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Les Parrott

Les Parrott, III
Education M.A., Theology; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Occupation Professor, author, motivational speaker
Title Dr.
Spouse(s) Dr. Leslie Parrott
Parents A. Leslie Parrott, Jr.

Les Parrott, III, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical psychology for Seattle Pacific University, author, motivational speaker, and an ordained Nazarene minister.[1][2][3]

Early life

Parrot is the son of A. Leslie Parrot, Jr.[4] Parrott obtained a Bachelor's degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 1984, a Master's degree in theology, followed by a Doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.[5] Parrot is a fellow in medical psychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.[5]


In 1991, Parrott and his wife, Leslie, also a psychologist who teaches at Seattle Pacific University, founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.[6][7] Parrott teaches psychology, and co-teaches relationship development classes with his wife. They were also creators of the Marriage function of eHarmony.[7] Parrot emphasizes the need to not be dependent in a relationship, encouraging couples to overcome fear of rejection, and learn to communicate effectively. He uses the analogy of the popular movie calling a common problem The Jerry Maguire syndrome. Parrott says: "If you believe somebody else can complete you, you are setting yourself up for serious heartbreak. People think: "This person is going to complete me", but the truth is, nobody can do that, nobody's going to make up for everything you lack".[1][2] Parrott is the author of a number of best-selling books, and writes for a variety of magazines, such as Aspire, Moody, Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and others.[5]

Parrott has been part of the on-site support teams for worldwide disasters, including the Chernobyl disaster, and the September 11, 2001 attacks, and has been called on to counsel Marines returning from Iraq.[8]


Parrot has appeared on a variety of television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, The View, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.[1][3] Parrot is a frequent motivational speaker to Fortune 500 companies, and conducts relationship seminars around the United States. Parrott hosts a weekly radio program called "Love Talk".[1][8]

Personal life

Parrott and his wife live in Seattle, Washington. The Parrotts have been married for 25 years.[9]


Parrot is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on relationships.


External links

  • Marriage Mentoring
  • Les and Leslie Parrott biography on

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