#8: Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples
In this work, Harville Hendrix, a couples counselor by trade, introduces what he calls Imago Relationship Therapy, which he describes as having been built upon a variety of psychiatric and couples counseling precepts, including cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy, and depth psychology.
What’s more, where a lot of the books on our list focus explicitly on singles or on getting a relationship started, this work focuses on what to do when you’re already a couple but hitting a rough patch.
This one’s been around for a while, having been published in 1988. On the one hand, that means there are definitely more modern entries on this list; on the other hand, there’s something to be said for staying power, and a 20th anniversary edition of Hendrix’s text was published not that long ago, meaning it’s attracted enough of a following to warrant that distinction at least.
Speaking of which, if you’re going to check this out as one of the best relationship books for couples, you definitely do want to get that 20th anniversary edition. In it, you’ll find expanded versions of many of the most notable chapters from the original, a new chapter, and much more.
If you’re set to spend the day specifically Googling for “best relationship books for couples,” you may want to save yourself the time first and give this one a try.