Breathe New Life Into Your Relationship—with Roger Nygard – EP 169

Choosing a partner and building a relationship with that person are among the most important things we will do in our lives. And yet, there is no class on how to do it the right way. So, what do we get wrong about relationships? And why is marriage so hard?

Roger Nygard is a veteran of the film and television industry, directing popular series like The Office and The Bernie Mac Show and editing Emmy-nominated episodes of VEEP, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Who Is America? He is also the award-winning documentary filmmaker behind Trekkies and The Nature of Existence. Roger’s latest documentary and companion book, The Truth About Marriage, explores what makes happy relationships work.

On this episode of Men on Purpose, Roger joins Ian to explain what makes marriage so difficult for us and why we’re not designed for the type of relationships our culture demands. He describes how marriage originated in the shift to patriarchy and why women tend to take a leadership position in making the most important decisions. Listen in for Roger’s insight on the biology of attraction and learn how to breathe new life into your relationship simply by listening—the right way!

What You Will Learn

The desire to explore, investigate and learn that fuels Roger’s career

Roger’s approach to making entertaining + informative documentary films

What the Savanna Principle reveals about why marriage is so hard

How we’re overwhelmed with choices when it comes to finding a partner

How the shift to a patriarchal society led to the origin of marriage

Why women tend to take a leadership position on important decisions

How couples are meant to complete rather than duplicate each other

What the T-Shirt Test teaches us about attraction and our subconscious

How to get the spark back in a relationship by recalibrating polarity

Roger’s advice for men on listening to our partners with empathy daily

Connect with Roger Nygard

Roger on Men on Purpose

Roger’s Website

The Truth About Marriage

Connect with Ian Lobas

Men on Purpose Podcast

Men on Purpose on Facebook

Men on Purpose on YouTube

Ian on LinkedIn

Email listeners@menonpurposepodcast.com



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