Communication Skills
for Restoring and Maintaining Togetherness

Robin Ticic and Bruce Ecker are offering a free, short, powerful self-help handbook for couples that concisely guides development of mindfulness, mutual respect and loving kindness in the practical form of twelve specific communication skills designed to stop a downward spiral and renew the feelings of caring connection and satisfying togetherness.

Each of the twelve skills is explained in simple, non-technical terms and is illustrated by sample situations and a pictorial glimpse of the skill in action. These are the most important immediate steps for improving couple communication in key ways that can revive a troubled, deteriorating relationship.

The writing of this “how to” handbook is designed to reach and engage all couple partners–and particularly those who are less familiar with emotional communication and often avoid it.


So often in couple relationships, both partners find themselves yearning for the satisfying togetherness they once enjoyed. The couple’s initial mutual delight has become eclipsed by problematic patterns of interacting that feed a growing dissatisfaction.

A very common cause of couples getting stuck in dissatisfaction is differing needs and expectations of each other in the area of emotional closeness. Is that your dilemma? Maybe one of you yearns for a type of connection that is not forthcoming… and the other one may be at a loss to understand what’s missing; or one of you is making every effort as well as he or she knows how to do, and feels that it’s just not being seen or acknowledged by the other one. Life experiences with closeness and emotional intimacy vary dramatically, starting from our very beginnings. And while there is no “right” or “wrong” about how to be close to another person, there are indeed some fundamental skills that can help partners become more closely aligned in giving and receiving and encouraging emotional intimacy.

This short but powerful “how to” handbook is designed especially for those partners who are less accustomed to emotional closeness. A relationship’s difficulties arise, as a rule, not from one partner being solely responsible, but rather from the contributions of both partners. Nonetheless, we have observed over many years of professional and personal experience that partners who initially feel uncomfortable with emotional intimacy can use the simple skills described in this book to discover the importance and the value of the emotional side of relationship. And those who are already at home with emotional closeness can further hone their skills.

As you become familiar with these specific skills, you may well find ways to work on this not just on your own, but together, in partnership. A whole cascade of welcome ripple effects could develop and enhance satisfaction in your couple relationship. Ideally, both partners will make use of this handbook.

You can view and download the free pdf eBooklet here:

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