In this episode, Jamie, Avery, and Lucy begin our podcast series on relationships. We start by reviewing changes in romantic relationships and how they have evolved across the decades, major reasons individuals divorce, and expectations that are placed on romantic partners. We then explore the love “chapters” in long-term relationships — early idealization, fall from grace/disillusionment, and committed/authentic love. Lastly, we get personal and share our own love stories and how we’ve navigated these “chapters” of love.
Do try this at home:
- Be mindful and examine the ideas and preconceptions you have about the kind of partner and relationship you want. Your ideas/expectations play a role in determining where and with whom you end up.
- Remember that up and down phases in a relationship are normal!
- If you’re in a rough spot in your relationship, think about the early, pleasant experiences in your own love story.