Relationships

How The Best Marriages Work

The institution of marriage in America appears to be struggling. Or is it? Dr. Eli Finkel's most recent research reveals that the best marriages today may be the best marriages the world has ever known. A renowned relationship expert, Dr. Finkel joins the Curiosity Podcast to reveal the structure of successful marriages and explain the context needed to understand how to flourish in any serious long-term relationship.

Dr. Eli Finkel, author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage", is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. He has published more than 130 scientific articles and is a regular contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

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Modern Marriage Explained

Dr. Eli Finkel, a social psychology professor who studies interpersonal attraction, marriage, conflict resolution, and how our social relationships influence our goal achievement, discusses:

  • How social changes in gender roles are influencing the world of romantic relationships.
  • The challenges associated with studying relationship dynamics in non-heterosexual couples, and how researchers are adapting.
  • A brief history of the institution of marriage, especially myths surrounding the "nuclear family" of the 1950s.
  • How "the grand gender convergence" has changed dating and marriage more than perhaps any other social change in the last century.
  • The degree to which dating services like Tinder are actually influencing infidelity among married couples.
  • Why marriages today are able to achieve a greater level of fulfillment than they have in perhaps any time in human history.

Plus: want to hear more from Dr. Finkel? Listen to him explain 21st century dating and relationships on a previous episode of the Curiosity Podcast.

Podcast Show Notes And Links

Dr. Eli Finkel is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management and holds the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship. Photo credit: Joshua Miller

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