In a rather highhanded fashion, he dismisses the communication skills approach "whether intoned by a psychologist on TV or by a wise manicurist at the local mall."
In The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work John Gottman does not mention he once was one of the main proponents of this approach, nor does he tell the reader whether he was a TV psychologist at the time, or a wise manicurist.
• A Couple's Guide to Communication by John Gottman, Cliff Notarius, Jonni Gonso, and Howard Markman, Research Press, 1976.
• The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Three Rivers / Random House, 1999.
• For John Gottman's critique of marital therapy based on communication skills, see The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, pp 8-11. Note the similarity in the couples activities he recommends in both books.