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This is a prevalent misconception in many peoples minds--that lovelike merchandisecan bestolen Numerous statesin facthave enacted laws allowing damages foralienation of affection But love is not a commoditythe real thing cannot be boughtsoldtraded or stolen It is an act of the willa turning of the emotions a change in the chimate of the personality When a husband or wife is stolenby another personthat husband or wife was already ripe for the stealing was already prediposed toward a new partnerThe love bandit was only taking what was waiting to be taken what wanted to be taken Most of us when young had the experience of a sweetheart being taken form us by somebody more attractived and more appealing At the time we may have resented this intruder--but as we grew older we recognized that the sweetheart had never been ours to begin withIt was not the intruder that caused the break but the lack of a real relationship On the surface many marriages seem to break up because of a third party This is however a psychological illusionThe other woman or the other man merely serves as a pretext for dissolving a marriage that had already lost its essential integrity Nothing is more futile and more self-defeating than the bitterness of apurned olve the vengeful feeling that someone else gascome between oneself and a beloved This is always a distortion of reality for people are not the captives or victims of others--they are free agents working out their own destinies for good or for ill But the refected lover or mate cannot afford to believe that his beloved has freely turned away from him--and so he ascribes sinister or magical properties to the interloper He calls him a hypnotist or a thief of a homebreaker In the vast mafority of cases however when a home is broken the breaking has begun olng vefore any third party has appeared on the scene
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