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Why Is The Honeymoon a Myth?

Why is the honeymoon a myth?

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Engaged couples in the 1800s practiced candor in their courtship and were socially active with both men and women, maintaining balance in their lives. In fact, the original honeymoon was a bridal trip that included friends and relatives. The bride in the 1800s knew what the groom and his friends were really like.

Consider how radically things have changed in the last century. In today's honeymoon, the partners isolate from family and friends. They love idealized images of each other. These illusions fade away in the Resigned Compliance stage of Tiger Woods Syndrome.

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

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