Partner swapping not for real world: Switch therapist
Experts on Seven’s new partner-swapping reality show The Super Switch have pre-empted the series premiere with a warning: do not try the switcheroo at home. “This is a TV show,” the show’s psychotherapist Guy Vicars, below, said. “I wouldn’t advise couples who are struggling to do this. But what (switching partners) does is open their eyes. It helps them to see current problems with a fresh look.”
The new show, which debuted last night, features struggling couples trying to work through their problems with various strategies, including trying a new partner.
Asked if partner switching was advisable in real life, Vicars said: “No. You don’t have the same containment the show provides — you don’t have the experts around to help.
“It’s not actual therapy. We’re trying to be therapeutic but it’s not actual therapy. I genuinely hope people get something good from the show. It’s a bit of fun and there’s a bit of drama to see.”
Another expert on the show, psychologist Jacqui Manning, also below, said the benefit of switching partners on the show was to recognise faults in a relationship.
“Often people get stuck in thinking the problem lies with the other partner,” she said.
Manning believes relationship education in schools would help couples navigate the minefield of love.
“We don’t know how to do relationships well, we’re not taught . . . people put a lot of pressure on themselves that they should magically know, and they don’t,” she said.
“I would love to bring this teaching into schools with age-appropriate guidance,” she said.