Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

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I want to add that the concept of partnerships-- married or not--as a vast and promising laboratory has been forced on me by my learnings from [my case studies]. I did not start with this idea at all. I tried to choose reasonably representative people. They did not--and do not-- seem to me to be unusual couples or unusual persons, except for their surprising willingness to tell of their life as it is. Only gradually did I see that there is an enormous, exploring experiment going on all about us. What will be our stance toward it?

Carl Rogers

Two people enter into a partnership when they discover that they share an understanding of what each one expects to get out of their relationship. They may largely accept a widely held set of expectations about what it means to be a "good husband" or a "good wife" when they decide to get married, or they may emphasize their own unique understanding of marriage by writing out their own marriage contract--and perhaps publishing it in one of our popular magazines. They may not have a formal agreement at all, they may simply have "an understand-

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