Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Travis Dixon Human Relationships, Love and Marriage, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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

Travis Dixon Human Relationships, Love and Marriage 1 Comment

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 …

Correlational studies on culture and behaviour

admin Human Relationships, Love and Marriage, Research Methodology Leave a Comment

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)

Travis Dixon Biological Psychology, Human Relationships, Love and Marriage Leave a Comment

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

Travis Dixon Cognitive Psychology, Human Relationships, Love and Marriage Leave a Comment

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 …

FREE TRIAL: Try the themantic approach with these free resources…

Travis Dixon Love and Marriage, Themantics Leave a Comment

Do you want to try the themantic approach but you’ve already started linear? No worries. These resources can help you trial teaching IB Psych’ by combining core and options topics, and it won’t cost you any time, effort or money. In fact, it could save you all three! As teachers get deeper into this new syllabus, many are realizing the …

Love and Marriage Support Pack is Now Available

Travis Dixon Human Relationships, Love and Marriage, Teaching Ideas, Themantics Leave a Comment

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 …

Quizlet: Love and Marriage Review (Chapter 5)

Travis Dixon Love and Marriage, Revision and Exam Preparation Leave a Comment

Along with other fun review activities like Jeopardies and Kahoots, making Quizlet class sets is a quick and easy way to build a resource that students can use to study with, either in class or in their own time. Love and Marriage Quizlet: Chapter Five Review – Available HERE! If your students enjoy Kahoots, they might also like quizlet-live, which …

Quizlet: Intro to Psych’ Review (Chapter One)

Travis Dixon Love and Marriage, Revision and Exam Preparation 2 Comments

I could have sworn I posted this already, but I can’t find it so here it is again. If I did, please let me know! Along with other fun review activities like Jeopardies and Kahoots, making Quizlet class sets is a quick and easy way to build a resource that students can use to study with, either in class or …