The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

by John Gottman PhD, Nan Silver


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With more than a million copies sold worldwide, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work has revolutionized the way we understand, repair, and strengthen marriages.

John Gottman's unprecedented study of couples over a period of years has allowed him to observe the habits that can make—and break—a marriage. Here is the culmination of that work: the seven principles that guide couples on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward yet profound, these principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground, and achieving greater levels of intimacy.

Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else.

Packed with new exercises and the latest research out of the esteemed Gottman Institute, this revised edition of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553447712
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 4,199
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JOHN GOTTMAN, a leading research scientist on marriage and family, is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Washington; executive director of his laboratory, the Relationship Research Institute; and cofounder of the Gottman Institute. He held an NIMH research scientist career award for twenty years. Dr. Gottman is the author of more than two hundred professional journal articles and forty-two books, as well as the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his extensive contributions to marriage and family research.

NAN SILVER is a former editor in chief of Health magazine and coauthor, with Dr. Gottman, of What Makes Love Last: and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.

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Table of Contents

1.Inside the Seattle Love Lab: The Truth about Happy Marriages1
2.How I Predict Divorce25
3.Principle 1: Enhance Your Love Maps47
4.Principle 2: Nurture Your Fondness and Admiration61
5.Principle 3: Turn toward Each Other Instead of Away79
6.Principle 4: Let Your Partner Influence You99
7.The Two Kinds of Marital Conflict129
8.Principle 5: Solve Your Solvable Problems157
9.Coping with Typical Solvable Problems187
10.Principle 6: Overcome Gridlock217
11.Principle 7: Create Shared Meaning243
Afterword: What Now?259

What People are Saying About This

Neil Jacobson

What a breath of fresh air! This is one of a unique breed: where the scientist is also the wise clinician—an irresistible combination that not only reads well but contains profound wisdom that will solve the deep, dark mysteries of marriage.

Pepper Schwartz

An excellent and practical book... If you are contemplating marriage: read this book—it will save you a lot of mistakes and heartache. If your marriage feels stale: read this book—it will create new emotional depth and pleasure in your daily life together. And if your marriage is in trouble: read this book and gain new hope in the resilience of your relationship and the possibilities for not just saving your marriage but turning it into something wonderful.

Gary T. Smalley

I guarantee this book is ground-breaking, and it will produce a huge harvest of satisfied couples who not only stay together but enjoy a truly satisfying marriage.

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