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Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work Paperback – December 1, 2006
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As a clinical psychologist, I believe that the main strength of this book is its practical approach. Every chapter contains a wealth of helpful case examples, interactive worksheets, and constructive couple exercises. However, as the topic areas addressed become more complicated, so do the interventions, thus demanding an even greater level of participation from the reader. As the authors say in their introduction, this book is designed for couples who are willing to work; there must be a real commitment to engaging fully in the activities suggested in order to derive benefit. Topics addressed include listening, expressing feelings/needs, providing reinforcement, negotiating, problem-solving, coping with anger, and assertiveness techniques.
For couples who share joint motivation to work on their relationship and who are willing to put in both the time and effort required to learn and practice the skills set forth here, this book is likely to be useful and informative. However, those who feel more ambivalent towards their partners and/or are looking for a quick fix are likely to be disappointed in work-intensive approach necessary to obtain benefit from this skills-focused guide. Overall, I rate this book 4 1/2 stars, as it does require a high level of commitment.
It helps you realize what your problem is and actually giving you the solution. It is truly teaching you a skill how to be a good partner. Which many people, including myself, is lacking due to upbringing, personally, etc. it's helpful and very practical!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The exercises are quite useful to better communication techniques.Published 2 months ago by Monkey Rat
I enjoyed reading this book. There were quite a few sections that I was able to relate to and use in my personal life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LeslieBear
It's so informative, it broadens your understanding on the skills necessary for relationships to succeed.Published 3 months ago by Rogue
great book, very helpful examples and exercises to apply the skills you've learned within the chapter.Published 5 months ago by dmc
This is one of the best books on communication that I have read and used. The authors really understand people and not only provide the framework for correcting communication... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary C