rd boy friend, and it's finally easier. I can come home walk into a messy place and NOT take it personal. It has nothing to do with me. I didn't know that until I read this book. This book teaches you how to communicate verbally those things you expect him/her to be able to 'just know'. No one can tell what's w This is the best relationship self help book I've ever seen. I buy it for most of my girls when they move in with a boy, just because I know how frustraiting it can be. I'm living with my 3rd boy friend, and it's finally easier. I can come home walk into a messy place and NOT take it personal. It has nothing to do with me. I didn't know that until I read this book. This book teaches you how to communicate verbally those things you expect him/her to be able to 'just know'. No one can tell what's wrong with you by the look on your face, or your body language. In all reality how is anyone supposed to know what's burning inside your mind, when you stare madly at them across the room. You ignoring them, or play mind games and getting mad they don't 'know' what the deal is, does not make the situation better. It doesn't matter how long you date someone, they will never be able to KNOW every emotion lingering inside your body- unless you tell them. Just because you have to say it does not mean you're not meant for each other, or you are not soul mates. He just isn't a mind reader, and you shouldn't expect him to be. Everyone is raised differently. Things you grew up doing because that's what your parents taught you, is not the same for every family. Just because something pisses you off and you silently keep repeating it he's not going to ever pick up your wavelingths. He's not telapathic, if he was you wouldn't need this book. It will teach you to speak your mind in a productive way. It will teach you how to talk what you think he should already know.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    My husband of 28 years is very interested in why I'm reading this book. My husband of 28 years is very interested in why I'm reading this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Lord

    People have misunderstood one another since the beginning of time–and, if the self-help genre is any indication, they continue to do so. Bernstein, a Philadelphia-based psychologist, describes “toxic” thought patterns that can damage even the healthiest relationships (readers will be reminded of those found in Clinton McLemore’s Toxic Relationships and How to Change Them: Health and Holiness in Everyday Life), He presents the MAP plan–Mindfulness, Alternatives, Practice–as the antidote to tenden People have misunderstood one another since the beginning of time–and, if the self-help genre is any indication, they continue to do so. Bernstein, a Philadelphia-based psychologist, describes “toxic” thought patterns that can damage even the healthiest relationships (readers will be reminded of those found in Clinton McLemore’s Toxic Relationships and How to Change Them: Health and Holiness in Everyday Life), He presents the MAP plan–Mindfulness, Alternatives, Practice–as the antidote to tendencies like labeling and blaming; he also offers techniques and activities for increasing intimacy, like making little things count. To boot, Bernstein clearly and conversationally discusses relationships in general, making good use of explanatory material and examples. While our partners really can’t read our minds, this book does offer hope–and, refreshingly, it throws in the occasional alternative lifestyle couple. Like John Gottman’s popular The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expertand Willard F. Harley Jr.’s His Needs, Her Needs for Parents: Keeping Romance Alive, this is appropriate for most. Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Hardie

    Generally good info and more useful than observations made by Malcolm gladwell. Practical. I liked the second half better as developing empathy is something I need to do and goes beyond my partner relationship. Will try those exercises

