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.
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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