The Unity Model of Marriage
Psychology 409b / Spring 2008 / Generation 27
Dr.Leon James, Instructor, University of Hawaii
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Characteristics Of HusbandŐ Conversation With Wife In The 3 Phases of Marriage
Section 1. Lecture content
8. Male Dominance Phase of Marriage
The lecture notes offer a strong critique of Chapter 6 of Dr. LauraŐs Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, as well as of Dr. PhilŐs daytime self-help television series, and states that there are nine different assumptions that can be drawn from their male dominant perspectives:
1. Women use their bodies as tools in order to control their male partners
2. Married women have less interest in sex than unmarried women
3. Married women should not be sexually modest with their husbands
4. Unmarried women are "girls" who choose to wear clothing that emphasizes the shape of their thighs and breasts
5. Wives dress like Eskimos at home, hiding their thighs and breasts
6. Wives should think that when they say no to sex, they are hurting a good husband who wants to be faithful
7. When wives say no to sex they are depriving their husbands and are enforcing abstinence
8. It's mean for a wife to say no to sex--it is like a husband refusing to have a conversation with her
9. Men need more sex and wives should provide it
Using the Three-fold self chart above from the Unity Model of Marriage, we can conclude that when a married woman is coerced or pressured to have sex with her husband, their relationship falls under Zone 1, or the dominance phase, where the husband displays authoritarian sensorimotor behavior with his wife. When the couple has sex without striving to have mental intimacy, they then fall under Zone 2 or Zone 3 of the dominance phase.
Ultimately, male dominance oriented therapists, such as Dr. Laura and Dr. Phil fail to realize how the men themselves contribute to any conflicts that the couple may experience during their marriage, by solely placing blame on their women partners. For example, if a husband commits infidelity, it is because his wife could not satisfy his needs, but when a wife has an extra-marital affair, it shows how much she disrespects her husband and has taken him for granted. According to Dr. James, ŇWhat Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura and the other male dominance oriented therapists need to do is to start with the husband, not the wife. In other words, start objectively by going directly to the source of the wife's aversion towards having sex with him. If sex in marriage is to be intimate and loving, rather than exploitative and coercive, it is the husband who needs to find ways to make the wife feel like being sexually intimate with him.Ó
Dr. JamesŐ comment shows that in order for a couple to be more equal and harmonious in nature, husbands must look within themselves in order to change the nature of their authoritarian-like marriages. Husbands must also realize, the rights of their wives and respect their choices to have/or not have sex with them.
In addition, Dr. James offers advice to husbands and wives (as well as marriage counselors) that serve as steppingstones in order for the couple to attain a marriage that resembles the unity phase of marriage.
1. Help husbands to realize that conflicts arising from the coupleŐs lack of sexual intimacy can be solved by accepting the idea that he, himself, is the cause of his wifeŐs aversion to having sex with him. With this realization, men will become more conscious of the negative ways they interact with their wives and will learn how to curb such negative behaviors.
2. Couples should openly discuss and respect each otherŐs turn-ons/turn-offsBy having this open dialogue, couples are able to understand and respect one anotherŐs choices. The couple will also solve conflicts involving sexual blackmail placed on the woman who is guilted or exploited into believing that it is her ŇobligationÓ to be sexually intimate with her husband even though it goes against her own wishes.
Section 2. Team presentation on readings
The proper care and feeding of marriage
Mother LauraŐs marriage tools
In this chapter Dr. Laura addresses how to help ŇfixÓ broken marriages and gives ten suggestions on how this can be done. She believes that instead of giving up and throwing the marriage away, couples should do whatever it takes to fix it. This is also what the teams presented and gave their insights on each step. When I read this chapter I was quite surprised that I found almost all of her suggestions veered away from the Male Dominance Model and into the Equity Model, some even hinting toward the first stages of the Unity Model.
1) There Is No ŇIÓ In Team
In this step she emphasizes the point that in a marriage you are a team. I strongly agree with this point. She states that when the going gets to feeling hopeless and way too ugly, it is time to remember the covenant and your earliest dreams and hopes for the relationship.
