Episode 111: What You Don’t Know About Arranged Marriage

July 19, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 111: What You Don’t Know About Arranged Marriage


According to some sources, a majority of all marriages in the world are arranged. Despite how common this practice is, little research has been conducted on the subject—and there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there regarding what arranged marriages actually look like and how they work (including the idea that arranged marriage necessarily equates to “forced marriage”). So that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

I am joined by Dr. Sharon Flicker, a clinical psychologist who researches intimate relationships. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University – Sacramento. Some of the topics we explore include:

  • How does the purpose of marriage differ across cultures?
  • What does an arranged marriage actually look like?
  • Who arranges an arranged marriage? Do the spouses have a say?
  • Are people happier on average in couple-initiated vs. arranged marriages?
  • What do people tend to get wrong about arranged marriages and how they work?

Check it out! To learn more about Sharon, you can visit her lab website or follow her on Twitter @smflicker1

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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