What’s Wrong with Studies and Claims about the Supposed Benefits of Marriage?

What’s Wrong with Studies and Claims about the Supposed Benefits of Marriage?

From the days when I first started reading the original journal articles claiming that marriage is beneficial to your health and well-being, I have been stunned by how flawed most of the studies are, methodologically. More and more laypersons are beginning to understand the problems with these cheater techniques. Professionals who have made a career out of claiming that Marriage Wins will probably be the last to acknowledge these very fundamental flaws.

Here, I want to share some of my critiques. I hope they will help you understand what’s wrong with the studies and the claims about the supposed health and happiness benefits of getting married. Ideally, once you read a few of these, you will know how to assess new studies and new claims, if you don’t already.

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Therapy and the Single Person

Every stereotype of single people bothers me, but this one is especially galling: if you are single, it is because you have “issues.” As if married people don’t have issues. As if single people cannot be mentally healthy and happy. But they can be, and usually they are. What’s more, if single people get married, chances are, they will become no happier and no healthier than they were when they were single.

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Psychology Is Your Secret Weapon: My Keynote Address at the Eastern Psychological Association

I had the great honor of being invited to give the Invited Presidential Keynote Address at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Philadelphia, PA on March 3, 2018. However, the Nor’Easter also decided to visit Philly around the same time. My flight scheduled for the day before my talk got canceled, then I rebooked and that flight got canceled. (That was after I had a flat tire on the way to the airport.)

So I gave the first part of my talk from home (in Summerland, CA) by Skype, then the call got dropped and I gave the rest of it by phone. The audio quality wasn’t so great, at least during the Skype part, and I don’t even want to know what the video looked like in the room.

In case anyone is interested, here is the entire talk. I was asked to address “ways in which psychology can be used outside of traditional academic conferences,” keeping in mind that many of the people at my talk would be undergraduate psychology majors.

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