Dr Janet Reibstein is a psychologist and psychotherapist whose research and clinical work primarily focuses on couples and families. She is a broadcaster, journalist and author, writing about relationships of all kinds. Janet teaches in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter.
Among other books, Janet is the author of Staying Alive: A Family Memoir (published UK and abroad) which documents the story of breast cancer and its treatment over the post-war period. It looks at the stories of how various family members were affected over fifty years, culminating in her own attempt to pre-empt cancer through preventative mastectomy and her subsequent experience (and defeat) of breast cancer.
Janet co-authored the Avon Breast Promise Report. The report explores why, despite all the information available, women are still not regularly checking their breasts. It is based on the psychology behind what will motivate a change in this behaviour. The research looked at what might motivate women at different stages of their lives to develop potentially life-saving and empowering habits of checking their breasts.
THE BEST-KEPT SECRET: MEN AND WOMEN’S STORIES OF LASTING LOVE – buy it here
(US title The Best-Kept Secret: How Love Can Last for Ever)
Statistics showing rising divorce rates and broken relationships abound, but they conceal another story – relationships that are happy and enduring. Janet Reibstein, psychologist and relationship expert, has talked in depth to 200 couples who have stayed happy together. Here she pulls back the curtains to reveal their best-kept secrets. Whether married or unmarried, gay or straight, they talk candidly and profoundly about their lives: what worked, what didn’t, how they survived strife and overcame it, the importance or not of commitment, monogamy, sex, romance, autonomy and independence, and of children (their own and from previous relationships), friends, relatives, ex-partners and in-laws. Lifelong love need not be elusive – this inspiring book convinces us that it is real and attainable.
PUBLICATION DATE: 24th January 2006
STAYING ALIVE: A FAMILY MEMOIR – buy it here.
They were three beautiful, promising sisters, daughters of Jewish immigrants – Mary, Fannie and Regina, young women during the pre-war depression. In a tragic twist of fate, all three were to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fannie died first, a young mother of three, then in the next decade, Mary, both lonely, painful deaths; while Regina struggled against her recurrent cancer until she was 64. Told by Janet, Regina’s daughter, STAYING ALIVE is the story of the sisters – their battle with what seemed an invincible foe and the toll it took on their personalities, their sisterhood, their marriages and their children, particularly their daughters who, too, were likely to be victims. At the centre is the intense relationship between Regina and Janet bound by love and a genetic curse – and ultimately, Janet’s momentous and far-reaching decision to be free of it.Candid and deeply moving, STAYING ALIVE is a truly inspiring story of survival, of hope and the possibility of overcoming destiny.