Episode 1: Sex, Love, and Relationship Advice from Drs. John and Julie Gottman

March 31, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 1: Sex, Love, and Relationship Advice from Drs. John and Julie Gottman


For the first episode of the Sex and Psychology Podcast, I sat down with two relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman. They are the founders of The Gottman Institute and they have been studying sex and relationships for decades. The Gottmans have published a number of influential academic papers and bestselling books, with their latest being Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

I cover a wide range of topics in my interview with the Gottmans, including:

  • What is the biggest takeaway or most important thing you have learned from your research?
  • What is the biggest myth or misconception about relationships?
  • What is Eight Dates all about, and who is it for?
  • Is believing in a “soulmate” a healthy way to approach relationships?
  • The idea that sex needs to be or is “supposed’ to be romantic is very popular–but is it true?
  • What can couples do to improve sexual communication in their relationships?
  • Are the principles of relationship success similar for same-sex and different-sex couples?
  • What do people in sexually open relationships need to know? What relationship advice would you offer them?

Enjoy, and be sure to check out the Gottmans’ new book, Eight Dates!


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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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