Well being in the workplace: enjoy the benefits to all of your life

Employees are demanding additional benefits in the modern workplace including a wide range of programs for physical, mental, financial and spiritual health. As the line between work and play continues to blur, employers are investing in wellbeing programs as both a social responsibility and a talent strategy. In a Deloitte survey of Australian organisations, 39% … Continue reading Well being in the workplace: enjoy the benefits to all of your life

The Couple Checkup evaluates up to 25 important areas in a couple’s relationship including eight core scales

The Couple Checkup is an online couple assessment consisting of 20-25 relational content areas that have been found to be significant for couples. The Couple Checkup is based on the PREPARE/ENRICH Program (Olson, 2002) and contains many of the same categories.While the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventories are designed for counseling, the Couple Checkup is designed for relationship … Continue reading The Couple Checkup evaluates up to 25 important areas in a couple’s relationship including eight core scales

Relationship Dynamics: If each partner becomes more assertive in their relationship, the other three relationship dynamics will be positively impacted

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: Assertiveness - the ability to express one's feelings and … Continue reading Relationship Dynamics: If each partner becomes more assertive in their relationship, the other three relationship dynamics will be positively impacted

Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 4 – Dominance)

Partner dominance is problematic when a person does not want their partner to be in such a controlling position. A high score on Partner Dominance should trigger a discussion with the person scoring high. Based on the research, PREPARE/ENRICH has discovered that there is a positive cycle linking assertiveness and self-confidence and a negative cycle … Continue reading Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 4 – Dominance)

Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 3 – Self-Confidence)

Self-confidence is seen as a valuable integrative concept because it is easier to change than self-esteem and focuses heavily on the positive attitude of being able to control your own life. Based on the research, PREPARE/ENRICH has discovered that there is a positive cycle linking assertiveness and self-confidence and a negative cycle linking avoidance and … Continue reading Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 3 – Self-Confidence)

Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 2 – Avoidance)

Based on the research, we have discovered there is a positive cycle linking assertiveness and self-confidence and a negative cycle linking avoidance and perceived dominance. In the positive cycle, as a person uses more assertiveness, their level of self confidence tends to increase. As a person’s self confidence increases, their willingness and ability to be … Continue reading Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 2 – Avoidance)

Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 1 – Increasing Assertiveness)

Based on the research, we have discovered there is a positive cycle linking assertiveness and self-confidence and a negative cycle linking avoidance and perceived dominance. In the positive cycle, as a person uses more assertiveness, their level of self-confidence tends to increase. As a person’s self-confidence increases, their willingness and ability to be more assertive … Continue reading Positive and Negative cycles in Relationships: Linking assertiveness and self-confidence and avoidance and partner dominance (Part 1 – Increasing Assertiveness)

Communication, conflict resolution, couple closeness and couple flexibility were the four foundational skills found to be most predictive of a successful relationship.

An important goal of all Relationship Education is to help build new strengths by resolving current issues. A national survey in the US of over 21,501 married couples identified these four important relationship skills that are key components for a happy marriage (Olson and Olson, 2000). Since then research has consistently found communication and conflict … Continue reading Communication, conflict resolution, couple closeness and couple flexibility were the four foundational skills found to be most predictive of a successful relationship.

Keep practicing what you have learnt: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

They say practice makes perfect, but when it comes to our relationships, we are likely to make mistakes. The key is building awareness and developing skills and practicing those skills. Be aware of the ineffective ways we resort to when there is conflict and understand the physical signs that give us an indication that things … Continue reading Keep practicing what you have learnt: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Validate what your partner says: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Having an argument does not mean that your relationship is in trouble. By listening and speaking in a non-defensive fashion, avoiding criticism you can help foster healthy discussion. Disagreements and differences are an inevitable part of life but by speaking non-defensively, this positive posture will benefit your relationship. The following four strategies from relationship guru … Continue reading Validate what your partner says: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity