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Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

By John Gottman

Principle 1: Enhance your Love Map

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Emotionally intelligent couples are intimately familiar with each other’s world

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pay attention to what is going on with partner and what is important to him or her

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Share your inner world and stories with each other

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Who is important in partner’s life, Recent important events, Upcoming events, current stressors, hopes and aspirations

 

Principle 2: Nurture your Fondness and Admiration

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Remember why you got together and why you love each other

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Put a positive spin on your history together

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Maintain respect and focus on positive qualities of spouse. This provide an antidote to contempt

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Tell one another what you appreciate about each other

 

Principle 3: Turn Toward Each Other Instead of Away

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Be intentional about connection with each other in the small moments of life

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make deposits in the love bank

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Romance is kept alive by keeping the flame lit through small daily acts of kindness

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Reunite at the end of the day and talk about how the day went. Listen and be supportive. Take your spouse’s side.

 

Principle 4: Let your Partner Influence you

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Happiest marriages are those who treat each other with respect and do not resist sharing power and decision making

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Avoid criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is especially important for men to allow their wives to influence them – emotionally intelligent husbands – Chapter 6

 

Principle 5: Solve your Solvable Problems

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make the startup of conflict soft rather than harsh

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use repair attempts

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Monitor your physiology for signs of distress

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Tolerate each other’s imperfections

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep focused on the particular issue or situation

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Comes down to having good manners

 

 

 

 

 

Principle 6: Overcome gridlock

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The goal of ending gridlock is not to solve the problem, but to move from gridlock to dialogue

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Gridlock is a sign on an unmet dream that isn’t being addressed or respected

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Understand the historical roots – key decisions

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Try to support each other’s dream and goals

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Listen carefully to the meaning attached to the issue for both parties

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Define core areas you cannot agree on

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Define areas of flexibility

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Devise a compromise that honors both dreams, even if temporary

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Acknowledge what you appreciate about each other

 

 

Principle 7: Create Shared Meaning

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Create an atmosphere that encourages each person to talk honestly with his or her convictions

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Speak candidly and respectfully with each other

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Share your family stories that shaped your values

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Look for ways to honor both person’s values, philosophies, and dreams. Honor your differences.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Create family rituals that are meaningful to both of you

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make time for just the two of you on a regular basis, such as date nights.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Talk about your various roles and how you feel about them

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Talk about your deepest goals, individual and collective

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Consider writing a mission statement

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. What are your shared symbols?

 

The Magic five hours – The time spent on your marriage that makes all the difference

 

1. Partings – Learn one thing about what is happening in spouses life that day

 

2. Reunions – Have a stress reducing conversation at the end of each workday

 

3. Admiration and appreciation – Find some way every day to communicate genuine affection and appreciation toward your spouse

 

4. Affection – Kiss, hold, grab, and touch each other when you are together.

 

5. Weekly date – Relax, have fun, ask about each other’s thoughts and feelings, discuss concerns of life and of marriage. Read Date Night Conversations

Grow it Forward Bringing Positive Psychology to Life

Thomas King Gifcounseling.com


Seven-Principles-for-Making-Marriage-Work-Gottman

Principle 1: Enhance your Love Map  Emotionally intelligent couples are intimately familiar with each other’s world  Pay attention to what is going on with partner and what is important to him or her  Share your inner world and stories with each other  Who is important in partner’s life, Recent important events, Upcoming events, current stressors, hopes and aspirations

  • Author: Tom King
  • Published: 2016-12-26 10:35:08
  • Words: 586
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