An assessment of Relationship Dynamics in a couple relationship provides additional insight into the positive and negative cycles that each partner displays and enables awareness and skills building to minimise the negative impact of the four interrelated areas.

What are Relationship Dynamics?

The course areas are:

  1. Assertiveness – the ability to express one’s feelings and ask for what one wants in the relationship
  2. Self-Confidence – how good one feels about oneself and their ability to accomplish what they want in life
  3. Avoidance – the tendency to minimize issues and reluctance to deal with issues directly
  4. Partner Dominance – how much one feels controlled or dominated by their partner.

Assertiveness and self-confidence relate to each other in a positive cycle. The idea is the more assertive a person is, the more self-confident they are, this allows them to be more assertive. The positive cycle strengthens both dynamics by the nature of how they are interrelated.

Cycles are not always positive though… avoidance and partner dominance relate to each other in a negative cycle. The more avoidance a person introduces into the relationship, the more they allow space for their partner to dominate, which perpetuates the avoidance, and so on. Thus a negative cycle is occurring.

PREPARE/ENRICH research has shown, the more healthy and happy the couple, the higher both partners are on assertiveness and self-confidence and the lower their scores on avoidance and partner dominance.

If each partner becomes more assertive in their relationship, the other three relationship dynamics will be positively impacted. Self-confidence will increase, while avoidance and partner dominance will decrease.

Take the Couple Checkup

Simply click on the Get Started button below relevant to your relationship – it couldn’t be easier. Once you have finished the questions you should receive your comprehensive personalised report in about 30 seconds.

Take the Couple Checkup

The Couple Checkup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The Couple Checkup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.

The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions.

The goal is for the Couple Checkup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.

For more information on the use and analysis of the Couple Checkup or to simply use the tool, please contact: or call today (02) 9520 4049 #couplecheckup #relationship


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