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How Different Was Courtship In Prior Generations?

How different was courship a century ago?

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The research of  Harvard University professor Werner Sollors revealed that in the post-Revolutionary War era the notions of free will and romantic love in courtship swept the young nation. Historian Ellen K. Rothman showed that in the 1800s American men and women sought to get to know each other before committing to a relationship. The superficial qualities of looks and charm were less important that one's character and shared interests. Couples relied on open communication to protect both from the twin plagues of Tiger Woods Syndrome: "insincerity and misplaced affections."

J.R. Bruns, M.D., is co-author of The Tiger Woods Syndrome, a book about repairing relationships.

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