The Relationship Cure: A Five-step Guide for Building Better Connections with Family, Friends, and Lovers

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Crown Publishers, 2001 - Psychology - 319 pages
This follow-up to the blockbuster Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work provides a powerful practical program for analyzing all of the important relationships in your life and making the repairs that will lead to stronger emotional bonds and a happier, healthier life. Gottman bases his program on his twenty years of groundbreaking research into the key elements that make relationships either satisfying and healthy or unfulfilling and negative. He emphasizes the importance of what he calls emotional connection and introduces the powerful new concept of the emotional "bid", which Gottman describes as the fundamental unit of emotional connection. The book describes how we can make or break relationships by the way we bid for emotional connection and respond to other people's bids for the same. Gottman's program provides empowering tools for evaluating how effectively or not you bid for emotional connection, and also for evaluating how the others in your life bid for connection. He lays out the simple, practical steps for mastering the bidding process and connecting much more effectively, with your spouse, children, siblings, friends,

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This is the best book on relationships I have ever read -- a truly impressive tour-de-force. John Gottman has discovered the Rosetta Stone of relationships. He has decoded the subtle secrets contained ... Read full review


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Sharpen Your Emotional Communication Skills
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About the author (2001)

John M. Gottman, Ph.D., is the cofounder and co-director of the Gottman Institute, along with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman. He is also the James W. Mifflin Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle and the recipient of numerous national and international awards for his groundbreaking relationship research. His work has been featured on many national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Dateline, and Good Morning America. His previous books include the national bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (2000) and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child (1997).

John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman founded the Gottman Institute to provide educational materials, therapist and couples workshops, and therapy to couples and

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