‘Relationships and Family’ Articles at Counselling Resource

Articles and book reviews on relationships and family cover family therapy, marriage counselling and other couples work.

Are You Dating a Loser? Identifying Losers, Controllers and Abusers

If you’re dating a ‘loser’, you may recognize in your partner some of these characteristics described by Consulting Clinical Psychologist Joseph M. Carver, PhD. This article continues with a note on dangerous versions of the ‘loser’ and offers guidelines for detachment. Also see the new “Relationship Quiz: True Love or True Loser?”, which may help you to identify and highlight experiences of concern within your relationship.

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Nichols on the Lost Art of Listening

Although subtitled “How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships”, a descriptive alternative for this book would have been “Psychoanalysing Myriad Ways Communication Can Go Wrong”. The bulk of the volume is given over to two things: examples of communication failures; and explanations, almost exclusively psychodynamic in nature, of what can go wrong or what could have gone differently. Oh, and jokes: lots of jokes, irony and sarcasm.Rating: 2.5

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