Over 25% of Americans are experiencing an estrangement with a loved one or family member. This can negatively impact your romantic relationship and overall well-being. After years of studying family estrangement and rigorous research, Dr. Karl Pillemer has been able to find the common reasons families become estranged, and how they successfully repair these fractures. Through interviews with over 100 families who have repaired an estranged relationship, Karl has unique insights and knowledge to help us repair fractured relationships, and live a happier, healthier life.
In this episode, we discuss relationship advice topics that include:
  • How to deal with difficult and problematic in-law relationships
  • Steps to take to repair a fractured relationship with a family member or loved one
  • How to mend an estrangement and start having a better relationships with your family and friends
  • Why fractured families can negatively affect your romantic relationship and how to prevent this
  • Why coming to agreements and resolutions with estranged family members is not necessary to repair an estranged relationship
  • And much more!

Dr. Karl Pillemer is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. A world-renowned family sociologist, he spent five years studying processes of estrangement and reconciliation in families. His just-published book, Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them, provides strategies and tips for healing family rifts.

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Book: Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them

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