MYTH 20

Married bliss: a matter of give and take

‘Given all that we know about relationships’, enthuses one of the many websites offering advice in this area, ‘there really is no excuse for tolerating one that is less than fantastic.’ Well, I’m glad we’ve got that straight. I’m truly relieved to learn that our scientific understanding of the human heart is now so comprehensive that we can finally lay to rest the misgivings expressed in the pessimistic musings of novelist Erica Jong: ‘Men and women, women and men. It will never work ...’

So what’s the secret? Well, apparently one of the key points is that we must insist on getting our needs met. While ‘your partner doesn’t need to meet 100% of your needs’ say the team from The Relationship ...

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