2) Down Memory Lane
Here, she gave an example of a couple who were older when they began their marriage. However, their relationship became more like brother and sister rather than husband and wife. When he saw her cooking for a sick neighbor one day, he stated that he fell in love with her when she cooked him dinner. Then she commented back that she fell in love with him while they were dancing. So a week later they went dancing. I enjoyed this small story because he listened to what she said and acted on it by taking her dancing. In turn she started cooking for him more often. In this step, I believe Dr. Laura brings her suggestions into the Unity Model because it shows that by the husband affectively listening to his wife, he was able to open her back up and bring love and happiness into their marriage again. Remember back to what made you Ňfall in loveÓ and make that memory live today.
3) Mutual Forgiveness
In this step, Dr. Laura speaks of a couple whose marriage just didnŐt seem to fall into place after the first year. The stresses and unpredictable events of life left them with hard feelings between them very early on. How they eventually dealt with the impending explosion of animosity toward each other was that they forgave each other, and agreed to let the past die and start over. Although I do believe that this step is a good start, it is just that, a start. I think that in order for it to really work, and improve the marriage they would both have to agree on that point for the remainder of their marriage.
4) Dump Your Prideful Ways
Here, Dr. Laura addresses how couples behave toward each other and how that can greatly differ than how they behave and interact with family, friends and even strangers. She states that you probably donŐt take the time to really listen, instead you just get defensive and attack back to try to make yourself look better- and it works the opposite way. Her suggestion is to just listen without speaking- donŐt explain, excuse or defend your self. Show respect for the state of mind, perspective, and feelings of the one you love. I found myself agreeing with her on this step especially because she seemed to touch upon affective intimacy. If you own each others feelings then the reward will be the gift of a healthy, loving marriage.
5) Ignore the Sometimes Not So Small Stuff
This means taking responsibility for your own actions and focusing on how to personally change rather than making the other change. This is one I didnŐt completely agree with. Dr. Laura gives an example with the account of a couple with an abusive relationship. When the couple would fight, the husband felt that his wife was provoking him with hurtful words, so he would get even angrier. This would escalate to physical abuse. Dr. Laura states that it is never useful to escalate a situation by reciprocating with your own bad behavior. To a point this is true, however, I donŐt think ignoring this kind of problem is a good solution.
6) YouŐre the Genius!... No, Honey, YOUŐRE the Genius!
Dr. Laura suggests trying to remember that two heads can be much better than one if you show some respect for the otherŐs head. It is better and healthier for a relationship to come up with a solution together than each of you separately. Instead of fighting your partnersŐ perspective, make the effort to find something good about it. That way they feel heard and appreciated instead of feeling considered stupid and useless. She calls it loving negotiation.
7) Nicer to Strangers
Here, Dr. Laura states that it is easy to take advantage of love and your loved one, and love for granted. DonŐt- you have too much to lose and the potential of too many people being hurt. She believes, as well as I do, that if you donŐt treat your partner so poorly then they wonŐt either. Ideally, this is true. However, it is not always so in all relationships. ThatŐs why I think this step would work well in the Equity and Unity Model.
8) It Is a Far Greater Blessing to Give than Receive
Sometimes couples need, want, demand, or expect more from their partners but never communicate it with each other. Dr. Laura suggests that along with better communication, coming out of your self at times of your partnerŐs needs, while difficult, is better medicine. Do an errand for your loved one or something special and unexpected. That way you support them in their time of need, and with that, can expect the same in the time of yours. Personally I agree with that. When my boyfriend does small things for me when IŐm feeling down or having a bad day, it not only makes me feel better to have his support and love, but it makes me want to do the same for him when he needs it. This makes our relationship more satisfying.
9) Forget Rewriting History
In this example, a couple realizes that years of resentment in their marriage werenŐt just going to disappear overnight. Neither of them were just going to spontaneously change the errors of their ways and heal their relationship. Especially if one or the other wasnŐt up to facing their faults just yet. Dr. Laura suggests that the best thing you can do when youŐve messed up is do the right thing from this point on, and pray for the best.
10) Kings and Queens
ŇItŐs as simple as this: treat him like a king, and he will treat you like a queenÓ.
If I wanted to follow the Unity model, I would want that statement to be the other way around. If you treat her like a queen, then she will make you her king. Dr. Laura states that if you give him/her what they want and need, then their affections and appreciation will make the relationship that much sweeter. In the Unity Model, this step would be true. If you physically, cognitively and affectively love her, then you will get the same in return. You will have achieved conjugial love and will be able to create a heaven her in the physical world and be together for eternity.
