Read by John Gottman, Ph.D.
From the country’s foremost relationship expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work comes a groundbreaking, practical program for repairing troubled relationships (and enriching healthy ones) with all the important people in our lives.
In The Relationship Cure, Dr. John Gottman draws on substantial new research, as well as 20 years of experience studying relationships of many kinds to reveal the keys to what makes relationships work, why they break down, and how to fix them.
He introduces the powerful new concept of the “emotional bid,” which he calls the fundamental unit of emotional connection, and he shows that all good relationships are built up through a process or making and receiving successful bids. Bids range from little things like a tap on the arm to express affection all the way up to the most probing and intimate ways we communicate.
The Relationship Cure begins with revealing dialogues showing the bidding process in action. Dr. Gottman then instructs us how to analyze our own strengths and weaknesses in bidding interactions, as well as those of the important people in our lives, and presents the specific advice for using emotional bidding to build better relationships with spouses, lovers, children, siblings, friends, bosses, and colleagues.
The Relationship Cure offers a powerful and simple set of steps with which to repair and enrich all of the relationships in our lives.
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"John Gottman is our leading explorer of the inner world of relationships. In The Relationship Cure, he has found gold once again. This book shows how the simplest, nearly invisible gestures of care and attention hold the key to successful relationships with those we love and work with."
-- William J. Doherty, Ph.D., author of Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World That Pulls Us Apart
"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 in our moment-to-moment communications. By introducing the simple yet amazingly powerful concept of the "bid," he provides a remarkable set of tools for relationship repair. By the middle of the second chapter you're likely to say to yourself, "Oh, so that's what's happening in my relationship with my partner (or colleague, boss, or sister), and now I know what to do about it.
-- Daniel B. Wile, Ph.D.,author of After the Fight: Using Your Disagreements to Build a Stronger Relationship
"The Relationship Cure is another in John Gottman's superb series of books on improving intimate relationships. What distinguishes Gottman's writing from that of other self-help books is that it is based on research findings from his extensive studies. When he says his five steps will help you build better connections with the people you care about, you know that they have been demonstrated to work."
-- E. Mavis Hetherington, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Virginia
"The Relationship Cure is both profound and practical, based on decades of research and clinical experience. The rich array of self-exploration exercises and guidelines offers a life-changing program for creating more rewarding emotional connections with friends, colleagues, and life partners." -- Shirley P. Glass, ABPP, author of Treating the Trauma of Infidelity
"The Relationship Cure is engaging and imaginative. The deceptively simple but powerful concept of the 'emotional bid' reveals ways in which we can connect with significant others in our lives."
-- Andrew Christensen, Ph.D., coauthor of Reconcilable Differences
John Gottman, Ph.D. is a co-founder and director of the Gottman Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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