In this episode of The Intimate Marriage Podcast, Alexandra Stockwell, MD explores the foundation of a fulfilling marriage beyond love, starting from the historical evolution of marriage as an exchange of property to the modern era of marrying for love.
The episode features the personal story of the host’s marriage and the example of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s relationship. The couple’s focus on unconditional support and not letting marriage become a prison led them to decide to become not monogamous. In contrast, another couple’s exploration of what the right way for them to interact as a couple led them to move from the city to a farm and found a retreat center. While financial convenience, cultural similarities, and having children may bring people together initially, they are not enough to create a dynamic, intimate, fulfilling, and passionate marriage. The mutual commitment to individual and shared growth creates the foundation for a dynamic and intimate marriage. However, the desire to marry for love and the capacity to live in a marriage for love do not always match up, and we need to be clear about the foundation and context of our relationship.
Also in this episode:
- Change is natural and should be embraced
- Keeping up with changes in life keeps people growing and evolving
- The same body doesn’t mean that the relationship is the same
- Communication and understanding each other’s needs are important
- Trying new things in the bedroom keeps things exciting
- Regularly working on the relationship helps to maintain the passion
- A strong emotional connection is necessary for a passionate relationship
- Passionate relationships require effort and intentionality
- Couples should be willing to be vulnerable with each other
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About Alexandra Stockwell, MD
Known as “The Intimacy Doctor,” Alexandra Stockwell, MD is a Relationship and Intimacy Coach and an Intimate Marriage Expert who specializes in coaching ambitious, successful couples to build beautiful, long-lasting, passionate relationships. She is the bestselling author of “Uncompromising Intimacy,” host of The Intimate Marriage Podcast and creator of the Aligned & Hot Marriage program.
For over two decades, she’s been guiding men and women to bring pleasure and purpose into all aspects of life— from the daily grind of running a household to creating ecstatic experiences in the bedroom—all while maintaining extraordinary professional success!