9780393702828

MARRIAGE CLINIC CL

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393702828

  • ISBN10:

    0393702820

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/17/1999
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

The Marriage Clinic presents a complete marital therapy program based on John Gottman's much heralded research on marital success and failure. Here one will find not only a wide range of succinct and useful assessment procedures, but also a highly specific, research-based, and modularized treatment program. In addition, there are dozens of questionnaires and interview protocols to be used in both assessment and intervention.In prospective, long-term research with over 700 couples, Gottman has discovered certain factors that distinguish happy, stable couples from both unstable, ultimately divorcing couples and stable but unhappy couples. These findings, which are explained here in understandable, nontechnical language, form the basis of his Sound Marital House theory of marriage, which guides the new therapy. This therapy has two goals: changing the marital friendship and teaching couples to regulate conflict.Despite the high aims of much marital therapy, Gottman found that most marital conflicts involve fundamentally unresolvable relationship issues called "perpetual problems." He shows how therapists can help spouses move from gridlock to dialogue on these issues. Solvable problems can be resolved more easily when the couple has a strong marital friendship. He gives therapists the tools to teach spouses five fundamental skills to develop and strengthen their friendship: softened start-up, accepting influence, repair and de-escalation, compromise, and physiological soothing.Gottman compares his clinic to a restaurant, where clients are offered a menu of treatment formats, from psychoeducation for specific issues to extended therapy to repair a badly damaged marital friendship. Therapists, too, can choose among the questionnaires and strategies for those that fit the needs of particular couples. Whatever their choice, they will find that their practice is greatly enriched by the scientifically-based offerings of The Marriage Clinic.

Table of Contents

Part I RESEARCH AND THEORY 1(110)
Myths and Mistakes of Marital Therapy
3(28)
Marital Therapy Effects: Little or Nothing with High Relapse
4(2)
Giving Science a Chance
6(2)
Dispelling Myths and Mistakes in Marital Therapy
8(15)
Dispelling Myths About What Predicts Divorce
23(3)
``Home Away From Home'': Creating a Marital Laboratory
26(5)
Repair and the Core Triad of Balance
31(56)
Balance in Marriage
31(6)
The Core Triad of Balance: Interactive Behavior
37(31)
The Core Triad of Balance: Perception
68(6)
The Core Triad of Balance: Physiology
74(11)
Summary
85(2)
The Sound Marital House: A Theory of Marriage
87(24)
Three Types of Stable, Happy Couples
88(8)
Perpetual Problems in Stable Marriages
96(9)
The Sound Marital House
105(6)
Part II ASSESSMENT 111(66)
The Assessment of Marriage
113(48)
What I Want to Know When a Couple Comes in for Treatment
114(5)
Addressing the Seven Questions
119(9)
The Assessment of Physical Health
128(1)
When Is Marital Therapy Contraindicated?
128(1)
Case Example of Assessment Concepts: Murphy and Rose
129(4)
The Case of George and Emma
133(28)
The Disasters and Masters of Marriage
161(16)
Love Maps
161(1)
Fondness and Admiration System
162(1)
Turning Toward Versus Turning Away
163(1)
Sentiment Override
164(1)
The Regulation of Conflict: Perpetual Problems
165(3)
The Regulation of Conflict: Solvable Problems
168(2)
Honoring Dreams
170(3)
Creating Shared Meaning
173(4)
Part III INTERVENTION 177(155)
Assumptions and Intervention Overview
179(22)
My Assumptions
179(6)
The Modular Approach to Intervention
185(9)
Intervention Overview
194(1)
Menu Model of the Gottman Marriage Clinic
195(4)
Specific Interventions, Therapeutic Moments, and Marital Walnuts
199(2)
Enhancing the Marital Friendship
201(17)
The Failed Bid
201(1)
Goal: Couple Will Be Able to Process Their Own Interaction and Make It Better
202(1)
The Interventions and Their Design
202(16)
Solving What Is Solvable
218(16)
Setting Up the Conflict Discussions
218(2)
Resolving Problems That Can Be Resolved: The Five Skills
220(14)
Living with the Inevitable
234(26)
Establishing a Dialogue with Perpetual Problems
234(18)
Dreams Within Conflict Case
252(8)
Life Dreams and Shared Meanings
260(6)
Case Example
263(3)
Resistance to Change
266(15)
Internal Working Models and the Sound Marital House
266(13)
Other Sources of Resistance
279(2)
Avoiding Relapse
281(11)
The Failed Marital Argument
281(7)
Build in Rituals of Emotional Connection
288(4)
Pulling It All Together: Working as a Team and Terminating Therapy
292(15)
Pulling It All Together
293(2)
The Marital Poop Detector: Resetting the Negativity Threshold
295(5)
More Intense and Rapid Early Treatment Combined with Fading
300(4)
The Magic Five Hours a Week
304(1)
When to Terminate Therapy: Unsuccessful Cases
304(2)
In All Cases Expect Relapse: Follow-up Sessions
306(1)
Emotion and Meta-emotion
307(15)
A Case of Meta-emotion Mismatch
309(6)
Other Sources of Mismatches: Emotion Metaphors
315(7)
Buffering Children from Marital Conflict
322(10)
Emotion-Dismissing vs. Emotion-Coaching Parents
322(3)
The Contribution of Haim Ginott
325(4)
Training Parents to Be Emotion-Coaching
329(3)
Afterword 332(3)
Appendices 335(88)
References 423(20)
Index 443

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