Gottman Institute

Seeking Attunement

When we talk about relationships, we focus and frame that establishing and maintaining relationships is built on attachment. Attachment can be defined as the emotional bond developed between two people (e.g. child and caregiver) and is something that develops and changes throughout our lives as we connect and create relationships. Establishing attachment with another person …

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Conflict is the gateway to intimacy

The transition all couples face in the course of the relationship is learning how to express and communicate emotions to one another, especially when conflict occurs. In order to engage in emotional intimacy after conflict, it is key to validate the emotions that you and your partner are experiencing throughout the conflict. When conflict occurs, …

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