Proven Skills for Navigating the Real Challenges of Intimate Relationships
What does it take for couples to sustain love? How can you deepen your relationship even when you and your partner disagree, fight, or let each other down? "Intimacy isn’t something you have. It’s something you do," teaches Terry Real. "It’s a minute-by-minute practice of connecting to others through empathy, vulnerability, and accountability." With Fierce Intimacy, this renowned author offers a revolutionary way of living in connection―one that allows you to cherish your partner, yourself, and your relationship in equal measure.
How to Communicate with Love and Respect―Even When You Argue
Terry’s approach to relationship is called "full-respect living"―to skillfully and honestly assert your needs while also honoring your partner’s needs. In these six sessions, he presents invaluable training for individuals and couples on developing the skills necessary for this authentic way of connecting. You’ll begin by learning how to clear away the outdated beliefs and habits that keep you from developing healthy self-esteem. Then Terry will help you and your partner transform the Five Losing Strategies that sabotage relationships into the Five Winning Strategies that lead to clear communication, trust, and mutual support.
"When we dare to be more vulnerable and open and honest, we are forging new territory," says Terry Real. Whether you’re still seeking a partner or want to breathe new life into your existing relationship, Fierce Intimacy brings you essential tools for connecting with true respect, uncompromising honesty, and ever-deepening love.
• The adaptive child―how to recognize and defuse self-sabotaging habits
• Unhealthy self-esteem traps for men and women
• Identifying your CNI (Core Negative Image)―a key to making arguments constructive instead of destructive
• The Feedback Wheel―a four-step approach to revolutionize your communication
• The Five Losing Strategies: our impulses to control, retaliate, and be right all the time
• The Five Winning Strategies for shared happiness, connection, and success
TERRY REAL is an internationally recognized family therapist, speaker, and author. He founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals, and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology. A family therapist and teacher for more than 25 years, Terry is the bestselling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, the straight-talking How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women, and The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work.
A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired clinical fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow therapists. Through his books, the Institute, and workshops around the country, Terry helps women and men, parents and non-parents to help create the connection they desire in their relationships. His ideas on men’s issues and on couple’s therapy have been celebrated in many venues, including Good Morning America, The Today Show,20/20,Oprah, and the New York Times. For more, visit terryreal.com.