The Marriage Clinic
A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy
By (author) John M. Gottman
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Marriage Clinic by John M. Gottman
Book DescriptionHere one will find not only a wide range of succinct and useful assessment procedures, but also a highly specific, research-based, and modularized treatment program. In addition, there are dozens of questionnaires and interview protocols to be used in both assessment and intervention. In prospective, long-term research with over 700 couples, Gottman has discovered certain factors that distinguish happy, stable couples from both unstable, ultimately divorcing couples and stable but unhappy couples. These findings, which are explained here in understandable, nontechnical language, form the basis of his Sound Marital House theory of marriage, which guides the new therapy. This therapy has two goals: changing the marital friendship and teaching couples to regulate conflict. Despite the high aims of much marital therapy, Gottman found that most marital conflicts involve fundamentally unresolvable relationship issues called "perpetual problems." He shows how therapists can help spouses move from gridlock to dialogue on these issues. Solvable problems can be resolved more easily when the couple has a strong marital friendship. He gives therapists the tools to teach spouses five fundamental skills to develop and strengthen their friendship: softened start-up, accepting influence, repair and de-escalation, compromise, and physiological soothing. Gottman compares his clinic to a restaurant, where clients are offered a menu of treatment formats, from psychoeducation for specific issues to extended therapy to repair a badly damaged marital friendship. Therapists, too, can choose among the questionnaires and strategies for those that fit the needs of particular couples. Whatever their choice, they will find that their practice is greatly enriched by the scientifically-based offerings of The Marriage Clinic.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393702828
(244mm x 168mm x 45mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 23-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John M. Gottman
Man's Guide to Women, Hardback (February 2016)
A great "philosopher" once said "trying to understand women is like trying to smell the color 9." But the fact is, men can understand women to their great benefit. All they need is the right teacher. There is no better teacher than John Gottman, a world-renowned relationships researcher.
10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy, Hardback (December 2015)
From a leading couple therapist duo, a practical guide to what makes it all work.
Science of Trust, Hardback (May 2011)
An eminent therapist explains what makes couples compatible and how to sustain a happy marriage.
Time-series Analysis, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by John M. Gottman
This book is a comprehensive introduction to all the major time-series techniques, both time-domain and frequency-domain.
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Author Biography - John M. Gottman
John M. Gottman, PhD, is William Mifflin Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. He is the author of over two dozen books, including Seven Principles to Making Marriage Work, The Heart of Parenting (with J. DeClaire), When Men Batter Women (with Neil Jacobson), Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, The Marriage Clinic, and The Science of Trust.
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