How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free (3rd Edition) by Tina B. Tessina, Riley K. Smith

By Tina B. Tessina, Riley K. Smith

Reviews have proven that who've the instruments to barter and cooperate are extra capable of create lasting, loving partnerships permitting every one member of the partnership to be unfastened. This completely revised and extended version is written as a handbook and exhibits tips on how to exchange cooperation with compromise or pageant. It contains many step by step directions and directions, and introduces the "negotiation tree", a device which may support any couple flip a fight or struggle right into a cooperative problem-solving consultation.
The e-book is designed particularly for those who search a version for equivalent partnership, and who are looking to rework fight into teamwork. it really works for who're married, cohabiting, or dating-in a standard or replacement courting.
This is a device for designing and making a courting specific in your person personalities and state of affairs to create a loving, sustainable, fit, and equivalent partnership

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Is the Problem Clear to You? If yes, If no, State your problem to your partner, Can your partner help you clarify the get confirmation that it is under- problem by discussing it? stood, and proceed to Step II. If yes, Discuss problem until it is defined, then proceed to Step II. ” If no, Do it yourself by: 1. Doing the Problem Inventory (Chapter 2, page 61). 2. If still unclear, read Chapter 2, Define and Communicate the Problem (page 51). 3. If still unclear, do the Clarifying Your Wants Exercise (Chapter 5, page 181).

Hurt feelings, upsets, and even rage can result. When you feel very confused or more upset than the problem warrants, you and your partner have probably developed a secret expectation, or unconscious set of “shoulds,” that can be one of the major reasons problems between couples do not get solved. The exercises that accompany the Negotiation Tree will help you understand what secret expectations are, how they develop, and what to do about them. When your secret expectations are no longer secret, the source of many mysterious and confusing upsets in your relationship will be astoundingly clear.

34 How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free Cooperative Problem Solving also motivates you and your partner to participate equally and actively in resolving struggles because the goal of Cooperative Problem Solving is always to develop a solution that is completely satisfying to both of you. Cooperative Problem Solving minimizes confusion by teaching you specific options, such as how to clarify and communicate the problem, how to make sure your partner is equally involved, and what to do when your partner doesn’t want to cooperate.

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