The lazy husband
ItŐs a personality thing
A key par of creating change in a marriage comes from achieving an understanding of how your and your partnerŐs personalities
affect your marriage. We need to know how your past and to understand how your partnerŐs past. Understanding his personality because it can help you correct his misperceptions about you and help you communicate in ways that do not trigger his anxiety, negativity, and defensiveness. This chapter will present common personality types, how they can create problems and how they can change. There are 4 types of personality husband or wife; The boy-husband, The worried wife, The worried husband, The perfectionistic wife, The perfectionistic husband, The angry husband, and The angry wife.
Bob was 26 years old and working at an electronics stores as a floor sales man. Bob was attracted to Lena who had all of the qualities such as being responsible and earning a good income. Bob grow up in a family with depressed and ineffective parents. BobŐs parents were not involved in any meaningful way to support him in his life. When Lena married Bob, Lena had no idea he was incapable of conducting an adult life. Lena mistakenly assumed that the increase in responsibility of parenthood would force Bob to grow up and change for BobŐs laziness.
Just one more child to take care of
Commonly women complain that living with their husband is like having another child. In LenaŐs case, she complained that Bob was like another child. Consider the following the guidelines:
Work to feel less responsible for him
Become aware of the your feelings of over responsibility and work toward more detached from those feelings. Women are socialized to feel responsible for others, and many women have a hard time to feel happy if their husband or children are worried in any way. In LenaŐs case, she was afraid that if she did not make Bob get out of bed in the morning, he would get fired. Lena had to decide whether she wanted to Bob to grow up or remain dependence. Also Lena had to let Bob know that she was not going to continue to parent him.
Gain an understanding of why you are overly responsible
Lena accepted of BobŐs behavior which was a dependent husband because of unregulated feelings of responsibility. Lena was the eldest child in a family of seven. She had to take equal responsibility. In order to determine how much your feelings of over responsibility contribute to your husbandŐs laziness.
Use nonjudgmental language to let your partner know of your change
If you have a new idea to manage, it is a good idea to give your partner attention without humiliating him. In LenaŐs case, she had to take responsibility for the equality because of his inability to manage responsibility. Dr, Joshua advised Lena to organize conversation and he recommended that you slowly eliminate the tasks you want him to take over.
Make an honest assessment of whether some part of you likes or benefits from your partnerŐs dependency
It may make you focus on what he is doing wrong and ignore what he is doing right. If this is the case, you have to strive to recognize that part of yourself and begin to move your attention to the positive aspects of your partnerŐs behavior or contributions. Bob never leaned that how to be a fully functioning adult. BobŐs dependency was caused by his parental neglect.
DonŐt expect overnight change
It is more likely to take some time for them to successfully change. What can change overnight is how much you do for your partner that he can rightly do for himself. This is important because you can have time to apply activities for your liking by eliminating your function of over responsibility
The worried wife
Worry is often at the core of overly responsible behavior. Liya refused to get baby-sitting because she terrified of leaving the
children with a baby-sitter due to the occasional stories about child kidnapping or abuse. LiyaŐs husband got angry at her because she would never go out on a date with him without children. Liya needed to learn how to tolerate leaving the children with baby-sitters. Liya became more confident to go away for a weekend without being terrified within a year.
What to do if this describes you
Strive to understand the nature of your worry. Ask yourself the following questions :
Does it appear rational ?
Did something happen in my childhood or past that has left me feeling unsafe ?
If so, is it possible that it is interfering with my judgment and assessment of danger for my children,
or those closest to me ?
Do others tell me that I worry too much tease me about my excessive worry ?
Do the things that I worry over rarely come to pass ?
If so, am I able to integrate that knowledge or do I quickly move on to the next worry ?
If you answer yes in the several items, your worry is probably interfere with your life and may be interfering with your marriage.
Begin to push back against your worries
Make a decision to push against one or two of the worries that are interfering with your life. Make a commitment to do small steps
that are learning to tolerate worry.
The worried husband
While women have a more common feature against excessive worry, many men also have this problem. Mark was raised in a
family with parents who constantly worried about money. When he become parent, he constantly worried that something bad was
going to happen to his family. Early in his marriage, his wife experienced his worry over her and the children. When the children became older, she began to feel more weighed down by his constant worries and inability to relax and enjoy the many things.
What to do if this describe your partner
DonŐt criticize him for his worry.
People who worry excessively feel suffering and would gradually stop if they could. Express for him such as ŇIt
sadness me to see that you feel so tortured by these worried. It is okay with me if you do not do it exactly right.Ó
Tease him if heŐll let you.
