Part­ner swap­ping not for real world: Switch ther­a­pist

The West Australian - - TODAY -

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.

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