Humans of Intimacy: Stephanie Coontz

We interviewed Stephanie in our BBXX podcast interview, “The Myth of Marriage.”

She is the Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families and emeritus faculty of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

I would say that the most important insight I have gained over the years is that there are two sides to nearly every trait and behavior. Almost every vulnerability that an individual, couple, or family has is the flip side of a strength; and almost every strength is the flip side of a vulnerability. 

Whether we’re evaluating our own lives or those of others, the issue is not to decide who or what is better or worse but to figure out how to build on each individual’s or family’s potential strengths and minimize their areas of vulnerability.


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