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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John M. Gottman Narrator: Paul Costanzo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Psychologist John Gottman has spent twenty years studying what makes a marriage last. Now you can use his tested methods to evaluate, strengthen, and maintain your own long-term relationship. This breakthrough book guides you through a series of self-tests designed to help you determine what kind of marriage you have, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and what specific actions you can take to help your marriage. You'll also learn:

  • More sex doesn't necessarily improve a marriage
  • Frequent arguing will not lead to divorce
  • Financial problems do not always spell trouble in a relationship
  • Wives who make sour facial expressions when their husbands talk are likely to be separated within four years
  • There is a reason husbands withdraw from arguments- and there's a way around it

Dr. Gottman tells you how to recognize attitudes that doom a marriage - contempt, criticism, defensiveness, and stonewalling - and provides practical exercises, quizzes, tips, and techniques that will help you understand and make the most of your relationship. You can avoid patterns that lead to divorce, and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail will show you how.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 2/19/2014

    " A great book that makes a lot of sense. and Don't forget that he did research for 20 years with over 2,000 couples. buecause if you do you did not read the book because he talks about that on almost every page. Dispite that it is a great book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 2/16/2014

    " This guy is the guru of relationship psychology! He has performed breakthrough studies that have really tapped into the whys and hows of successful reltionships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/6/2014

    " Are you married? Read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/3/2014

    " I agree with Emily that the substance of most self help books can be divided into either bunk or common sense. However, this book breaks the mold. There's still a lot of common sense, but very little bunk, and a few very surprising results. Gottman has taken a very scientific approach and has based his book on studies he has conducted and followed for many years. I now have a much better understanding of the marriage dynamic. Some of my major assumptions were turned upside down. I would recommend this enlightening read to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/10/2014

    " I read this book as a freshman in college after learning about Gottman's work in a human development and family studies class and thought it was really insightful. I should probably read it again now that I am married! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Joy | 1/3/2014

    " You want to improve your marriage? Gain some insight into your marriage? Read this book--it's wonderful; recommended to us by a therapist before we got married. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa Stukenbroeker | 1/2/2014

    " John Gottman is brilliant and for an aspiring family therapist his books are inspirational and insightful. As a divorcee, the information is so deeply valuable. Truly helps you make decisions not simply based on emotional impulse and gets into the science of relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolly | 1/2/2014

    " This book has some interesting research and some good insights on what couples can do to communicate more effectively and maintaina a strong connection with one another. I like his concepts of turning toward one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/31/2013

    " Matt and I read this when we first got married and it has been so helpful through our whole married life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JJ | 12/29/2013

    " A bit of a slog but some helpful reminders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalleen | 12/27/2013

    " Awesome book!! Every married person should read this!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/15/2013

    " I expected more from this seminal book. The 5-to-1 ratio for a successful marriage is interesting, but the rest is subpar. Maybe if I weren't single it might seem more relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Nelson | 12/13/2013

    " This author is referred to frequently in the therapy world. I felt like this book had some wonderful ideas on how to implement self-directed change in improving yourself and your relationship with your spouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 10/23/2013

    " My good friend Jennifer Finlayson-Fife recommended this book. The core message here: I feel X when you do y because z. He sets up the model for difficult conversations. It works in all walks of life not just marriage. I've used some of these principles with my investment teams at work. Good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Lamoglia | 8/21/2013

    " I loved reading this book. It put my marriage into perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacey | 7/14/2013

    " Eye opening! Recommend it often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 7/3/2013

    " Good communication. Good sex. Hard work. Some fun. Similar goals. Not much in this book I hadn't heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/24/2013

    " Although the message is incomplete, coming from a non-Christ centered perspective, this book is an excellent read for learning about the mechanics of healthy communication and interaction in marriage. Great for premarital prep or a married couple looking to make positive strides. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mybluesunset | 4/15/2013

    " Main actionable points: 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction, volatile and avoidant relationships can work just as well as textbook validating ones, and I should hire a maid because arguing over household chores is a big strain on relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/2/2013

    " I HIGHLY recommend this...unless your marriage is absolutely perfect! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/9/2013

    " This book, as well as the other books by John Gottman, provide specific practical applications of principals learned from comprehensive longitudinal research. There is more here then just someone's ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronna | 12/22/2012

    " This is an incredible look into marriage and how to make it last. Gottman had a 90%+ prediction on who will get divorced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/21/2012

    " I really like John Gottman's research, but this book is too repetitive- goes over the same few points instead of all the other stuff he has discussed from his Love Lab research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/19/2012

    " Another book that we had to read for premarital counseling and that I thought was interesting. Gottman really looks into science and actual observations instead of just writing the same old "feel good" nonsense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Yelverton | 11/15/2012

    " An absolutely fascinating read that blew me away with some of the observations and results of the author's findings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 9/24/2012

    " Here another one of my "textbooks". I love this book though. I really helps identify the qualities in marriages that fail and marriages that thrive. It has self tests throughout the book for you and your spouse to take to see just how each other feels about different aspects of your relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/7/2012

    " Another great book by Gottman. A must read for anyone who is thinking of getting married, is married and wants to stay that way and enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 4/10/2012

    " This was a great book for those who are beginners at marriage and maybe even those who aren't. I know it really helped me through my first year. I learned tons about the things that make it hard for us to understand each other sometimes and how to effectively communicate through disagreements. "

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