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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

A book about marriage by Dr. John Gottman.

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6 Reasons Why Single People Need to Read Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

  • Jan 27, 2010
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1)   So I am single, why should I read Seven Principles for Making Marriage work?

It gives you the tools with data based statistical facts to improve your next relationship. The principles will also work with teenagers, grown children and other family members.  According to the research cited in the book, people in long-term healthy relationships live longer and healthier than single people or people in bad relationships.

2)   Are you ever planning to be in a relationship?

Why not try to look at facts and quirks of your personality going in? There are a lot of myths out there about what makes a good marriage. This gives concrete scientific fact about what works and what doesn’t. It explodes several myths about how to have a good relationship.

3)   Do you ask yourself how do I know if my partner is Mr. or Mrs. Right?

How do they treat you and vice versa? How do you deal with each other’s personality styles? Are you headed down the road to the four horsemen of breakup or divorce? This book goes a long way into providing exercises and guidance on those issues. It ups the emotional IQ of the relationship.

4)   Are you scared of making the same relationship mistakes again?

The best way I have found to not make the same mistakes twice is to analyze how the mistake happened. This book gives you insight into the relationship you share not just yourself.

5)   Do you wonder what really makes marriage or long term partnerships work?

Well, guess what, every relationship is just as different as the people in them. The book explores why some of the popular relationship communication techniques don’t work and then gives fact based ways for things that do.

6)   What would you do to avoid the pain of a bad relationship and have a long lasting happy one?

I like being happy, content, and having someone to share my life with. What is it worth to have that history of years and that warm feeling of appreciation and caring on a daily basis for the rest of your life?  It’s proven fact that unhealthy, stressful relationships are bad for your health and your children if you have any. What is a few hours of your time compared to a lifetime?


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January 28, 2010
As a person that got taken sadvantage of by their ex, I agree with you. Harold
January 28, 2010
Great review for what sounds like a really great book, Mary!  I love the format -- an interview with... yourself! :)  This book is particularly interesting to me because I'm fascinated with the inner workings of human relationships, especially romantic ones.  Will have to check this out.  By the way, I think you'll enjoy @Sharrie's list of relationship books!
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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.


JOHN M. GOTTMAN, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and cofounder and codirector of the Seattle Marital and Family Institute.

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