The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship

Penguin Life. Feb. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9781984880772. $26. SELF-HELP
While many couples argue over “fairness” in their relationships, philosophy professor Nate Klemp and his wife, executive coach Kaley Klemp, claim that each partner needs to contribute 80 percent to build the strongest possible relationship. Drawing from extensive interviews, research, and psychological studies, they propose a mindset of radical generosity, one organized around enabling shared success that helps navigate roles, priorities, boundaries, power, and sex. The Klemps propose five essential habits, including creating space for connection, revealing issues and misunderstandings as they arise, and sharing mutual successes.
VERDICT The book offers helpful insights into the dated preconceptions many couples have when they get married, and positive ways to shift to a new paradigm.
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