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Show 1059: What Are the Sacred Cows of Marriage?

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What happens when sacred vows of marriage get replaced with sacred cows arrayed against divorce? How good are the arguments?

Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, if we are to believe the statistics. Despite that, there is significant social pressure on married couples to stay together, even though the relationship may be unraveling.

What Are the Sacred Cows?

Our guests examine the rationalizations the friends and family members often employ when a marriage starts to show some strain. They term these arguments sacred cows and show their inconsistencies and weaknesses.

What did you really agree to in your marriage contract? What happens if it needs to be renegotiated? Having a conversation about goals might be the best place to start if counseling seems wise.

This Week's Guests:

Astro and Danielle Teller are co-authors of Sacred Cows: The Truth about Divorce and Marriage.

Danielle Teller, MD, has held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University, where she investigated the origins of chronic lung disease and taught in the medical intensive care unit.

Astro Teller, PhD, is a computer scientist and entrepreneur who currently oversees X. X is part of Alphabet, the umbrella company that also owns Google. 

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