important facts about marriage

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  • We often choose partners similar to our parents

  • Expectations within marriage are strongly influenced by our experience of the family we grew up with

  • We may not grow out of childish and selfish attitudes

  • We often expect our partner to change to meet our needs

  • Proper caring and responsibility can minimise problems

  • Physical attraction is not enough to hold a marriage together. Most experts agree that what goes on out of bed matters more than a good sexual relationship.

  • When we do something wrong, it is important that we feel forgiven by our partner.

ref: J Murtagh General Practice 1e, 1994

Last reviewed 01/2018