'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 Relationship Problems

Managing relationship problems

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference

Reinhold Niebuhr

This chapter focuses on creating and maintaining happiness in relationships by preventing and managing problems. All partners in relationships crave happiness. Unfortunately, as the high incidence of marital breakdown and distress shows, under the weight of problems many partners fail to maintain the level of happiness created earlier.

Relationship problems can vary in severity, duration and frequency. They can generate more heat than light. In addition, what may seem minor issues from outside may possess symbolic meanings to either or both partners that can create huge rows. Consequently problems are not just matters of ...

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