61 Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

61 Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

Update: 2021-04-14
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We are so excited to have our first solo episode! Today, we talk to Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. Karl is a professor of human development at Cornell University and a professor of gerontology in medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. An internationally renowned gerontologist, his research examines how people develop and change throughout their lives. He has authored five books and over 100 scientific publications and speaks throughout the world on aging-related issues.

He has interviewed hundreds of couples to learn why they fall in love and why they stay in love. We have read all of his books and have learned so much. This episode was so fun!

Here are few things we cover:



  • Karl Pillemer’s mission and passion behind his books

  • Dealing with difficult political conversations

  • Honesty within marriage

  • Communication in marriage

  • Three buckets of family estrangements

  • How to deal with differing values in marriage

  • Is finding your spouse: luck or choice?

  • How people change within marriage

  • How money can cause estrangements

  • Hardest conflicts in marriage

  • Can there be a perfect marriage?

  • Qualities to develop for healthy conflicts


You can learn more about Karl here ▶ https://www.karlpillemer.com/

You can check out his books here ▶ https://www.karlpillemer.com/books/


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61 Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

61 Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

Shawn Johnson + Andrew East