The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Summary

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021


The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert


John M. Gottman, PhD, and Nan Silver


1. Inside the Seattle Love Lab: The Truth about Happy Marriages

2. How I predict Divorce

3. Principle 1: Enhance your Love Maps

4. Principle 2: Nurture your fondness and admiration

5. Principle 3: Turn toward each other instead of away

6. Principle 4: Let your partner influence you

7. The two kinds of marital conflict

8. Principle 5: Solve your solvable problems

9. Coping with typical solvable problems

10. Principle 6: overcome gridlock

11. Principle 7: create shared meaning

Afterword: What now?

Synopsis: The author has studied married couples in his lab, and he has found that marriages that last all display effective use of these 7 principles. Marriages that don't last are deficient in them. Several examples are given. Quizzes and activities are found in the book as well to do a self-diagnosis.

Categories: Self Help