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5 Myths About Marriage

Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010 10:59 AM

Marriage is a contractual obligation entered into by two people of different sexes or of the same sex (legal only in some countries). For the romantically inclined, it can be explained as a union of two hearts. A wedding is one of the most important events in one’s life. Therefore, the choice of a spouse should be made with prudence and diligence.

Since marriage is such an important event in life, there are bound to be some myths associated with it. True, there are many marriage myths that still exist, and marriage myths couples
newlywedssuccessfully married couples expect that time will change people’s perception to a large extent. There are several marriage myths that people still believe in and several others that have been demystified.

Let’s take a look at some common marriage facts and myths that are still prevalent to this day. The top five myths about marriage are:

1. Staying married to the same spouse forever:
Not all marriages last forever. Disputes and differences of opinion will occur in wedlock, and some of them may turn out to be irreconcilable, leading to divorce. Just because your parents and grandparents may have stayed married to the same spouse all through their lives, doesn't mean that you will too. A successful marriage will, therefore, depend on each person, and how they handle various situations in life.

2. I will never be attracted to another man or woman:
Fidelity is the key for a successful marriage. While this is the ideal situation, it does not mean that a husband and wife will stay attracted only to each other, both physically and emotionally.

3. Married couples are financially stable:
The idea that married couples are financially strong is one of the most common marriage myths. While it may be true in some cases, it is not so for every couple. Remember, a family will expand with childbirth, and the couple will then have to provide food, shelter, education, and clothing among other things for their children.

4. Babies bond parents:
If you feel that love and romance has died in your relationship and that you can rekindle it with a child, you could be wrong. This approach doesn’t work for all couples. If this was true, there would be no child custody cases out there. One truth about marriage is that a couple should have a strong attachment to one another. A child can't fix preexisting relationship problems.

5. Living together before marriage:
Couples deciding on entering wedlock nowadays generally test their compatibility levels by opting for a live-in relationship. Unfortunately, studies have shown that couples living together before marriage have a higher chance of eventually getting divorced.

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