Forming Our Relationships Backward

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Larry Waldman Phd

BY LARRY F. WALDMAN Ph.D., ABPP

The divorce rate in the US continues to hover around 50 percent and the dissolution incidence when one or both of the parties have been married previously is about 65 percent. This is a national travesty. The amount of emotional angst and money spent, not to mention the extent of trauma brought to the involved children, is immeasurable.

Finding a partner today has never been easier. There are numerous websites which facilitate making a connection with a prospective partner. Two generations ago one typically met their perspective mate at a bar, a dance, or was “fixed up” by a mutual friend or family member. Today a few clicks of a mouse may be all that is needed to begin a relationship.

Despite the technologically-aided match-making, relationships are not lasting any longer than before—and things are likely to get worse. The reason for this is…

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