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The Critical Partner (eBook)


In The Critical Partner, readers use a variety of assessments and checklists to assess the core “schemas,” or entrenched patterns, that drive their partners’ critical behavior. The book provides tools for identifying the schemas that attract readers into relationships with critical partners, and then clearly presents a variety of powerful schema therapy skills for reducing criticism, improving communication, and ending destructive relationship patterns.


When you are in a relationship with a critical partner–someone who constantly blames you and holds you to unrealistic standards–you may feel picked apart, unworthy, and unhappy. You may start to wonder if you’ll ever be good enough for your partner. This guide can help you repair your relationship by getting to the root of why your partner criticizes you so that you both can build a more loving and supportive partnership.

Based in schema therapy, The Critical Partner can help you gradually change unhealthy relationship patterns and help your partner move beyond the need to criticize. Through a series of assessment quizzes and worksheets, you’ll learn what’s driving your partner’s behavior and what makes you vulnerable to critical attacks. You’ll also discover alternative coping strategies for deflecting criticism and break the long-standing conflicts that keep you from moving forward as a couple. This book will help you get to the root of the problem so that you can repair your relationship and get the love you want.

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Michelle Skeen



Publish Date

11 – 2011


9781608820283, 9781608825998


9781608820283, 9781608825998


New Harbinger Publications

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