Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and the love fades. Raising children and dealing with money during an economic recession magnifies the problems even as those problems become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage.
The biggest culprit in this dynamic is defensiveness. Active listening, a good solution, is rarely used. Warren Farrell developed Cinematic Immersion, a method that enables couples to actively listen to their partner without feeling defensive. Once defensiveness is replaced by feeling loved, work on the discipline of mutual appreciation can begin. Through this process, passion is reignited without sacrificing stability.
As couples master Cinematic Immersion and the discipline of love, they will be shown how to apply what they've learned to other family members and to work colleagues.
This workshop is for couples and clinicians. A couple is any two people who have a history together (such as parent-child, siblings, married or divorced parents) and who want a future with improved communication. Clinicians are first shown how to practice handling personal criticism without becoming defensive in their own relationship, and then receive all the tools and handouts to allow them to train their clients to be able to do the same.
Recommended reading: Farrell, Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say and Father and Child Reunion.
CE credit for psychologists;
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;