Relationship Expert Dr. Bonnie Weighs in on NBC's Marriage Ref

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Dr. Bonnie critiques the first episode of Jerry Seinfelds new comedy The Marriage Ref and while hilarious finds it falls short in demonstrating communication skills that foster intimacy.

"The first debut of NBC's new television series, The Marriage Ref, was wonderful, hysterical- the funniest," relationship expert Dr. Bonnie reports. Although Jerry Seinfeld has made it clear that his new show is a comedy, and therapists will not be a part of the line-up, there was an attempt in the debut to use relationship-building tools. Dr. Bonnie would like some serious dialogue mixed in with the comedy to teach couples how to build intimacy.

Dr. Bonnie adds "The moderators attempted to use Smart Heart Skills, but they failed to demonstrate good communication techniques. The actors used the couples as though this were a sporting event and someone would come out the winner. When a couple competes instead of using win-win techniques, the goal of intimacy--to show empathy and compassion-- is lost." Smart heart communication skills are not about being right or wrong. Smart Heart Skills teach couples how to "walk in the others shoes" making the person feel safe.

Author of Make Up Don't Break Up Dr. Bonnie's Smart Heart tools through Smart Heart skills in the book, are techniques used to develop emotional intimacy, use positive affirmations, and keep partners connected to each other.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil is known as the "Adultery Buster" and the #1 Love Expert in the World. She is the author of the Best Selling book Make Up Don't Break Up (second edition due out March 2010 with accompanying DVD "Falling in Love and Staying in Love for Singles and Couples") as well as Adultery the Forgivable Sin. Dr. Bonnie focuses on couples, singles and families (including children and her innovative theory- Family Play Therapy) For further information on Adultery/Addictions and how to how to cushion the pain a child feels - please visit http://www.doctorbonnie.com for contact info.

COMING UP: Discovery Health Channel "Unfaithful" featuring Dr. Bonnie and her patients on adultery/cybersex. April 4 9pm est.

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