Many common couple problems--about sex, emotional intimacy, money, housework, in-laws--are driven by deeper differences in partners’ life paces, punctuality practices, time perspectives, and rhythms. It isn’t surprising that couples today often experience time arrhythmias, which can erode their relationships and become a hidden source of conflict. In this workshop, through lecture, videotaped couples session, questionnaires, and experiential exercises, you’ll learn a powerful “4-R” Relationship Analysis that helps couples Reveal underlying time discrepancies, Revalue differences, Revise unsuccessful time patterns, and Rehearse new relationship rhythms that can result in newfound emotional connection. Rather than just hoping they’ll “find time,” couples will discover how to proactively maintain a healthy balance between work time and “life time.”
Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., is associate professor of psychology at the City University of New York and director of the Ackerman Institute’s Center for Work and the Family. He’s written extensively on work/family balance and is the author of Sync Your Relationship, Save Your Marriage: Four Steps to Getting Back on Track.