Silent Agreements

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Silent Agreements

How to Free Your Relationships of Unspoken Expectations

Linda D. Anderson, PhD, Sonia R. Banks, PhD, Michele L. Owens, PhD, Bahni Turpin

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Silent Agreements will help readers define the unspoken beliefs and expectations that might be causing dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and resentment in their relationships, giving them the tools to explore these agreements and work toward healthier communication with a partner, friend, boss, or family member.

If you have relationships, you've likely been part of silent agreements. Silent agreements are the implicit "rules" of your relationships that arise from unspoken beliefs and expectations that both parties hold, stemming from your earliest experiences and reinforced as you mature. They can sound something like "The person who makes more money should pay for the dates," or "My boss doesn't offer me a raise, and he knows I won't ask for one." These agreements can hinder your relationships, remaining undiscussed due to fear, aversion to conflict, feelings of obligation, or guilt. Because expectations so rarely line up and neither person will address the issue, a silent agreement can cause unhappiness and resentment on both sides.

Clinical psychologists Drs. Anderson, Banks, and Owens will help you explore your agreements and work towards healthier communication with a partner, friend, boss, or family member. In the process, you'll learn more about your own motivations and how to dismantle the the beliefs that don't serve you. With guidelines and advice on how to have productive conversations about sex, money, commitment, family, the workplace, and health, this book will help you lift the silence and resolve those land-mine issues before they do irreparable damage.


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Linda D. Anderson, PhD:
LINDA D. ANDERSON, PH.D. is a professor, organizational manager, clinician, and consulting psychologist. She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has been in private practice for over 25 years helping adults, adolescents, and children transform their lives.

SONIA R. BANKS, PH.D. has been a licensed practicing psychologist in New York and Virginia for over 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Wellesley College, a Master of Human Resource Management from the New School for Social Research, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. After working as Chief Learning Officer at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Va, Dr. Banks founded the innovation firm, @Play.Inc.

MICHELE L. OWENS, PH.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City with over 25 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and both a Master and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute. She trains mental-health professionals and presents workshops on subjects that include relationship enhancement, self-care and stress reduction, effective communication, and living and working in a diverse world.


LINDA D. ANDERSON, PH.D. is a professor, organizational manager, clinician, and consulting psychologist. She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has been in private practice for over 25 years helping adults, adolescents, and children transform their lives.

SONIA R. BANKS, PH.D. has been a licensed practicing psychologist in New York and Virginia for over 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Wellesley College, a Master of Human Resource Management from the New School for Social Research, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. After working as Chief Learning Officer at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Va, Dr. Banks founded the innovation firm, @Play.Inc.

MICHELE L. OWENS, PH.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City with over 25 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and both a Master and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute. She trains mental-health professionals and presents workshops on subjects that include relationship enhancement, self-care and stress reduction, effective communication, and living and working in a diverse world.


LINDA D. ANDERSON, PH.D. is a professor, organizational manager, clinician, and consulting psychologist. She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has been in private practice for over 25 years helping adults, adolescents, and children transform their lives.

SONIA R. BANKS, PH.D. has been a licensed practicing psychologist in New York and Virginia for over 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Wellesley College, a Master of Human Resource Management from the New School for Social Research, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. After working as Chief Learning Officer at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Va, Dr. Banks founded the innovation firm, @Play.Inc.

MICHELE L. OWENS, PH.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City with over 25 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and both a Master and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute. She trains mental-health professionals and presents workshops on subjects that include relationship enhancement, self-care and stress reduction, effective communication, and living and working in a diverse world.


LINDA D. ANDERSON, PH.D. is a professor, organizational manager, clinician, and consulting psychologist. She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has been in private practice for over 25 years helping adults, adolescents, and children transform their lives.

SONIA R. BANKS, PH.D. has been a licensed practicing psychologist in New York and Virginia for over 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Wellesley College, a Master of Human Resource Management from the New School for Social Research, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. After working as Chief Learning Officer at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Va, Dr. Banks founded the innovation firm, @Play.Inc.

MICHELE L. OWENS, PH.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City with over 25 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and both a Master and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute. She trains mental-health professionals and presents workshops on subjects that include relationship enhancement, self-care and stress reduction, effective communication, and living and working in a diverse world.

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