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Gladwell – Blink Chapter 1 Essay

What happens in John Gottman’s lab?
“love lab”;
couples videotaped and their interactions are analyzed according to SPAFF (for specific affect — i.e., disgust, contempt, anger, whining, defensiveness, neutral, sadness, etc.);

with one hour of analysis, Gottman can predict with 95% accuracy whether that couple will still be married 15 years later

thin-slicing
ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience
fist
distinctive signature that arises naturally and automatically

ex. morse code message or relationship between two people

what are Gottman’s 4 horsemen?
defensiveness, stonewalling, criticism, contempt
what is the single most important sign that a marriage is in trouble?
contempt
What does Samuel Gosling do in your bedroom?
Raters given 15 minutes to answer very basic questions about the occupant of the room;

strangers with clipboards best friends on conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to new experience

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