Magazine article Psychology Today

Am / Being Realistic? AND OTHER QUESTIONS WORTH ASKING

Magazine article Psychology Today

Am / Being Realistic? AND OTHER QUESTIONS WORTH ASKING

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THERE'S A POWERFUL paradox at the heart of this magazine, and it is the idea, explored in our cover story, that you haven't experienced marriage until you've experienced the rage and regret that go along with thatblessed union. Negative? Sure. But given that marriage entails two people facing constant frustration from the world and from one another, it's dishonest to pretend otherwise. It's also dishonest to pretend that any one person has a quick fix for this quandary, especially since each marriageindeed any intimate relationship- looks very different, not least to the two people in it.

Perhaps that wise bachelor Socrates has a way in: Sometimes asking questions is more illuminating than arriving at answers. In thinking about how to think about one's own relationship, I'd start with the positives, to encourage positivity in the hard self-examination to follow (see numbers 3-5).

5 WAYS TD STRIKEATTHE HEART OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP

1) What are the things I love about my relationship, that I can value and nurture? …

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