Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Trust in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

  • Robert J. Navarra
  • John M. Gottman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_184

Name of Concept

Trust in Gottman Method Couples Therapy


While the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House (SRH) theory provide practical advice and guidelines for establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, it does not explain why some relationships seem to have passion and chemistry while other relationships do not. The mysterious wonder of love not only eludes some couples but often couples have a noticeable lack of motivation and interest, even resistance, in trying to make things better. Additional research has been needed to find out what might explain the presence or the absence of mature, happy love. The components of the SRH model, “Trust” and “Commitment,” were the missing elements and were added to the SRH model (Gottman and Silver 2011).

Theoretical Context for Concept

While initial attraction brings partners together, trust is the next phase of relationship development moving the relationship towards intimacy. Partner emotional attunement and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Navarra
    • 1
  • John M. Gottman
    • 1
  1. 1.The Gottman InstituteSeattleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State University, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA