GEORGE A. ZEO, PSY.D.
The American journalist Sydney J. Harris is credited with observing that "Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that one automatically deserves great success in business or any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that one automatically deserves success in marriage".
Research indicates that couples tend to seek out therapy very late, an average of six years after serious marital issues emerge.
Spousal relationships are among the most complex, and couples can greatly benefit from the opportunity to sit together with a professional to talk about conflict, intimacy, sexuality, decision-making, parenting, life transitions, shared dreams, values, and styles of communicating.
It is human nature to assume others think like we do, and couples therapy helps partners to see one another as separate and unique individuals.
Learning new skills to understand one's partner and oneself can breathe fresh air into a relationship and create more compassion, greater intimacy, and optimism.
Many partners engage in couple's therapy as a way to revitalize and enhance an already solid connection, which also helps to prevent a potential crisis from occurring.
Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner once gave this observation, “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.”
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