Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

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This is a summary of Gottman’s 7 principles from his book (Available here).    Enhance Your Love Maps Basically, the more you know about each other the stronger your relationship will be. So a “love map” is basically your schema for the knowledge that you possess of your partner, include a range of details involving their hopes, dreams, fears, beliefs, …

Studying Marriage: Gottman’s Love Lab and the Four Horsemen of Divorce

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John Gottman’s decades of research has uncovered four “poisonous” factors in a marriage: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, Stonewalling. Based on this same research, Gottman has devised 7 principles that can help maintain or restore a healthy marriage.  Background  Why do so many marriages end in divorce? In the United States, the % of marriages that end is around 50%, and the rate …

Exam Question Bank: Paper 2 Human Relationships

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Disclaimer: These questions are not IB “official” questions and are written with our best guess as to what the probable exam questions may look like. Not every possible question is covered but rather a wide sample of questions has been asked so you can get an idea of the types of questions that may appear. Read More Abnormal Psychology exam bank …

Correlational studies on culture and behaviour

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One common method used to study the effects of culture on behaviour is the correlational study. This method involves measuring the strength of a relationship between two or more co-variables. In correlational studies on the effects of culture on behaviour, one variable is related to culture (e.g. cultural dimensions) and the other is related to behaviour (e.g. conformity, mate preference …

Key Study: Buss’ cross-cultural study on mate preference (1989)

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Background Information There are numerous factors that influence our mate selection. You may already be familiar with some of these factors from previous studies, such as MHC genes, facial characteristics, proximity and familiarity, among others. Some of these factors operate on an unconscious level, that is to say, we are not aware that they are influencing our decisions. For instance, …

Why do marriages end in divorce? A cognitive explanation

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The material in this post will help students who are studying for the Human Relationships option and want to make sure they can answer any possible question about the topic: “Personal relationships.” Understanding why marriages may deteriorate and end in divorce is key in preparing to answer questions relating to the topic “why relationships may change or end.” Perhaps the …

Lesson Idea: Origins of Conflict

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Your Task There are five resources below that you will need to complete this task. Working with your group, it’s a race to see who can answer this question first: All of these conflicts started for the same reason. What is that reason? Source 1: The “Beaver Wars” (Warpaths2peacepipes) This article summarizes a conflict in North America in the late …

Love and Marriage Support Pack is Now Available

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added another support pack to the store. Chapter 5 – Love and Marriage is now ready to roll. Go to our store (link) and you’ll find our support packs We’ve tried to make the resource better by implementing some feedback: We’ve made them easier to edit so teachers can adapt them more easily We’ve …

Key Studies: Dopamine and Love (Fisher, 2005)

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The human brain has been evolving over millions of years. Throughout that evolutionary process, the brain has adapted to act and react in a way that will improve the chances of its owner’s survival, as well as its owner’s ability to procreate. One important neurotransmitter involved in both of these pastimes (i.e. survival and procreation) is dopamine. Dopamine is a …