The CapStone Marriage: How Millennials Are Changing the Norms of Marriage

You’ll have to give your email address for this … but its a small price to  listen to Esther Perel’s info (ala Rich Simon at Psychotherapy Networker) on how Millennials are doing marriage later and differently than the generations that preceded them. Interesting shifts …


People today are getting married at a later age than ever before. Instead of getting married and growing up together, they’re pairing off after establishing individual career paths, identity and personal style. Does this new paradigm hurt a couple’s chances for long-term happiness? What obstacles does it present to their staying together?

When I have questions like these, I turn to Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity, whose TED Talk on the changes in contemporary relationships has been viewed by over 5 million people.

In this quick video, Esther traces the emergence of this new norm—she calls it the Capstone Marriage—and she explores the therapist’s critical role in helping clients negotiate the balance between individual freedom and commitment in a long-term partnership.

Don’t miss this one –it’s enlightening information from one of therapy’s most compelling presenters.

Rich Simon
Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

PS, Even if you don’t see couples regularly in your clinical practice, I think you’ll find understanding the cultural forces shaping couplehood today helpful in your work with clients of all ages—especially Millennials.

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