Marriage Analysis: Foundations for Successful Family Life

Marriage Analysis: Foundations for Successful Family Life

Marriage Analysis: Foundations for Successful Family Life

Marriage Analysis: Foundations for Successful Family Life

Excerpt

This book grows out of the realization that all is not well with marriage and family life today, and the belief that understanding, which can come from study and discussion, is a first step in overcoming the difficulty. Successful marriage is not automatic; nor does it result from mere wishful thinking or hocus-pocus manipulation. There are principles which underlie success here, just as there are in other segments of life.

By emphasizing analysis we have tried to approach marriage as a scientist would any other phenomenon--being systematic rather than eclectic, rational more than emotional. This is not an encyclopedia of factual information, nor a marriage manual, nor a source book, in the sense of having something on all subjects pertaining to marriage. Neither does it pretend to treat any one subject exhaustively, nor to have all the answers. Rather, it is an attempt at synthesis, through logical analysis, of some of the core problems of marriage.

The approach is what might be called functional, in contrast to institutional; person-centered, in contrast to group-centered. The focus, therefore, is upon the interpersonal relationships of men and women during courtship and marriage. Treatment of the family as a social institution is but incidental.

It is our reasoned conviction that marriage and family life are good, that they are productive of things worth while. This is the basic assumption of the book. Once accepting this as a premise, we have tried to remain objective--analyzing rather than dogmatizing, seeking truth rather than proof, teaching rather than preaching. But we are interested in welfare and improvement; and we have tried, therefore, to stimulate readers in the direction of greater effort. Our reach has been for both information and motivation.

From the group or social point of view, we believe that marital success is dependent upon the degree of public attention and encouragement given to it. Sometimes the culture is . . .

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