The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

The New York Times bestseller, over a million copies sold! Now completely revised and updated



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Just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. As a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the founder and director of the Seattle Marital and Family Institute, he studied the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over the course of nearly four decades. His findings, and his heavily attended workshops, have already turned around thousands of faltering marriages.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the culmination of Dr. Gottman’s lifelong work: an overview of the concepts, behaviors and skills that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.  Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making their marriage work. Dr. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples focus on each other, on paying attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship. Packed with questionnaires and exercises whose effectiveness has been proven in Dr. Gottman’s workshops, this is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.

“Gottman comes to this endeavor with the best of qualifications: he’s got the spirit of a scientist and the soul of a romantic.” — Newsweek  

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“An eminently practical guide to an emotionally intelligent – and long-lasting – marriage.” ~ Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

This new edition of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work may be available in the following languages. Please check with the international publishers listed:

Czech  – Jan Melvil Publishers
German – Ullstein Publishers
Hungarian – Kulcslyuk Kaido Publishers
Korean – Munhak Sasang Publishers
Lithuanian – Human Study Center Publishers
Polish – Jagiellonian University Press
Romanian – Editura ASCR Publishers


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