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June 24, 2023
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John Gottman’s “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

Article by: Grace Mcdonald


After studying marriages for 16 years, relationship expert John Gottman identified four communication habits in a relationship that predict future divorce with amazing accuracy. If you are experiencing even one of these on a regular basis in your relationship, therapy would be beneficial to prevent the pain and stress that come with letting it go unchecked.

  • Criticism: negativity about your partner’s character.
  • Contempt: sarcasm, cynicism, name-calling, eye-rolling, and mockery.
  • Defensiveness: blaming and attacking your partner.
  • Stonewalling: tuning out, disengaging from, and avoiding your partner.