Dr. Eli Finkel, Northwestern University
The All-Or-Nothing Marriage
Historical shifts in the institution of marriage in America have produced two major consequences. First, the quality of average marriages has weakened over time. Second, the quality of the best marriages has strengthened over time. In tandem, these two consequences have pushed marriage toward an all-or-nothing state. This presentation introduces a theoretical framework for understanding these temporal shifts. It also leverages this framework to integrate the empirical literature on intimate relationships and distill practical conclusions for relationship success.
Eli Finkel is the author of the bestselling book The All-Or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work and a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. He research studies focus on interpersonal attraction, marriage, conflict resolution, and how our social relationships influence our goal achievement. In his role as director of Northwestern’s Relationships and Motivation Lab (RAMLAB), he has published ~150 scientific papers and is a contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. The Economist has identified him as “one of the leading lights in the realm of relationship psychology.”
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