Through his research, Dr. John Gottman concluded that successful relationships follow “The Magic Relationship Ratio.” That magic ratio is 5:1. In a successful relationship, for every one negative interaction, there are five or more positive interactions. When I first read about this, I immediately thought about my relationships with family and friends, and how it could help my personal life. But then I couldn’t stop thinking about how that “magic ratio” might be a wonderful tool in our teaching and rehearsing. Whether we are discussing a problem with a loved one, or trying to balance praise for progress with constructive criticism in our teaching, the magic might be in the ratio.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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