“Self-Expressive Marriage” as the dominant ideal in the last half-century in America

Since around 1965, we have been living in the era of the self-expressive marriage. Americans now look to marriage increasingly for self-discovery, self-esteem and personal growth. Fueled by the countercultural currents of the 1960s, they have come to view marriage less as an essential institution and more as an elective means of achieving personal fulfillment.

Eli J. Finkel, “The All-or-Nothing Marriage”, The New York Times (16 February 2014), SR6.

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