People who are worries often know that they are out of control with it. If he has a sense of humor, you try to joke
with him. This technique only works if he has a sense of humor and he appears to feel comfortable.
DonŐt allow his worries to rule the roost.
If he worries to much in front of the children, show them other option, without undermining him. People often
control their behavior in response to their partnerŐs needs, desires, and insecurities, women especially.
Have him talk to his doctor about a medication evaluation.
Excessive worry may be due to a biological condition. There are a number of psychological diagnoses that cause
people to worry, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and a host of anxiety disorders.
The perfectionistic wife
Perfectionists often have a hard time enjoying their lives or their marriage. Being a perfectionist is stressful because it makes you
more likely to believe, often irrationally, that your partner is also holding you to this impossible standard. This is an important
perception to gain control since both men and women feel unhappier in their marriages and communicate less effectively when
they expect perfection of themselves.
Are you a perfectionisit ?
I can not relax if something is incomplete.
Noting I do is never quite good enough.
I can never stop and take pride in what I have done. I am always off to the next task.
I can never please anyone.
I never can get anything right.
People are always looking for the chink in my armor.
If people get to know me, they will see how inadequate I really am.
I have to work extremely hard to maintain a good impression and it is really exhausting.
I take pride and pleasure in my hard standards but I drive everyone around me work on.
Some examples of a perfectionistic orientation toward your spouse are :
He can never do things all of the way, it is always half-assed.
If he only tried a little harder, I would be happier.
I am always mad at my husband for one things or another because he never gets stuff right.
Do your husband or others frequently :
Say that you are misreading or mishearing what being said
Tell you that you are too sensitive.
Worry that you don not relax enough.
Complain that you are overly defensive or overly critical.
Strive to understand the origins of your feelings
What about your past or your childhood made you feel that something would occur if you were less than perfect ?
Examine your irrational beliefs
Go to the section titled are you a perfectionist ? Choose three or four of these examples to start actively.
Examine your criticism about you husband
If you are a perfectionists, it is possible that your perfectionism interferes with your ability to look at the ways that he positively
contributes to the family. Pick up one or two points what you will work to appreciate him, and two other points what you are going
to stop complaining about him.
The perfectionistc husband
Perfectionists can be hard to live with. Living with a husband who has perfectionistic expectations of you may be cause you to feel
controlled, dominated, or criticized. You may feel frustrated that he has a hard time relaxing or feeling good about himself. Men
who are perfectionists are less like to be lazy husbands, perfectionists tend to hardworking and obsessive.
The angry husband
Living with a hostile or abusive spouse can make you feel depressed, anxious, or afraid. You may need to know how to decrease
his authority before you can effectively strategize how to get him to do more with family. There are many reasons why women stop complying with their husbandŐs anger. Some common examples are as follows:
In makes me feel terrible about myself when he gets mad at me
Children who grow up in abusive or neglectful family develop that they are not authorized to protect themselves from
mistreatment. Gina took individual therapy because of feelings of depression and anxiety. She learned how her past was affected
her present life. She wrote down her reaction about her emotion, behavior, and belief in the journal to become more conscious how
she talked to herself. Cognitive-behavioral techniques.
State your requests with an assumption of cooperation
This conversation should be an assumption of cooperation and a belief that he wants to make her happy. Greg and Gina could go a unproductive way in their conversation. The greater number task that he should choose – the harder, the fewer number of tasks.
DonŐt let your intimidation rule you
People change slowly. The main idea is to commit to a new form of behavior for a set of time, such as six months to a year. GinaŐs most serious problem was not just Greg and she also had her anxiety and lack of entitlement. That is why you should make a plan.
I donŐt want the children to witness conflict
Many parents worry that marital fight is potentially traumatizing for their children. Children clearly prefer if their parents
never fight. However children are generally not harmed by parental fights. It may be better for you get strong to withstand him.
ItŐs not worth it to me to see him so upset, so I just give in
If you live with a hostile spouse, you learn how to deal with your husbandŐs upset without freaking out. WomenŐs socialization is
to be focused compromises in their dealing with a manŐs out of control. Gina made list of behavior that she wants to change.
I feel sorry for him
Women grow up with fathers who are weak, fragile, or dependent may feel so worried about hurting a manŐs feelings that they never challenge. Winnie need to know that her husband could endure her resisting to him before she could start making demands.
If you feel afraid your strength consider the following :
Examine where your beliefs come from.
