The Gottman Institute’s Family Research Laboratory, aka the “Love Lab,” completed six studies of couples that began with a hypothesis about factors leading to divorce. Based on these factors, founder Dr. John Gottman predicted who would divorce, then followed the couples for a pre-determined length of time. At the conclusion of the studies, he had predicted with 93.6% accuracy which couples would divorce.
What are the negative behavior patterns that can predict divorce? Dr. Gottman calls these patterns “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” They are: