Thursday, September 3, 2009

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" from the book of Revelation speak of the devastation yet to occur during a the time period known as the Great Tribulation. Dr. John Gottman states that the "great tribulation" for relationships usually occurs when one or more of the "four horsemen" present. The "four relational horsemen of the apocalypse" are criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling. Interacting with others from any of these four places creates and magnifies distance and distrust. Their appearance often triggers a similar response in others. The result ... relational Armageddon! (Sellon and Smith, Practicing Right Relationship, pg. 72)

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