Work to see that it is not your job to hold up your husband.
Examine your sense of guilt.
Going forward with the angry husband
Dr, Joshua recommended that you should begin to make change. People who live with an intimidating spouse often believe that it
will change someday. Children benefit from watching their parents strive to have their needs without being too selfish or selfless.
The angry wife
Some women respond to childhood abuse by becoming submissive, others become aggressive. Unfortunately, these women
interact with blazing every moment and women are more likely make their husbands feel resentful and resistant to change.
Dealing with guilt
Angry behavior can make intense feelings of guilt. Guilt contributes to feelings of self-hatred. Self-hatred reduces your resilience
Because your internal resources go showing wrong in your mind. Self-forgiveness and self-compassion increase your resilience.
Exercise on guilt
Some common examples: List some behaviors that you feel chronically guilt.
I feel gilt that about losing my patience with my children and/or husband.
I feel guilty that I do not spend enough time with my children/husband/friends/parents.
I feel guilty bad about yelling at my husband or kids in the same way that I was yelled at when I was a kid.
I feel guilty about hitting my kids or husband.
I feel guilty that I do not do more with or for my parents.
Dr, Joshua wants you to seriously commit to accepting yourself for whatever you currently blame yourself of doing or not doing.
He also said that you should reduce self-hatred and move toward self-forgiveness, self-compassion, and a commitment to change.
Lecture notes N16d
Table 16d. 1
Characteristics of HusbandŐs Discourse
(Chart read from the bottom up)
This chart is read from the bottom up
THREEFOLD SELF OF HUSBAND
focus on his wife
always talks in a friendly voice
doesnŐt interrupt his wife
always appearing to be interested, involved in conversation
supportive of her thoughts
adopts his wifeŐs views
thinks his masculine view is not as important as his wifeŐs view (their view combined.)
makes his wife more central in his mind
wants mental intimacy with her
does not resist affective intimacy
focus on topic/task
talks like he is always out to defend his views, rights, or conveniences
exaggerates and lies to control her
calls her bad names and criticizes her
thinks that her views are not as important as his
considers his views fair and rational
hides his feelings to control her
has areas of his own independence
tortures his wife by resisting her
MALE DOMINANCE PHASE
focus on himself
calls her names
uses harsh tones
uses gestures and his body to intimidate her or to punish her
thinks that women are less intelligent than men
dismisses her views when itŐs convenient for him
dominates her rather than be intimate with her
Would rather hang out with his friends than his wife
A wife experiences and hears her husband through their overt interactions (S). From her sensations, she can recognize what her husband is thinking and feeling.
If a wife is constantly being interrupted by her husband, she can feel it through her sensation and is unable to fully express herself (S). If a man physically or mentally abuses his wife, she starts to think (C) that he thinks (C) of her less. She will also think (C) that he loves (A) to dominate her rather than be intimate with her (A).
If a husband is always trying to defend his views, his wife will think (C) that he thinks (C) her views are below his. This means that he is not committed mentally (C) or personally (A). He wants to maintain his areas of independence.
**Sexual love in the dominance and equity phases begin below the belt and move upward into the chest.
If a wife sees that her husband is polite, considerate and thoughtful of her feelings, then her consciousness enters a conjugial sphere of heavenly peace because he wants to conjoin with her in all areas of his three-fold self. A couple has reached the final unity stage once the husband sees her views as more important than his own. She will feel a sensation (S) throughout her body, which can lead to sexual feelings.
**Sexual love in the unity phase turns into conjugial love and begins in the chest and moves down below the belt.
Section 3. Team exercise on readings
(a) Summarize the main ideas presented by the team.
Dr. Laura who is famous woman as a therapist and counselor. She supports and promotes the male dominance phase of marriage. In the male dominance phase of interaction, the wife is coerced to have sex with husband without feeling mentally intimate with him. According the lecture notes, there are two steps; (1) Teach husband that things can fix if he accepts the idea that he is the cause of his wifeŐs aversion to having sex with him and (2) Teach husband how to obtain facts from his wife concerning he turn her off and makes her feel sexually not attracted toward him. From the video ŇCare and Feeding of MarriageÓ, Dr. Laura says that the marriage always has trouble and she emphases that we create the marriage makeover. There are two main ideas; one is that reflects on touching and spectacular moments and the other is that think how to provoke good moments. From the book ŇThe Proper Care and Feeding of MarriageÓ, Dr. Laura approaches that man has the right to expect wife to have sex with him when he wants it.