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erika RS

    My goal: find a good book about communication in relationships. There are endless books about communication and endless books about relationship, and most of them are written for an audience whose standard reading fare is magazine articles. I chose Why Can’t You Read My Mind? Overcoming the 9 Toxic Thought Patterns that Get in the Way of a Loving Relationship by Jeffrey Bernstein and Susan Magee because it was both relatively well rated and available at my library. My rating: 2/5 Why Can’t You Re My goal: find a good book about communication in relationships. There are endless books about communication and endless books about relationship, and most of them are written for an audience whose standard reading fare is magazine articles. I chose Why Can’t You Read My Mind? Overcoming the 9 Toxic Thought Patterns that Get in the Way of a Loving Relationship by Jeffrey Bernstein and Susan Magee because it was both relatively well rated and available at my library. My rating: 2/5 Why Can’t You Read my Mind? may be good for what it is, but what it is is not what I am looking for. It has some good tips, but this is more than countered by the authors’ barely implicit assumption that the only people reading this book are those on the brink of ending their relationship. Those of us who just want to learn concrete techniques for strengthening communication in our most important relationship are left feeling like we walked into someplace we don’t belong. If you can get past the fact that this book is written for magazine reading divorce candidates, it does provide a good number of concrete tips for improving communication in relationships.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This book uses the principles of cognitive therapy to help you turn off your "toxic thinking". The author proposes that if you thought your way out of love than you can think your way back in. Like most of the relationship books I have read the solution starts with you. You cannot change your partner, only yourself. You have to accept your responsibility for the problems and you are the only one who can fix them. You can't expect your partner to make you happy by being able to "read your mind". This book uses the principles of cognitive therapy to help you turn off your "toxic thinking". The author proposes that if you thought your way out of love than you can think your way back in. Like most of the relationship books I have read the solution starts with you. You cannot change your partner, only yourself. You have to accept your responsibility for the problems and you are the only one who can fix them. You can't expect your partner to make you happy by being able to "read your mind". If you can't accept your part then the book won't work. If you are willing to take responsibility then there is a lot of helpful ideas in it even though most seem to be common sense. I found the fighting fair section especially helpful. If you are in a mentally or physically abuse relationship then this book is not going to fix anything. The book requires a lot of effort and conscience work to stop the cycle of "toxic thinking". The book would probably be the most helpful if both partners are willing to read it but it is still worthwhile to read even if only one person wants to change.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    Another self-helpy type book that I began a long time ago and just ended now. It's main worthwhile point in my opinion is the concept of "Toxic Thoughts". "Your thoughts can get you into trouble, however, when the negative ones stop being occasional and become more frequent, habit-like, unrealistic, intense, and distorted. When that happens, you're experiencing toxic thinking." "By controlling our toxic thinking, we can control our feelings." As I am discovering by the number of "self-helpy" type b Another self-helpy type book that I began a long time ago and just ended now. It's main worthwhile point in my opinion is the concept of "Toxic Thoughts". "Your thoughts can get you into trouble, however, when the negative ones stop being occasional and become more frequent, habit-like, unrealistic, intense, and distorted. When that happens, you're experiencing toxic thinking." "By controlling our toxic thinking, we can control our feelings." As I am discovering by the number of "self-helpy" type books that I started a long time ago and am only now finishing, is that most of them really only need to be half size to teach the main components. I guess they would be harder to take seriously if they were only 100 pages, but really the gist of the book tends to be in the first 100 pages and the rest a bit of a snooze fest. Still, if you are dealing with someone who frequently practices toxic thoughts this book and may be helpful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Offered some helpful tips; well suited to anyone who finds themselves being occasionally irrationally negative in relationships. I'm glad I read it. We'll see if I can put Mr. Bernstein's methods into practice.. Offered some helpful tips; well suited to anyone who finds themselves being occasionally irrationally negative in relationships. I'm glad I read it. We'll see if I can put Mr. Bernstein's methods into practice..

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book allowed me to see myself in a relationship and understand the thoughts I were having were sabotaging my own happiness. Regardless of the relationship this book will help anyone looking for answers from their partner....when their partner isn't talking. This book allowed me to see myself in a relationship and understand the thoughts I were having were sabotaging my own happiness. Regardless of the relationship this book will help anyone looking for answers from their partner....when their partner isn't talking.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leah Afriat

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gina Smith

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian Martinez

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

  15. 5 out of 5

    SpudGirl

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Ortega

  17. 5 out of 5

    Justin Ellenwood

  18. 4 out of 5

    Monique

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carmela

  23. 4 out of 5

    Drew Topel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Zinsser

  25. 5 out of 5

    Parlare o Morire

  26. 4 out of 5

    Theann Faucher

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ranette Carlson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

  30. 5 out of 5

    River

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