I received an alumni email this morning that read "How Engineering Ruined My Marriage" and since I was curious I opened the message and read the article. Based on the article the author's wife is art historian and sociologist. The author stated,
"The dichotomy in our worldviews, and my arrogant belief in the superiority of my own, fractured our marriage and contributed to our divorce. My engineering education had indoctrinated me to value only the quantifiable, to be an unquestioningly obedient employee designing machines for the highest bidder. I was oblivious to the repercussions of my ideology."
To summarize the article, he is basically blaming the engineer way of thinking and quantifying things has ruined his marriage.
I think in a relationship there will always be disagreements. The lifespan of a relationship is determined by the couple's willingness to let go of their pride and accommodate at the right moment. So, I don't think it's the difference of occupation or interest that ruins a relationship.
My SO and I are completely different. His interests are politics and social issues and I'm into designing and organizing things. He was a economics major and I was a human development major. We're different but we found our common ground in cooking. We actually compliment and learn new things from one another.
What are your thoughts? Do you think your occupation could ruin your relationship?