'The Four Horsemen': Why Marriages Fail The second installment of the Day to Day series on marriage education examines the 20 years of research providing the intellectual underpinning of a federally-backed marriage education curriculum. Psychologists have identified four key problems that lead to divorce: criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling.
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'The Four Horsemen': Why Marriages Fail

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The second installment of the Day to Day series on marriage education examines the 20 years of research providing the intellectual underpinning of a federally-backed marriage education curriculum.

Psychologists have identified four key problems that lead to divorce: criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. And the worst of these? Contempt for a partner. But identifying the root cause of a problem in a marriage is only half the battle.