Here is a question I would like to share with you: What do you think about working together with your wife or husband or any other member of your family? I would guess that rather many people probably think that one should keep one’s family and one’s business apart, right?
However, I made wonderful experiences with working together with my wife. We currently work together in one project where I am responsible, together with others, for the philosophy part, and she is responsible for empirical psychological studies. I appreciate her work very much, and I love to work together with her on interesting questions, on discussing results and hypotheses, generating new questions and so on.
In the beginning, it was really interesting and quite a new feeling to see her in professional contexts. But that soon normalized. I enjoy our working together very much.
It is great for both of us that we work in the academia. This gives us a good understanding of what the other person thinks, what motivates her, what constraints in the academia she is confronted with etc. It also means that we deeply understand that the other person actually loves the job because we love it both. Working together on the same or at least related questions also gives rise to very deep discussions about these issues. (However, at home we also talk about other things than the job.)
In sum, working in academia and especially in philosophy is such a great thing that I pursue passionately; I can hardly think of another job that is equally cool. And for me, working with my wife is really the highlight. What about your opinions and experiences?