- Series: Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 17, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393702820
- ISBN-13: 978-0393702828
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy (Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)) 1st Edition
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[R]efreshing, invigorating, and renewing. -- Jay Memmott, Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
There is an astonishing wealth of assessment tools [T]horough and insightful. -- Deborah Beckman, MS, Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
[A]n important addition to the field of couple therapy...the first time that a couple therapy is developed from marital research -- International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review, Alfons Vansteenwegen
About the Author
John M. Gottman, PhD, is William Mifflin Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. He is the author of over two dozen books, including Seven Principles to Making Marriage Work, The Heart of Parenting (with J. DeClaire), When Men Batter Women (with Neil Jacobson), Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, The Marriage Clinic, and The Science of Trust.
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Our current state of the art in marital and family therapy tends include unsatisfying, unnatural, and even ridiculous, techniques for clinicians to use with people facing the problem of how to improve their marriage. Thank goodness for people like Gottman, who actually collect data to inform decisions, and use common sense and humanity to understand and apply those findings. I see Gottman as our field's greatest living visionary, whose research and relationship building techniques will hopefully spread to parent-child relationships and IO psychology as well.
As to this book specifically, don't get it unless you are a clinician. If you are looking to help your own marriage, I suggest The Seven Principals of Making Marriage Work, which is very user friendly. The Marriage Clinic is quite technical in parts, and can be dense, however it is a very fun read. Gottman's personality and humor come through loud and clear. I found myself laughing out loud at times. I confess I enjoy how he exposes the senselessness of so much of the techniques we currently utilize, and backs it up with meticulous research. This book begins with a solid lit review, a discussion of Gottman's basic ideology and rationale, and then goes into the nuts and bolts of how to apply his ideas.
Even if you are not a marital therapist, it will change the way you look at relationships. He teaches a new vocabulary for describing what you are observing in relationships that I find exceptionally helpful. I would recommend this to anyone conducting psychotherapy, as it will improve your ability to make inferences about your patient's relationships. I also enjoyed the case vignettes very much. If you like Gottman, I highly recommend his books on parenting as well.