The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work


Title: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert Author: John M. Gottman, PhD, and Nan Silver

Chapters: 1. Inside the Seattle Love Lab: The Truth about Happy Marriages 2. How I predict Divorce 3. Principle 1: Enhance your Love Maps 4. Principle 2: Nurture your fondness and admiration 5. Principle 3: Turn toward each other instead of away 6. Principle 4: Let your partner influence you 7. The two kinds of marital conflict 8. Principle 5: Solve your solvable problems 9. Coping with typical solvable problems 10. Principle 6: overcome gridlock 11. Principle 7: create shared meaning Afterword: What now?

Synopsis: The author has studied married couples in his lab, and he has found that marriages that last all display effective use of these 7 principles. Marriages that don't last are deficient in them. Several examples are given. Quizzes and activities are found in the book as well to do a self-diagnosis.