"The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work"
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This paper discusses Gottman's years of research into marriage and divorce that culminated in his seven principles for making marriage work. The paper explores these principles as expressed in his book "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" and explains how Gottman could categorize his accurate divorce rate using six signs based on the way couples argue with one another. The paper recommends Gottman's questionnaires and exercises for couples but notes that both spouses have to be open-minded and ready to participate in the exercises and follow through with Gottman's suggestions.
From the Paper:"The main source of Gottman's information comes from sixteen years of "extensive and innovative" (1) research into marriage and divorce. One study consisted of observing fifty couples in a "Love Lab," (1) disguised to look and feel like a studio apartment, but with three video cameras tracking and recording the couples' conversations and actions over a weekend. Gottman also has his participants strap sensors to their bodies to track "bodily signs of stress or relaxation" (2) during the hours between 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. Furthermore, Gottman "[interviews] couples about the history of their marriage, their philosophy about marriage, how they viewed their parents' marriages...and videotaped [the couples] talking to each other about how their day went, while discussing areas of continuing disagreement in their marriage and joyful topics" (7). At the same time Gottman measured "their heart rate, blood flow, sweat output, blood pressure, and immune function" (7) to check for stress levels. Basically, his recommendations for making marriage work are based on the results from his studies on the couples forming the basis of his Seven Principles (8)."
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