John Gottman, Ph.D., is the nation’s foremost researcher of marriages and families. World renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman’s 35 years of breakthrough research have earned him numerous major awards, and he was voted as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by Psychotherapy Networker.
He is the co-founder of the Gottman Relationship Institute™ with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, and is the executive director of the affiliated Relationship Research Institute. He is also a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington, where he founded “The Love Lab,” at which much of his research on couples’ interactions was conducted.
Stories by John Gottman
Articles: John Gottman on Trust and BetrayalBy John Gottman | October 29, 2011
The nation's top marriage expert explains why trust is essential to couples and communities--and how we can build it.
Videos and Podcasts: The Importance of TrustBy John Gottman | October 28, 2011
John Gottman explains how trust may be the most vital ingredient to a successful relationship.
Videos and Podcasts: How to Build TrustBy John Gottman | October 23, 2011
John Gottman explains that couples build trust the small moments of a relationship, when we’re emotionally attuned to our partner.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
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The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
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The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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