The Science of Couples and Family Therapy: Behind the Scenes at the "Love Lab"
|Author:||John M. Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman|
The Science of Couples and Family Therapy: Behind the Scenes at the 'Love Lab' by John and Julie Gottman brings an evidence base to classic writings that opened psychotherapy up to more than one person at a time — the couple.
A new general systems theory and therapy is presented here, one which will have profound implications for powerful clinical work with both couples and families. This new theory is based on 45 years of careful basic scientific research with thousands of couples and families, including synchronized observational, interview, physiological, and questionnaire data.
The Gottmans have studied some families for as long as 20 consecutive years. Their work has led to their highly replicated ability to precisely predict the future of relationships, relationship happiness, and whether couples will divorce or not with as much as 94% accuracy. Their empirical work has also led them to develop and test a theory of specifically what makes relationships work. Each construct in this theory is precise and measurable and it is all written about and described here.
John and Julie Gottman's book is an amazing intellectual and stylistic achievement. It integrates all their previous work, intriguingly, by endowing with new meaning the concept out of which family therapy originated: homeostasis. John has been able to transfer his charismatic speaking style--the wit and pizzaz--to the printed page as he and Julie recount the twists and turns of their discoveries.--Daniel Wile, author of After the Honeymoon
This book is a tour de force in our field, combining powerful theoretical and mathematical insights with eminently practical clinical strategies. All delivered in lively and often personal writing. Only John and Julie Gottman could have pulled this off.--William Doherty, PhD, author of Take Back Your Marriage
Couples therapists must read this fascinating book! A wealth of science linked to practice in a fun, readable way and the engrossing history of the Love Lab come together to make ANOTHER memorable contribution to the couples literature from the Gottman team.--Sue Johnson, PhD, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense
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.
Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and President of The Gottman Institute. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshop for couples and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.