Revealing Our Relationship through a Card Game | Enduring All Things

Friday, March 10, 2017

Revealing Our Relationship through a Card Game

I received the Relationship Reveal game in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

As I've said before, all relationships can use a little help and boost here and there, right? A marriage (or any relationship) consists of two different people with different backgrounds and experiences trying to live a life together. It can be touch. Communication can be hard. Connecting is difficult.

Even if you feel like your marriage is great and you're connecting really well right now, we can always do better. I like to look at working on my marriage in a preventative way, as terrible and unromantic as that sounds. If we make strong connections and strengthen our skills now, when things our good, we'll be able to withstand hard times in the future.
That's where things like taking The 5 Love Languages quiz, checking in weekly. reading marriage books, and Couple CheckUp come in handy. A new fun way we've found to stay connected and strengthen our relationship skills is through this Relationship Reveal game!
Sandra Fischer created Relationship Reveal because she witnessed people struggling to communicate in their relationships. They were holding things back for fear of the consequences or because they didn't have the words to express what was going on. She created a fun way to get couples to communicate and to help singles learn what kind of relationship they need.

The box contains 62 essential skills cards and a guidebook to help you learn about your skills and your partner's skills as well as what you may need to work on. They help you welcome vulnerability and explore fears, leading to greater intimacy. The interesting thing about the skills as that as you grow individually and as a couple through life experiences, the meanings of the skills will change for you. So you can play over and over and still get value.
Pearson and I played one version of the game where you play it sort of like Taboo. One person draws a skills card and tells a story from their life that describes that skill while the other guesses what the skill is (with the help of the Activity Map which lists all the skills included).

While this way of play seems simple and maybe even silly, it opened up a lot of dialogue between us. I learned things I never knew about him and I think he learned about me as well. I can't wait to play some other versions!
I read an interview that Sandra did with JKS Communications and I really liked her answer to the question "Ideally, what would you like someone playing Relationship Reveal to take away from it?"
If nothing else, I want people to learn to be confident and unafraid of what they want and who they are, and to be able to be kind to each other, even in the face of disappointment and pain. We all deserve dignity and respect. In a perfect world, I hope they learn what they want from their relationships and how they are empowered to contribute to making that happen. I want people to know they are OK and their partner is OK too, even though they are different. They are safe with each other to be themselves.
Sandra Fischer is a processional writer and consultant with a diverse background specializing in communications, people development and optimizing organizational effectiveness. With 25 years of experience working with companies including Microsoft, Amazon and AT&T, her experiences have been as unique and broad as managing the homepage for to developing an online marketing campaign for a literary novel launch.
What are some ways you like to connect with your spouse and strengthen your relationship skills?
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