What Caused The Divorce? Essay

1099 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 null Page
After a divorce, men report that they unaware of what caused the divorce, whereas women report the husband’s problematic behavior caused the divorce (Crooks & Baur, 2008). There are a plethora of factors that lead to a lasting love relationship: “self-acceptance, acceptance by one’s partner, appreciation of one another, commitment, good communication, realistic expectations, shared interests, equality in decision making, and the ability to face conflict effectively” (Crooks & Baur, 2008). In a study of 560 women and men, three factors that lead to a successful marriage were identified: supportive communication, companionship, and sexual expression (Sprecher, Metts, Burleson, Hatfield, & Thompson, 1995). The Love Lab video was extremely beneficial on describing Dr. Gottman’s study and theories on making relationships work in order to compare them to Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love and in contrast to causes of divorce.
The Love Lab Dr. John Gottman used reality based advice for couples after 30 years and thousands of couples at the University of Washington by putting marriages under the microscope so to speak. Gottman identified behaviors between husbands and wives that has the potential to drive them apart. The process takes several hours and is done in stages. First, the couples are divided to complete questionnaires concerning their relationship to each other. This questionnaire probes the individuals concerning current problems in their marriage. Thereafter, the…

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