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Love Maps

Over the course of a month, year, less or more, one’s love map can evolve. Stressful events can especially change our view of self and the world, changing our map. Re-exploring partners’ Love Maps and cultivating emotional closeness is important for couples in building resilience to bounce back from challenges together. The concept of a Love Map was developed by Dr. Gottman; he describes these maps as the part of our brain where important details about our partners is stored (e.g., likes, dreams, values, coping styles, etc.). Begin this strategy by instructing couples to first ask their partner about how stress has changed the way they feel about life, work, relationships, security, and the future.

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