The Relationship Skills Workbook by Julia B. Colwell is a book that wants you to get down to the nitty gritty. Like all DIY projects, this Do-It-Yourself Guide to Thriving in a Relationship requires you to dig deep and get your hands dirty, because this is an unashamedly practical resource and the author has some important work for you to do. There are pages throughout that need activities undertaken and questions answered, inviting you to examine, act and reflect on your relationship in a number of different ways.
If your partnership is in a state of disrepair and you find yourself regularly descending into arguments or power struggles, Dr Colwell is here to assist with her bag of relationship-fixing tricks. There are essential tools here that can help triage and treat immediate issues with some timely relationship first aid, with sections devoted to crisis resolution and conflict, moving past power struggles and ending the blame game.
Once the most pressing issues have been dealt with and resolved, the workbook helps with the transition from volatile reactivity to creative relationship solutions, offering strategies to help support each other’s growth and success and concluding with ways of sustaining love, passion and romance.
By the end, you should have a book covered in pen scribbles, coffee stains, a few greasy spots where you found yourself comfort eating from a bag of corn chips and perhaps a teardrop or two. With a little bit of hard work and dedication the conclusion of the workbook might just deliver a happy end result – a conscious partnership built on cooperation and trust.
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