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Relationship Skills (Over 78 Tools that Work!)

The relationship skills and tips (over 78 in this deck!) are proven to be effective by relationship experts. The Relationship Repair Game is based on some of the best relationship tips and advice from couples counselors, therapists, mediators and relationship coaches.

What Relationship Skills and Tools are in the Relationship Repair Game?

The relationship challenges, wounds and opportunities for growth live in the body, mind and spirit. The Relationship Repair Game engages each of these realms: Users are guided in a range of responses to relationship conflict, including internal inquiry and reflection, feeling and sensing, verbal communication, nonverbal expression, writing, drawing, music, movement, and practical tasks.

The relationship skills, tips and tools contained in many self-help and personal growth books and cards have inspirational cues such as "Speak your Truth" and "Develop Compassion"; yet are unclear about how and what we actually do. We have designed the Relationship Repair Game to be directly applicable, with options you can tailor to your own relationship.

THE Relationship SKILLS AND PROCESSES in the deck INCLUDE:

  • Active Listening Exercises

  • Validating Emotions

  • Authenticity without Blame

  • Utilizing Intentions/Goals

  • Empathic Listening

  • Transforming Anger / Guilt

  • Approaching as a Team

  • Using a Peace Pause

  • Do No Harm Commitments

  • Making Specific, Direct Requests

  • Developing Forgiveness

  • Embracing the Shadow

  • Separating Intent from Impact

  • Discerning Past Resentments

  • Setting Clear Boundaries

  • Developing Acceptance

  • Healing Attachment Issues

  • Taking Accountability

  • Re-writing the Story

  • Releasing Energy in the Body

  • Confronting Cognitive Distortions

  • Surrendering Control

  • Challenging Core Beliefs

  • Transforming Triangulation

  • Interrupting Argument Cycles

  • Healing Childhood Wounds

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Self-Soothing/Calming Techniques

"Interrupt the Pattern" A relationship skill from the deck.

"Interrupt the Pattern" A relationship skill from the deck.

Where did the relationship skills in the Relationship Repair Game come from?

I would like to thank the teachers and pioneers whose dedication to creating healing within and between people inspired many of the relationship skills, tips and advice adapted for this card deck. These include:

Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and “The Center for Nonviolent Communication

Dr. Ellen Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson and “The Couple’s Institute

Dr. Harville Hendrix and “Imago Relationships

Dr. Jeffrey Young and “Schema Therapy

Dr. Sue Johnson and “Emotionally Focused Therapy

Dr. David Schnarch and “Crucible Therapy

Dr. Stan Tatkin and “The PACT Institute

Dr. Aaron Beck and “Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Dr Peter Levine and “Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Drs. John and Julie Gottman and “The Gottman Institute

I am grateful for the supportive friends and family who encouraged and believed in this endeavor, and for the loving guidance and medicines of the plants.

Stuart Watson
Family Mediator; Portland, Oregon
Author of the Relationship Repair Game

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