Was Your Marriage Over Before It Began?

Wouldn’t it save everyone a lot of trouble and heartbreak, if we could tell whether our marriage would be successful before being wed? Maybe we can. Research by Dr. Gottman shows that the way you interact with your significant other, before marriage, is a very strong predictor of how your relationship will turn out. He has identified four patterns of interaction that can predict with nearly 94 percent accuracy: 1) Negative criticism 2) Being defensive during arguments 3) Looking down on one another 4) Using the silent treatment to escape from conflict. If you struggle with these patterns of interaction now, be sure to address them sooner, rather than end up doing so later!

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