Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2013 (August 2013)

The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal In Your Relationship


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July 2013

The Normal Bar

 

 

By Chrisanna Northrup, Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D. and James Witte’79, Ph.D.
Harmony Books
New York, N.Y. 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is “normal” when it comes to relationships between romantic partners? It is a question that wellness entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrup and sociologists Pepper Schwartz and James Witte’79 seek to answer empirically in The Normal Bar. Based on an extensive survey of nearly 100,000 people, the book is intended to be a resource for couples to create a “new normal” and ultimately a happier, healthier relationship. The survey sorts for age, gender, racial and geographic differences, and sexual preferences, and the findings are conveniently organized into three main sections: getting together, living together, and staying together.

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