On the heels of launching Roadmap for the Journey: A Gottman Workshop for Couples in Recovery, I wanted to reblog this post to thank the Gottmans and the Gottman Institute and honor their work.
Okay, Let’s Start with the Research
John Gottman’s research on the longitudinal course of relationships began in 1972 when he and Bob Levenson asked the question: What predicts divorce? At the time there were only six studies on divorce and none were at all helpful. John and Bob did not exactly have a vote of confidence from the academic and research community. John, a professor at the University of Washington, and Bob a professor at UC Berkeley, received much skepticism with responses characterized by the question: “Social scientists can not predict individual behavior very well, how can you predict relationship behavior?” John and Bob’s research outcomes surprised even them; relationship behavior is predictable, they indeed found out what is associated with relationship breakdown and with relationship stability.
The three areas of John and Bob’s research involved: interactions, physiology, and perception. It turns out that each of these areas have significance…
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