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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Review: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had a family studies minor in undergrad and we studied some of Gottman's work on marriage in one of my classes. As I'm now getting ready to get married, I thought it would be fun to go back and take a look now that a few years have gone by and the topic is more personally applicable.
While the information in this book is invaluable and based on years of work, I wanted more of the acutal research, statistics, and facts. The pyschologist in me was disappointed that there weren't summaries of studies and actual data. It read like any other marriage book I've read for an interpersonal relationships course: a little dumbed down with a lot of examples about generic couples and newly branded catch phrases. That said, I'm glad I read it and my partner and I are excited to go through some of the exercises together. I think this book will be a valuable resource later on in our relationship when we experience more conflict. While the nerd in me was a little let down, I would still highly recommend this book to couples who have committed to each other for life.
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