If you’ve ever read a self-help relationship book, I can almost guarantee that you’ve heard about relationship skills. I’m talking about communication and conflict resolution skills. These are often the crux of education programs that aim to improve relationships and the topics that fill the vast majority of research articles on relationship success and satisfaction.
We’ve all muttered “what a jerk” or worse about someone we’ve known or dated, but what truly defines a jerk? It’s easy to toss this label on someone who cuts you off in traffic or doesn’t say thank you when you hold the door open for them. You know who I’m talking about! But actually