Materialism and Marriage [Love Strategies Podcast]

 By Nina Atwood

Did you know that too much materialism can kill your (future) marriage? A new study highlights the problems when one or both partners focus too much on having more things. We now know the personality traits that are associated with materialism, and with the downfall of marriages as a result. As a single person, you may want to know what to look for as you date and consider someone for marriage. There are clear signs in a new relationship that you may not be financially compatible. Since conflict over money (how to spend, save, and debt) is the number one reason for divorce, it pays to be savvy about it as you date and discover.

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  • 1. Chicago  |  June 13th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Nina,

    I’m trying to change careers to provide a “better lifestyle” because I see so many women on who use $100,000+ income as a way of differentiating between guys. How do we know what “league” we are in in terms of who we can and cannot even have a cup of coffee with? I’ve never known what I had to achieve to in order to attract the kind of female I find attractive?


  • 2. Nina Atwood  |  June 16th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi Chicago,

    You would be well served to change careers in order to improve your own lifestyle, so I encourage you to do it for that reason. When you go online to meet people, think of it as “stranger dating,” meaning that until you have that first cup of coffee you have no idea who the real person is behind the website, emails, and texts. That’s why you have the first cup of coffee, and no, there’s no way to be sure about anyone until you meet, ask lots of questions, and get to know them. I think it’s smart to set up as many coffee dates as you have time for in the week, really expand your social life, gets lots of practice having short, get-to-know-you dates. That’s how you develop the emotional muscle to discern who is for real, who is not, who is a candidate for a relationship and who is not. Have fun with it, too! Realizing that it is a serious quest for a great relationship, you can still enjoy those short dates if you view them initially as “practice.”


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