We often wonder what makes for great, healthy, and successful relationships. There are countless advice columns and articles dedicated to this subject alone, on a plethora of platforms from various experts in the field.
In this day and age, when it seems like every marriage is doomed for divorce, it’s no mystery why everyone wants the secrets to happy and long-lasting relationships. Psychologist John Gottman began to uncover those secrets in the 1970s through a social study and has continued to study couples for the last four decades.
According to Business Insider, Gottman and his colleague Robert Levenson gathered newlywed couples at their lab, called “The Love Lab,” and hooked them up to electrodes. The couples then answered questions about their relationship, how they met, any major conflicts, and positive memories.
“As they spoke, the electrodes measured the subjects’ blood flow, heart rates, and how much sweat they produced. Then the researchers sent the couples home and followed up with them six years later to see if they were still together,” explains the article.
Using the data, Gottman separated the couples into two categories: the masters and disasters. Read more