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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One of the exciting things that is happening to our traditional understanding of the marriage partnership is that we are discovering that it can be more flexible than we were inclined to believe just a few years ago. Roles can be made more adaptable to individual needs, and couples can have a great deal more personal freedom to develop close friendships outside of marriage than we were inclined to think proper or possible not so long ago. Children need not "complete" a marriage, nor for that matter, need marriage complete a man's or a woman's life.

A result is the vast burgeoning of different styles of partnerships, each providing a somewhat different response to our needs for intimacy. Just what do they have to offer us? Is their promise worth their apparent risks? This book considers these questions not in terms of a theoretical model of how marriage and the family function (or should function) as social institutions, but rather in terms of how differing life styles affect the individual person and are likely to add to, or detract from, his or her chances of personal fulfillment. This assessment is made on the basis of clinical experience, case studies, personal accounts, and social criticism. In the nature of the case we know more at present about traditional marriage and some of its less dramatic alterations. We know less about living together outside of marriage or choosing the option of remaining single for life; we are just beginning to develop a body of reliable information about communal life styles. Since the publication of the first edition our information on most nonmarital partnerships has significantly increased. We know enough to begin to assess some of the likely consequences of these choices, and this is what this book tries to do.

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