Title The Science of Couples and Family Therapy
Subtitle Behind the Scenes At The Love Lab
Author John M. Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman
ISBN 9780393712742
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 320
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Drawing on a wealth of research imbued with powerful theoretical insights, John and Julie Gottman’s book is an intellectual achievement sure to affect profound changes in many couples’ lives, and without fail, change the way we live, love, and create families.”
Psych Central


“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, Revised Edition


“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


“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



John and Julie Gottman, world-renowned for bringing an evidence base to couples therapy, report here the results of a second empirical revolution in understanding couples and families. This change is not based on their guesswork, but on state-of-the-art science. The book you hold in your hands finally completes the old general systems theory of the 1960s, which metaphorically described processes but did not actually research them.

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.

This book presents an original new way of understanding relationships and families. Both theoretical and highly practical, and it will help clinicians become more effective in their everyday work.


Preface: A Call For A New 4SD Systems Therapy

Chapter 1. The Old General Systems Theory and the Old Family Therapy

Chapter 2. What Might Be Regulated in Family Homeostasis?

Chapter 3. What Is Trust?

Chapter 4. What Is Commitment? What Is Betrayal?

Chapter 5. A Good Theory Needs Data

Chapter 6. So, What’s a Relationship?

Chapter 7. Flooding and Physiological Calm

Chapter 8. Change

Chapter 9. The Demand-Withdraw Pattern

Chapter 10. Our Mighty Theory: The Sound Relationship House

Chapter 11. What’s Behind Demand-Withdraw: Meta-emotion Mismatch

Chapter 12. The Power of Turning Toward

Chapter 13.Examining Relationship Stability

Chapter 14. Enter the Baby

Chapter 15. The Family as the Baby Develops

Chapter 16. Summary of Our Family Systems Therapy


Appendix 1. How Children Become Friends
Appendix 2. Six Math Sidebars
Appendix 3. Simulation Sidebar

About the Authors:

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.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Psychotherapy & Psychiatry.


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