The Right Coast

January 17, 2004
By Michael Rappaport

Interesting post on Marginal Revolution about marriage and political change. It references the work of John Gottman, who “has spent decades studying how married couples interact.” The “highlight of the research is that couples where the dominant mode of interaction includes criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling are very, very likely to divorce. Successful marriages involve a great deal of mending and reworking of the relationship.” Also, according to “Gottman's [mathematical] analysis of marriage . . . the math predicts stability or decline, and not much in between - a non-trivial prediction.”