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Divorce Signs: Dr. John Gottman Reveals The Four Negative Patterns That Cause Divorce (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/18/2012 4:06 pm Updated: 04/18/2012 4:08 pm

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Is it possible to predict divorce?

Dr. John Gottman, co-founder of the Relationship Research Institute -- a research center that aims to strengthen and repair relationships -- stopped by "Anderson" Wednesday to talk about the four predictors of divorce.

The predictors -- which Gottman calls "the four horsemen of the apocalypse"-- are the result of more than 35 years of studying happy and dysfunctional couples at Gottman's institute.

Watch what he had to say:

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Gottman has previously provided insight into his methodology, revealing how he can predict -- often with a high level of accuracy -- which relationships will succeed and which won't. In February 2004, BBC News visited the psychologist's "Love Lab," where Gottman and mathematicians James Murray and Kristin Swanson believe they have created a mathematical model that can determine with 94 percent accuracy which marriages are doomed to divorce.

To put the model to the test, the BBC sent a soon-to-be married couple to the Seattle research center for testing. After filling out a questionnaire to identify their personality types, the BBC reported that the couple were hooked up to equipment that monitored physical and emotional responses during a discussion of a touchy subjects, like money. After weighing the ratio of positive to negative interactions during the conversation, Gottman gave the couple their results: "The prognosis is very good. We predict you will have a very good relationship -- a very real relationship."

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Filed by Brittany Wong  |