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CC12 Keynote 05 – The Science of Trust and Betrayal – John Gottman, PhD

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Keynotes |  Couples Therapy |  Gottman Method |  Attunement
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2012
John Gottman, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Apr 28, 2012
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Based on research, Gottman will discuss his new theory of how to conceptualize “trust” and “betrayal” using interdependence game theory. Trust and betrayal metrics here are not personality traits, but characteristics of daily interaction processes. He will present practical flowcharts for how couples build trust and loyalty, versus how couples build distrust and betrayal. The social skill of “emotional attunement” will be described precisely. A new therapy for preventing distrust and betrayal, and a therapy for healing from betrayal will be presented. Concepts will be illustrated with video-tape and transcripts from actual cases.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe the fundamental process—that is, emotional attunement—for building or eroding trust—that is, dis-missing emotions.
  2. Describe the fundamental process for building loyalty—that is, cherishing and gratefulness—or eroding loyalty—that is “CL-ALT,” trashing and resentment.
  3. Describe the broad outlines of a three-phase therapy for healing from betrayal.

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John Gottman, PhD, was one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Gottman is a professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations, many of which were published in peer-reviewed literature. He is the author or co-author of over 200 published academic articles and more than 40 books, including the bestselling The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work; What Makes Love Last; The Relationship Cure; Why Marriages Succeed or Fail; and Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child, among many others.