We find ourselves on that vacation specializing in romance, when our ideas naturally tend towards the condition of our relationships. Maybe you’re single and wondering how to have better success with relationship. Or already dating someone, and considering upping your commitment level. Or perhaps you’re married and trying to keep the flame of love alive.
Fortunately, for any relationship phase you are in, we have done a podcast episode that covers it and provides solid, expert-backed hints for enhancing where things are at now and creating the best possible next move. Below you’ll find a round-up of our finest relationship-focused shows that cover how to perform love well in certain phases of romance, in addition to navigating the overall principles of intimate relationships throughout the board.
Is That a Date or Not? The Issue With Ambiguity in Relationships
Dating has never been more ambiguous than it is now. People sort of end up with each other without specifically defining the character of their relationship, degree of commitment, or expectations for the future. What starts as hanging out, slides into spending the night, which slides into moving in together, and may even occasionally slide into marriage.
While maintaining your romantic relationships ambiguous may appear to make them safer and less complex, Scott Stanley has conducted research that shows that is not necessarily true. In this episode, Scott explains why relationship has gotten more ambiguous throughout the last twenty years and why that has led people to slip into relationships rather than explicitly committing and deciding to them.
Love Is Overrated
Do you end up making the same mistakes over and over again in your relationships? Do you have a propensity to ignore red flags and always wind up in relationships that are not healthy for you? Maybe you wind up in relationships where the chemistry is great, but a couple of months afterwards, you’re searching for any way out.
My guests in this event, father-daughter duo and authors Michael and Sarah Bennett, assert that your problem is that you let yourself get suckered by love. The Bennetts supply a great deal of solid advice when it comes to establishing long-term and fulfilling relationships.
Unfortunately, many contemporary men see marriage as an institution which, at best, stifles them, at worst, sets them up for divorce, and because of this, financial and emotional ruin. But study coming out lately indicates that union actually provides a good deal of advantages to men — from earning more money, to getting better sex, to enjoying a healthier and longer life.
In this episode I talk to Brad Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, along with the Director of the National Marriage Project. We discuss the impact marriage has on men, and why formally tying the knot really makes a substantial difference in comparison to being in a committed, non-married relationship.
If you are a guy on the precipice of union, or wish to get married, 1 worry you probably have is”Can my marriage last?” While divorce rates have been decreasing because they reached their peak in the late 1970s and early’80s, there is still a perception out there that marriage is only a crapshoot — a game of Russian roulette — and that the odds favor you end up in a family court, or at best in a gloomy and loveless relationship.
In this event, writer and marriage therapist Les Parrott asserts that does not have to be your destiny so long as you take a proactive approach to union. With some thought and intentionality, you can help make certain you get a joyful, loving, fulfilling relationship that lasts till death do you part.
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Duana Welch about what social science has to say about how, why, when romance goes bad. We discuss the different reasons women and men cheat and how to stop it, how pornography affects relationships, and also the best way to break up with someone when a relationship goes sour.
In the past forty years we have seen dramatic changes in how that people date and marry. Sexuality has become more permissive and young adults are putting off marriage more and longer. And plenty of ink has been spilt in an attempt to explain exactly why. People today talk about factors like changing values and the changing market.
My guest in this episode has a different spin on the subject: writer Jon Birger argues that it is perhaps changing demographics which have transformed mating patterns in the West. We also talk about some practical suggestions about how to best take advantage of demographics based upon your individual scenario.
Among the biggest sources of contention in marriages is cash. When you have two people come into union with quite different ideas about how money should be handled, saved, spent, etc., you are sure to have some battle. But it’s possible to decrease those money arguments. Like every marital difficulty, issues about money can be solved with a few constructive discussions. My guests in this event, Derek and Carrie Olsen, discuss the discussions you should be having with your partner not just about money, but also values and lifestyle generally. How Face-to-Face Contact Could Make You Healthier, Happier, and Smarter
Although this show is not just about relationships and dating, Susan Pinker and I do talk about the value of face-to-face connections in romantic relationships. We also get into how women and men socialize differently, and why online dating is not all that it is cracked up to be. Even the parts that are not about dating specifically will surely provide insight which will carry over into your relationship with your significant other.
A growing number of today, we are communicating with the people we love through displays. While this has greatly improved the efficiency of communication, there are some inevitable drawbacks which come with the decrease in face-to-face conversation. Like the episode above, this is not explicitly about romantic relationships, but what Sherry Turkle and I talk will definitely enhance those relationships. We discuss what we’re missing when we do not speak with people in person, the downsides of communication via computers and smartphones, and what we can do to recover purposeful dialogue.