Relationships ~ Dr. Karyn McKenzie

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Tonight Dr. Frager’s guest is Dr. Karyn McKenzie

Dr. Karyn McKenzie has been a professor in the psychology department at Georgetown College for 19 years and currently serves as Department Chair, Division Chair, and Faculty Chair.  She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky.

For the past 15 years she has taught a Relationships course, which focuses on romantic relationships across the lifespan.  Topics covered include attraction, passion, conflict, jealousy,  betrayal, romanticism, and balancing work & family.  She regularly gives presentations on these topics as well.

Questions for Dr. Frager’s show:

 1)    Besides usually making life more fun, what effect does having a relationship have on our lives (e.g., health benefits, etc.)?

2)      What are some gender differences (and similarities) related to relationships?

3)      What are the biggest predictors of friendships?

4)      What are the primary reasons why people break up?  What are the biggest predictors of divorce?  

5)      Should fighting be avoided?

6)      What topics do couples fight about most frequently?

7)      Should couples live together before getting married?

8)      What are similarities and differences between couples, based on sexual orientation?

9)      What are characteristics of successfully relationships/marriages?

10)   How have romantic relationships changed over time – the past 50 years?

11)   How can people strengthen their relationships?

12)   Which personality characteristics are predictive of divorce?

13)   What is self-monitoring and how does it affect relationships and other life domains?


Intimate Relationships  (Source: Wikipedia)   “An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy. Physical intimacy is characterized by romantic or passionate attachment or sexual activity. While the term intimate relationship commonly implies the inclusion of a sexual relationship, the term is also used as a euphemism for a relationship that is strictly sexual.”

The Gottman Institute  The Gottman Institute is dedicated to combining wisdom from research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families, and relationships. It brings the knowledge of research to therapists–and the insight of therapists to researchers. This link between research and practice reflects the collaboration of John and Julie Gottman, whose combined research and clinical experience is extensive, and incomparable.





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