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With more than a million copies sold worldwide, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work has revolutionized the way we understand, repair, and strengthen marriages. John Gottman's unprecedented study of couples over a period of years has allowed him to observe the habits that can make—and break—a marriage. Here is the culmination of that work: the seven principles that guide couples on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward yet profound, these principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground, and achieving greater levels of intimacy. Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else.
Packed with new exercises and the latest research out of the esteemed Gottman Institute, this revised edition of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Revised ed. edition (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553447718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553447712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Powerful, Practical, and Personal

 on July 24, 2015
By Dr Conrade Yap
When it was first published back in 1999, this book made a huge impact that shot authors and marriage counselors, John Gottmann and Nan Silver to fame, becoming their most popular book. Using interviews, research, and scienfic data analysis, the authors begin with a startling claim: They can predict an impending divorce with a 91% accuracy just by looking at various signs. Moreover, they criticize most marital therapies as ineffective. They can recognize the four horsemen of the relationship apocalypse. They can also tell the health of a marriage by asking a few questions and observing the responses. Fortunately, they are able to come up with seven principles not just to make marriage work, but to sustain it over the long haul. In brief, the principles are:

Just In Time

 on July 7, 2015
By Rita
Read this book just when I was about to give up on my marriage. It turns out that there have been so many things I took for granted and this book helped me realize exactly what my husband and I have been doing right, what we’ve been doing wrong and what else we can do to strengthen the bond. This saved me from so much marital grief and frustration.

Interim Review: 7/2/2017:

 on July 2, 2017
By Jane in Milwaukee
Seeing a marriage counselor and he said he uses this book and its tenets all the time because it’s so effective, based on scientific research. I got one each for my husband and myself. We enjoyed doing the exercises at the end of Chapter 4. I read the hopeful parts of the book, the truly practical things couples do to improve and enrich their marriages and, thus, their lives.

Fantastic book with real practical tips

 on January 22, 2017
By Megan
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Real PRACTICAL advice about making marriage work. Not just “Marriage should be…this and that” but not giving you any tips on how to get there (Other than “love your spouse”. Yes, got that but I want to be nicer!) Love this book so much. The way the concepts are explained are understandable and applicable. Absolutely recommend this!

Better Marriage Overnight

 on May 30, 2017
By M
I’ve only read about half of it, and we’ve only done the first exercise, but I’ve already seen a huge difference in the way my husband and I relate to each other. We both feel lighter & happier & way more positive about our marriage and the future. The author’s approach is different from everything I thought I knew about marriage counseling, but makes so much more sense. Just reading the ‘myths about marriage’ in the first chapter was eye-opening and worth the cost of the whole book (luckily for me there is much more equally valuable info in every chapter). Frankly, I think it’s also making me a better friend: instead of reiterating the doctor’s positive attitude for my friend going through a difficult pregnancy, last time we talked I just listened and validated her feelings. To my surprise she seemed happier just to have me say “I’m sorry you’re going through that, it IS scary.” I’m so relieved to have found this book and would make it required reading for every couple if I could. I’m grateful to the authors for writing it and the couples who spent time in the labs that helped bring these insights into consciousness.

I have bought and recommended this book to just about everyone I know

 on July 24, 2017
By Justin
I have bought and recommended this book to just about everyone I know. Love this book. wife and I read it while I was deployed as well as other couples in the unit, it is not a counseling type book, its more in line with common sense things and it really changed how I communicated with everyone around me not just my wife.

Very helpful and easy to understand

 on December 20, 2017
By D. Parker
As a marriage therapist, I use this book often with my couples. The interventions/activities inside the book are very similar to what I use while doing Gottman therapy with clients. This book is easy to understand, written directly to couples not to therapists. It’s great! Skip the first chapter if you want to get past some of Gottman’s self aggrandizement… he’s kind of full of himself, granted for good reasons but it’s a bit heavy handed in this book.

Really enjoyed it – I’m actually planning on buying a few …

 on June 13, 2017
By Carolyn
I bough this book because it was required for my Clinical Social Work II class. Really enjoyed it – I’m actually planning on buying a few copies for some friends. My professor chose this book because the information is grounded on research, not speculations. Based on certain factors, Dr. Gottman was able to make certain predictions. Highly recommend for couples in any stage of their relationship.

Good discussion guide

 on October 5, 2017
By Gabe
Good discussion guidelines, I reccommend reading “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail” prior to reading this. Great for annual follow ups to keep your communication on track.

Great book for egalitarian couples

 on July 18, 2016
By Amazon Customer
My fiancé and I are loving this book! If you’re looking in particular for a book that doesn’t succumb to societal gender roles, like we were, this one is for you!