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by Mira and Charles on December 29th, 2016
The year’s coming to an end and many of us, or some of us, or please God at least one of us! is looking back and reviewing their life, what’s happened, what they want to happen next. This is a very useful exercise.
But sometimes it can be a painful exercise. Sometimes…well, there’s one guy I’m thinking of who talked to me about how frustrated he was with himself. “I could be doing much better. I’m SO not doing my best. And what makes it worse—I just know that if I did my best, hell, I could do ANYTHING!” And there he sat, a young man with the eyes of someone tortured by self-loathing, watching another year of sub-par performance slide into the past.
Lots of people feel this way and for many of them this self-torture comes to a head at this looking-back, looking-forward time of year.
But we can help.
Let me begin by telling you something that might surprise you: Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on December 14th, 2016
You hear this a lot. At least I hear this a lot from people. ”What’s the point? Life is just a desert. You’re born. You die. So what? What difference does it make? Life just doesn’t seem to have any meaning for me.” Some of us are obsessed with thoughts like this. And many of us have these thoughts simmering below the surface much of the time. Christmas can bring them out even more, when all our Christmas busy-ness can suddenly seem like just going thru the motions.
So let’s look at this idea, the meaning of life. Hang in there with me: in a couple of minutes you’re gonna feel much better!
Well, actually it’s the phrase “the meaning of life” that’s totally meaningless. Looking for a meaning in life is like looking for a bicycle repair shop at the bottom of the ocean. It ain’t Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on October 17th, 2016
Again, apologies. We’re slowly getting up to speed with our blog posts. Here’s a new one, in our ripped from the headlines series. This is an interview we did for a writer for what is probably the most respected weekly magazine in the English speaking world. How this interview will be used, we don’t know, of course. But here’s the whole thing.
If you’ve had questions about the issue of infidelity in our society, this will be of great interest to you.
Q: Given that so many couples will experience infidelity at some point, do you think Americans have an unrealistically puritanical view of affairs and relationships? Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on August 30th, 2016
I know. It’s been a long, long time since we’ve posted a blog. March, I think—over 5 months. No, we haven’t been lost at sea. We’ve been crazy busy selling the house we’ve lived in in Boston for 39 years (!) and moving to Los Angeles. Now Bostonians are supposed to look down their noses at LA, but we love it. So much energy and creativity, and lots of fun people. Once we get settled—IF we ever get settled—I know we’re going to shift into high gear.
And we do have a blog for you today. A major newspaper did an interview with us about relationships recovering from betrayal.
Here’s the raw interview:
* Is it possible for a marriage to survive an affair - and if so, do you believe that a marriage should (can trust ever recover)?
CHI: Marriages can survive an affair Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on March 19th, 2016
When it comes to social issues, like abortion and gay marriage, the tide has been running mostly in one direction for the last 50 years: towards more liberal attitudes. That’s why social conservatives have been getting louder and more angry: they’ve been getting left behind by public opinion as a whole, particularly the opinions of younger adults.
So it might come as a surprise to learn that in one area opinions are actually becoming a bit less tolerant. It seems as though people are becoming a bit less tolerant of the idea that “Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple can’t seem to work out their marriage problems.”
Acceptance of this idea has fallen by 8.7 percentage points among women and by 4.4 percentage points among men. Now that’s not a huge plunge, nor can we read a trend into it.
But still, it’s intriguing: why would there be this hardening in attitudes against divorce when the reason for the breakup is “We can’t work out our problems”? Isn’t that exactly why people leave their marriages?
Well, it turns out there is an explanation for this increase in intolerance. People Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on March 10th, 2016
…and the next thing you know, your health is a mess.
According to a number of studies coming out over the past couple of years, bad marriages have bad consequences for our health. Our heart health, specifically.
Here’s how it works. Marital problems cause stress, stress raises blood pressure, high blood pressure causes heart attacks.
So if your marriage is not working so well, you’re just going to have to do something about it. Divorce is one option. It’s the best option for many people. But many times the best option is to work on making your relationship better. And that means getting professional help.
And in that case there’s good news:
Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on February 4th, 2016
What was St. Valentine—you know, the guy—all about and what does he have to do with us?
The truth is that Valentine was a Roman Christian martyr. What’s more… Well, there is no what’s more, because that’s all we know. According to Wikipedia,
The feast of St. Valentine of February 14 was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among all those “… whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God.”
So for all you ladies who feel your husband is a hidden man who shares little about himself, but who too often acts like a martyr and demands to be “justly reverenced,” St. Valentine is your guy!
The rest is fairy tales, and a way for retailers and restaurants to make money two months after Christmas.
And that’s only one of the reason I don’t like Valentine’s day. The main reason I don’t like it is Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on January 15th, 2016
I don’t know, but that seems like a fair question when someone writes a newspaper article titled “Can an Affair Save a Marriage?” and then goes on to say
US marriage therapist Mira Kirshenbaum outraged many with her book When Good People Have Affairs, which claimed the “right kind” of fling could “jolt people from their inertia”.
The author then goes on to imply that we’re starting a movement of people having affairs to shake up their marriage. The affair as a marriage tonic.
But IS that what we say?
Of course not. Yes, it sometimes happens that Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on December 15th, 2015
Well, you probably saw this coming. The world is going to hell, so why not: grandma and grandpa are getting divorced. So sad. So selfish. So silly. Do they even know what they’re doing? Who put these dopey ideas in their heads?
Well, maybe not your grandma and grandpa. But evidently lots of them, according to a NYTimes article that sniffs out a heating up of post-50 divorce:
Late-life divorce (also called “silver” or “gray” divorce) is becoming more common, and more acceptable. In 2014, people age 50 and above were twice as likely to go through a divorce than in 1990
Read the rest of this entry. »
by Mira and Charles on December 4th, 2015
If you ask most people, they’ll say there’s too much divorce. And they’re likely to say that half of all marriages end in divorce. Scary, isn’t it? they’ll say.
But the fact is that things are both much better than that…and far worse. This is something we’d all better come to terms with, because the story isn’t about how marriage is in trouble in this country. It’s a story about how our country itself is in trouble.
As far as marriage is concerned, among people who married about 7 years ago, only 11% of them have gotten divorced. That’s practically nothing when you factor in the reality that divorce tends to happen early on and that a lot of people make huge mistakes in who they marry.
If marriage itself was in trouble, there wouldn’t be this 11% figure. Except that, oops, I left one thing out. Those people I was talking about are all Read the rest of this entry. »