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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244818
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This revised and expanded edition of the classic relationship-skills book offers couples a comprehensive approach to better communication, greater intimacy, and deeper commitment. The new edition includes way to use acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles for better conflict management.

Customer Reviews

In the middle of reading book and love it already.
Sharon
You can be certain that you may learn many new vocabulary words that will help you understand what type of communication you are using with your partner.
Shahe Coello
Couple Skills is a great resource for learning essential relationship skills, particularity communication.
Moshe Ratson

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Couple Skills is written by three established authors in the self-help field. The authors argue that their approach is unique in that it focuses on action and change, thereby requiring the active involvement of the reader. Furthermore, they have designed each chapter of the book to stand alone, thus allowing readers to pick and choose the sections of the book which are most personally applicable.

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.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. Harper on September 14, 2007
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This is my favorite couples' therapy book. Not only do I use it constantly when I work with couples, but I've recommended and shared it with my interns and with psychiatric residents who are working with couples for the first time. Practical and down-to-earth, it provides useful examples and exercises for couples, both new and long-term. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Chavez on February 5, 2009
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We love this book! It has saved our relationship! I recommend this to any couple that is going thru a rut. it has excellent communication exercises that can be put into play immediately for lasting results.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rachel C Hodgetts on February 11, 2012
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This book can really save a marriage, even if read by just one partner. This made me realize my own role in contributing to the problems in our marriage, and gave helpful advice for how to approach potential hot issues in a more productive, caring manner. I can't praise it enough. Much of this may be just basic psychology, but it works! I have bought a few copies to give to friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy F. Browning on January 12, 2013
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This book (in its first edition) was recommended to me by my therapist years ago. I found it very useful because it has areas to work on with your partner and areas that are optional based on your life experiences (topics such as "not seeing your partner through the lens of what your parents did"--not a direct quote). Each chapter's theoretical basis is explained clearly, and then there is an example, making it easy to see how this idea would play out in real life.
I have loaned my copy to many friends, and I have bought copies for those who wanted one. I highly recommend this book. It's best if your partner has a copy, too, but you will learn and grow even if you are the only one working on the issues and strategies this book covers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moshe Ratson on March 27, 2011
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As a psychotherapist, I do recommend this book to many of many clients.
Couple Skills is a great resource for learning essential relationship skills, particularity communication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Key chain on May 9, 2013
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Great book, had to get another one for my lady to read as well. I would recommend anyone to buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perette Halpin on January 31, 2013
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I use the defense mechanisms part in my couples work VERY frequently. Seems like the examples are diverse in their language.
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