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Anne Roiphes essay Why Marriages Fail digs into the causes of marital break up Roiphe 2005 p 524-526 Some of the reasons that she lists for divorce include unrealistic expectations choosing partners that possess negative traits of our mother or father lack of communication and unhealthy dependency on our significant other Although Roiphe is not formally educated in marital psychology many of her works have focused on similar issues Roiphe 2005 p 524-526 Anne seems to have a remarkable insight into what affects the relationship between a man and a woman When I wed this person all my problems will be over This myth which every marriage relies on is soon exposed Roiphe 2005 p 525 When many people get married they tend to have a false perception of how a marriage should be We expect that marriage will always be a honeymoon and that love will conquer all Growing up we gain a skewed sense of how romantic relationships actually work Many of our parents shelter us from the reality of a marriage When we grow up we continue to believe the fairytale Many of us spend our entire life looking for the one without considering that the one is not perfect Just like everybody else in the world he or she will have annoying habits and unattractive personality as well as physical traits Many marriages fall apart because either partner cannot imagine what the other wants or cannot communicate what he or she needs or feels Roiphe 2005 p 525 In reality marriage entails more than just love Marriage requires compromise communication mutual respect and patience just to list a few Although love is part of the equation for a successful marriage it is only the basis upon which we build all of the other aspects involved in a marriage A good marriage means growing as a couple but also growing as individuals Roiphe 2005 p 525
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