How to Predict Divorce in 5 Minutes with 90% Accuracy

Researchers at the University of Washington say they can predict with 90 percent accuracy whether couples will divorce or stay married simply by listening to them talk for a few minutes.

After reviewing data from more than 500 couples in discussion, psychologist John Gottman, Ph.D., of the University of Washington’s Relationship Research Institute, and applied mathematicians James Murray and Kristin Swanson have come up with a mathematical model that can predict likelihood of divorce. They dub it the ”Dow Jones Industrial Average for marital conversation.”

“A 5-to-1 ratio of positive comments to negative ones indicates a healthy marriage”, they say. A ratio lower than that suggests trouble ahead.

Check out John Gottman’s video here

How to Have a Healthy Relationship:

Talk more, share more, and be more open with your positive emotions.
Avoid negative topics,
criticize less,
show acknowledgement for each other by praising, thanking and encouraging each other.