'Relate counsellors interested in extending their learning about cognitive therapy will find this manual a comprehensive guide'- Jan Hobbs, Relate News 'An easy-to-read, comprehensive text which provides a practical guide to skills for starting, maintaining and cultivating successful relationships, whether of opposite sexes or the same sex' - The Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology Creating Happy Relationships is written in a comfortable non-academic style, using simple everyday English, and incorporates recent research and theory. In addition to many vignettes of partners creating and cultivating happiness there are plenty of practical activities for improving partner skills. This book is a major resource for prospective partners, couples, for marriage preparation and counselling courses, and human communication and relationship education courses in schools, colleges and universities.

Managing Anger and Communicating Assertively

Managing anger and communicating assertively

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

Ralph W. Stockman

In this chapter my focus is on individual partner skills of managing anger and asserting yourself, whereas the next chapter focuses on your joint skills of solving relationship problems together. On the one hand, you can destroy happiness in your relationship by not managing your anger well. On the other hand, you can create happiness and avoid unnecessary pain by communicating assertively. American psychologists Robert Alberti and Michael Emmons define assertion as follows: ‘Assertive behavior promotes equality in human relationships, enabling us to act in our own best interests, to stand up for ourselves without undue anxiety, to express honest feelings ...

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