Size: 6 x 9
Pub Date: 8/2000
Next to the Last Word, The
Dwight L. Barr, Mary A. Barr, Michelle Hoffman
Have you ever felt yourself smoldering after an argument with a loved one, friend, or parent? Running through all the things you should have said, and all the things you wish you hadn't? If you are human, you've probably been there. In his down-to-earth self-help book, The Next to the Last Word: Stopping the Cycle of Conflict in Human Relationships, Dr. Barr explains the importance of silence and true listening, the value of independent thinking, and offers a host of other practical advice. From navigating a new marriage to dealing with rebellious teenagers, Dr. Barr's next to the last word philosophy offers useful insight, told with humor and charm.
Take charge with The Next to the Last Word:
"The next to the last word is a stance, a state of mind, a way to preserve your own sanity, maintain your self-control and reduce your anxiety. Too often we blame the other person for starting an argument, and we forget our personal power to prevent it. Getting next to the last word reminds us that we can either escalate or defuse a conflict. If we don't compete for the last word, the fight fizzles."
Chapters Included in The Next to the Last Word:
What Is the Next to the Last Word?
The Impact of Silence
Shaping a Next to the Last Word Attitude
Relating With One Another-and the Power of Being Still
What Happens After the Honeymoon
At the Heart of the Family: Foundational Values
Setting up House-A Next to the Last Word Structure
The Next to the Last Word Parent
An Evolving Next to the Last Word Family System
Bio: DR. DWIGHT L. BARR finished The Next to the Last Word just two weeks before he died in 1997 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mary, his wife of almost 50 years, and his office manager, Michelle Hoffman, readied his ideas for publication so that others who seek nurturing relationships can benefit.