(b) Describe what they did and how they interpreted it.
They presented about Dr. Laura promotes the male dominance phase of marriage which the wife coerces to have sex with husband. Also they explained about the male dominance phase of interaction how to involve each other without mental intimacy from the lecture notes. In addition, they described about the Dr. LauraŐs video that talked about the book Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage.
(c) Describe some of the ideas that needed a better justification or greater amplification.
I think that each person had great presentation speech to talk about the male dominance phase of marriage. One person focused on the
lecture notes to explain about the male dominance phase. The other person pointed out the Dr. LauraŐs video to report the main ideas and content. Another person talked about the parents and friends couple relationship based on the unity model of marriage.
(d) What was the success of the approach they used?
I think that they succeeded the organization of the group presentation. After they explained each section, they made an opinion about the
Dr. LauraŐs male dominance perspectives either agree or disagree. From the Dr. LauraŐs video, they also picked up the Dr. LauraŐs male dominance phase how to involve each other in the marriage relationship. In the presentation, they represented parent marriage relationship to relate with the material. Each person had great success to present the topic and to provide the information for classmates.
(e) What improvements are needed in the procedures or in the instructions?
I think that their presentation was success way to organize and to present the lecture material. This presentation had a great variety of opinion about the Dr. Laura supports the male dominance phase of marriage. After they presented the topic of the male dominance phase of marriage, classmates participated discussion to give an idea or opinion. In the male dominance phase, the wife pressures to have sex with the husband without mental intimacy with him, so they do not involve the cognitive and affective intimacy.
(f) What are the limitations of these types of exercises?
I think that they had various opinions to talk about the Dr. LauraŐs male dominance perspective. However these exercises had limitation to discuss about the Dr. LauraŐs the male dominance phase of marriage. Because there is the only way to focus on the Dr. LauraŐs approach that we create simple significance what the wife or the husband wants to and needs to in the marriage relationship.
(g) Describe what happened when you did some of the steps of the exercises.
Although Dr. Laura supports the male dominance phase which focuses on him-self and she also talks about the unity model which focuses on his wife in the video. I am impressed that Dr, Laura emphasizes that how much time does husband spend time to think about wife and to
make her happy. When I think about my friends in the marriage relationship, happy couples try to make the unity phase. Husband tries to support wife, to adopt feminine view, and to love mental intimacy with wife. So husband tries to think about how to make wife happy. Also wife tries to love mental intimacy what husband is feeling to make husband happy. However, unhappy couples do not try to consider each other what husband or wife doing / thinking / feeling. I believe that married partners start the male dominance phase but they can create the unity phase to involve the sensorimotor, cognitive, and affective intimacy each other to enjoy married life and to make husband / wife happy.
Section 4. Annotated web link
1. Emotional Effects of Marital Abuse
This website provides a story from a woman who has experienced physical abuse from her husband and how it has affected her throughout her life. As she stays and attempts unity with him, he forever stays in the male dominance stage.
2. Mental Abuse-The 7 Most Important Things To Know
This website provides the 7 different ways that men mentally abuse their wives and gives advice to women who are going through it.
3. Top 10 Marriage Mistakes
This website explains mistakes made in the sensorimotor, cognitive and affective stages of the threefold self by men.
4. How To Keep Your Sex Life Alive
This website tells you how to keep your sex life alive and how it goes wrong. The article is directed towards husbands who are in the
male dominance and equity phase.
5. Domestic Abuse
This website provides the warning signs and symptoms of abusive relationships, and men who are in the male dominance stage use it
to get what they want from their spouse.
6. Pull-Resist Relationship System
Dr. Paul gives her opinion on why marital sex often dies after marriage. She defines what the Ňpull-resist relationship systemÓ is and
how it blocks a relationshipŐs sexual energy.
7. Why Dr. Laura is (Usually) Right
Read otherŐs opinions on Dr. LauraŐs advice and how they think she is right, most of the time.
8. DonŐt Listen to Dr. Laura
Read what others have to say about Dr. Laura and how they disagree with her teachings, compare and form your own opinion.
9. Achieving Intimacy In Life
Learn the different types of intimacy, how to develop last relationships and how to reach the unity model of marriage.
10. Marital Intimacy
This article shows the womenŐs view on the unity model of marriage and how a man can achieve it. It also talks about what GodŐs role is in the process.