The Science of Trust

Presented by Dr. John Gottman, PhD on 05-07-2010 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

We are living through a global catastrophe of trust. We are experiencing this on every front today: decreased trust in our economic system, our government, our banks, in Wall Street, with employers, and more. Most tragic of all is the decreased trust that people are experiencing in their closest relationships, particularly in their marriage and love relationships.

In this 90-minute presentation, Dr. Gottman will review "the science of trust" in the context of couple relationships, including the physiology and mathematics of trust and betrayal. He will review how recent research has led to a precise definition of trust and discuss his new empirically-based theory of trust. Topics will include discussion on how to create trust in love relationships and how it is possible to sometimes heal from betrayal.

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Meet the Presenter

Dr. John Gottman, PhD

Dr. John Gottman, PhD

Dr. John Gottman is world-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, which involves the study of emotions, physiology, and communication. He was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker publication. Dr. Gottman’s 30 years of breakthrough research on marriage and parenting has earned him numerous major awards including four National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards and the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution. He is the author of 190 articles and author or co-author of 40 books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Dr. Gottman and his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, are the co-founders of the Gottman Institute™ where he currently teaches. He is the Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute and is beginning a new research project on treatment for domestic violence. Dr. Gottman is also in private practice in Seattle and on Orcas Island, WA. He is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Washington and founded "The Love Lab." He and his wife currently co-present five couples workshops on "The Art and Science of Love" each year.

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