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Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. He uses rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in detail over many years for unprecedented insight into the inner workings of successful relationships. Here is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. In this live presentation, learn how to build a positive dynamic with your spouse, hear tips for getting closer through everyday interactions, and gain insight into the ways lasting marriages operate.

John Gottman is a leading research scientist on marriage and family. He has written 37 books and is the co-founder of the Gottman Institute with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman. He is greatly sought after as an authority on marriage, couples, and parenting, and is known for his humor and clarity. John has appeared on Good Morning America and Oprah, and is renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, involving the study of emotions, physiology, and communication.

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Liberating, and extremely helpful

I bought this book after a huge row with my wife. I wish I'd bought it earlier. It would have saved me a lot of trouble. This book is practical, challenging, and extremely helpful. It may be short, but it contains essential nuggets of truth that will turn your life the right way up.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Friendship

I have listened to "Making Marriage Work" several times during my drives to and from work. It's short and relatable. It has helped me to feel hopeful about my relationship when I had been letting myself get bogged down with disappointment and dispair. Working on positive sentiment overload and avoiding the "Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse" have been invaluable tools for me.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • kimberly
  • claremont, CA, United States
  • 06-13-10

For every married couple

This is a short talk filled with information critical to married people, (actually all relationships). If you care about a relationship, avoid the 4 Horsemen Gottman speaks about. Listen to this talk, it's short, informative and critical.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Clear and to the point!

Great presenter! His ideas and research were easy to understand and actionable. Would highly recommend!

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  • Charles
  • Brooklyn Park, MD, USA
  • 05-04-10

Jam-packed with a lifetime of gems

I'll keep it short. This guy is the real deal. You can tell he has worked in this industry for decades. The whole thing is packed full of little pearls of wisdom... all based off of REAL research on REAL people. I felt like I was listening to a "cheat sheet" of answers to marriage's major issues. It's short and that's good because he moves quickly and it never drags. It's one powerful point after another. Each point he makes is dead-on correct too!

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Should be required listening!

Brief, well researched, to the point practical advice. Well worth your time to build or preserve a great relationship.

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Nice overview

This short overview was a nice way to first hear John Gottman and his philosophies. It made me want to read/listen to one of his other, more complete, books.

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Recenters focus on basics in accessible way

Reminds listener of fundamentals in helpful, encouraging way vs a sterile, academic approach of merely transferring information about research.
Allows one to see their self performing well in future situations described.



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Introduction put the fear of new age paradigm into me...

However, after the introduction the good Dr. speaks entirely uninterrupted. He is dynamic, interesting, funny, and most importantly the information is incredible science based fact. His delivery is also easily digestible, though scientifically based, and entirely helpful. It is also nice to find relationship related guidance that doesn't involve colors, numbers, animals, crystals or any other sewage many "self help" charlatans pass as enlightened living.

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practical steps to improve your marriage

It is a good quick review on some principles that can make a big difference in your relationships. Some of it seems like common sense but it really breaks it down to something that is workable because when you are struggling in your marriage, sometimes common sense is not that easily seen.

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  • Pepe
  • 10-09-14

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Would you listen to Making Marriage Work again? Why?

Yes, I think I am going to listen to it a few more times because it has advice obtained scientifically through a lengthy and thorough study. It doesn't give a lot of complicated tips and hints you have to have faith in. It rather tells you what it has been observed to work empirically and you can trust without faith.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is quite short, so you definitely want to listen in one sitting. Then, listen to it again on a different day.

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  • Marie
  • 01-25-13

Best 46 minutes you will ever spend

Highly recommended. Clear, concise and a perfect summary of his longer works. It covers what makes relationships work and what ensures they do not succeed. Good introduction to the rest of Gottman's work. Packed with his key ideas in a nutshell. It helps to hear the author himself give this talk. Seems like a nice bloke. I have all his works and have studied his research.