My most exciting announcement is that despite the controversial topic, I just released my 2nd book, "Happily Un-married: Living Together & Loving It!
Since millions of couples now live together and cohabitation is becoming widely accepted and popular among all ages, I thought it was time to take a serious and non-judgmental look at the changing "face" of the cohabitation phenomena.
Like it or not, for many young couples today, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are their new family role model. In addition, years of condemnation appear to be backfiring as many cohabitating couples reject the guilt-laden attempts to discourage their living arrangement. Instead, most cohabiters fear a failed marriage even more than the criticism, so opt to live together despite the odds. I think it is time that we begin to view cohabitation differently... it is the new American institution.
I am a retired marriage counselor living in near Asheville, NC. I'm married with 2 children & 2 grandchildren.
I'm am also an organizational researcher, consultant, business trainer and author. My education includes a Masters in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development. I am the President of IOD, Inc., which has been providing consulting services to hundreds of organizations nationwide in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
I have years of experience as a marriage and family counselor. Then, in the mid-1980s, I transferred my focus to organizational development work which is what I do to the present day. However, recently in harkening back to my first career as a marriage counselor, I have begun to formulate a new model for building successful intimate relationships base on business concepts.
The model involves showing couples how to create a relationship "built to last" using concepts they know well from the world of work... businesses have vision statements so why not a vision statement for couples, businesses have brands and logos so why not a "love logo" for the couple, business provide a job description for every employee so why not a job description for the couple and so on.
Finally, I have chosen to focus my new book on a very "under-served" group... cohabitating couples. My latest book is the first to take a serious and non-judgmental look at helping these couples improve the fitness of their relationship.
Robert D. Reed
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