When we get married, we believe that life will be good from now on.
And then we find ourselves disagreeing, having passionate arguments, and spending less pleasant time together.
When things go wrong, couples need to have a strategy in place to repair their relationship. Strengthening a marriage requires respect and honor and a willingness to create a sense of purpose together.
Today on my blog and podcast, we’ll examine six warning signs that often predict potential divorce, from Dr. John Gottman’s book, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.”
Every day I observe the difficulties people have in communicating with one another.
We struggle to listen with the purpose of understanding.
We jump to conclusions instead of getting the whole picture.
We often don’t consider what may be happening in the other person’s life that might make it difficult for them to ask for what they want or need or share what they are experiencing.
We all struggle to understand where the other person is coming from and to share our own needs and wants.
Good relationships require honest listening. Today on my podcast and blog, I’ll show you 5 ways to improve your listening skills.
Everything was going so nicely, and then life stepped in. There’s not enough money to pay the bills, the credit card debts are piling up, in-laws intrude with too many visits or too much advice, to keep my job I have to work longer hours and accomplish more.
Suddenly we find ourselves arguing more – tempers flare, anger rises beyond the norm, and the blame game begins. We go outside our marriage to talk about our spouses and get consolation, validation, sympathy, and support.
And the scene is set for more serious troubles.
In his book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, Dr. John Gottman lays out in a practical format the seven principles for making marriage work, based on years of research and study in his Seattle based clinic, The Gottman Institute.