Couple skills: making your relationship work

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New Harbinger Publications, 1994 - Family & Relationships - 280 pages
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Couple Skills is different from other relationship books in that it focuses on action and change rather than theory. You can pick and choose what you most want to learn, focusing only on skills and chapters that are relevant to your needs. Each chapter has a standardized format and covers one skill.

The book covers a wide range of topics: listening skills; expressing feelings and scripting needs; reciprocal reinforcement; clean communication; identifying and changing cognitive distortions; negotiation; problem solving; assessing and changing aversive strategies; coping with anger; coping with an angry partner; time out; identifying schemas about your partner; old tapes: separating your partner from your parents; coping with your defenses; identifying and intervening in your couple system; expectations; rules; and acceptance.

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About the author (1994)

Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. His books combined have sold more than 2.5 million copies. McKay received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.

Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. the founder of a men's support group in northern California. He has authored and coauthored of eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and When Anger Hurts Your Kids.

Kim Paleg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and El Sobrante, CA. She is on the faculty of John F. Kennedy University. She is a contributing author to the self-help classic When Anger Hurts and coedited the widely used professional book Focal Group Psychotherapy. She specializes in couples and family therapy and conducts workshops on parenting.

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