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Scott Haltzman is the author of the books The Secrets of Happily Married Men, The Secrets of Happily Married Women, The Secrets of Happy Families, and The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a former clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown University. Dr. Haltzman has practiced psychiatry for more than 20 years. He has appeared on The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America, and has been featured in TIME magazine, Glamour, Redbook, Parent’s Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune.
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In this episode, Dr. Scott Haltzman—psychiatrist, relationship counselor for over 20 years, and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women—discusses the fundamental differences between men and women in the areas of needs, desires, communication, sex, and happiness. Husbands and wives alike have unique thoughts, feelings, and needs that must be addressed to foster a successful marriage, but often these needs are neglected due to conflicts.
One of the biggest conflicts in marriage is a lack of communication—men communicate information verbally in order to get a message across; whereas women use language as a way to connect. Another area of conflict is sex—men communicate love and affection through sex; whereas women need love and affection before they desire sex. Thirdly, husbands and wives experience conflict due to assumptions that are not based in reality. Dr. Haltzman gives timely, expert advice on how to bridge the communication gap and relate to each other in ways that make sense and bring happiness to the marriage.
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