The Power of Myth Quotes by Joseph Campbell
15 Bullsh*t Marriage Myths You Do Not Need to Believe
One Sunday afternoon when I was a bishop, a very disillusioned woman came to talk with me. She and her large family had recently moved into our ward. She had tried to follow this counsel, but after many years of an apparently happy marriage, her husband abandoned her for another woman, leaving her with many children and no financial foundation. Certainly studies do indicate a lower percentage of divorce among those who marry in the temple. See Ensign, July , p.
Myths about marriage abound. Some myths come from pop culture. Other misconceptions may be born closer to home — inside our own families. If your parents constantly clashed with your grandparents and made comments condemning all in-laws, you might expect to quarrel with yours. The problem with myths is that when we mistake them for facts, they can potentially hamper our partnerships. Myth: Your true love will automatically know what to say and do to make you happy. Communication also is key when couples experience conflict or disconnection.
What makes for a long marriage? It's a question that social scientists and clinicians have tried to answer for many years, with limited results. We still don't really know why, after the joy of a wedding, one couple ends up on the rocks after a few years and another stays together for five or six decades. I decided to seek an answer by trying something new: Asking over 1, older people about their experiences in marriage. In the Legacy Project and a related book , our research team invited these oldest Americans to share their lessons for young couples hoping to stay happily married "until death do us part. When asked about what makes for a long and satisfying marriage, I was surprised at how many elders used the expression "give and take.
We argue sometimes, but we don't consider it a sport. We were fine at 7 years.
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At least for way too many of us. If you can de-construct these myths about marriage, it will help you make a wiser choice on whom to marry. Anyone can have a great wedding. It takes commitment, character, faithfulness, and humility to make a great marriage. Sure, marriage is not simple.
Somewhere around our 18th wedding anniversary I noticed that my husband and I had lost the spark that first brought us together. Our busy family life and the demands of his career took priority even though our marriage screamed for attention. To an outsider, things may have looked pretty solid. We were always smiling and had ticked a lot of boxes in terms of career achievements, having great kids and a beautiful home, belonging in our community and church with a caring and supportive small group. But we ignored the subtle but obvious signs that our marriage was no longer thriving. We took each other for granted, and assumed that eventually life would slow down enough for us to finally!