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Steven Stosny

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Steven Stosny is the founder of CompassionPower in suburban Washington, DC and author of several books on improving relationships. He has taught at the University of Maryland and at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Stosny argues that marriage counseling, psychotherapy, anger management, and abuser treatment often makes relationships worse because, among other things, the therapists make hurt women feel ashamed of their natural feelings of guilt; because the therapy is too slow-acting, requiring a great many weekly one-hour sessions; and because in their efforts to build working alliances with reluctant male clients, counselors reinforce that the husband has been mostly right and the wife mostly wrong. Stosny argues, "Abuser groups fail because they focus on negative attitudes, rather than the core hurts that cause them."

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