In Treatment -- Afterthoughts

Tomorrow I will start writing some afterthoughts on the series. For today, a couple of articles worth reading:

1. Lisa Schwarzbaum writes in Entertainment Weekly about the benefits of watching the show and concludes:

" We're erratic, contradictory, each of us an individual bundle of urges, compulsions, and rationalizations, dressed in shoes. I don't count on the good shrinks of HBO to make sense of me and you and everyone we know, but I rely on them to confirm that I'm okay, you're okay."

Nicely put, Lisa.

2. And in today's New York Times, a nice piece on marriage and marital therapy, which concludes --

"Like dentists, marriage counselors often complain that couples come in too late to save the relationship. “Frequently, they’re actually going to counseling to figure out how to break up,” Dr. Smith said. Or as Barbara Thomas — an artist in New York who with her ex-husband, the writer Michael M. Thomas, saw a counselor for years — put it, “Counseling doesn’t work when it’s putting glue on a big shattered thing.”

Whether your marriage seems like a big shattered thing, a big bore or a big disappointment, some therapists suggest that restoring it is worthwhile. A healthy marriage is good for everything from your taxes to your soul.

“An intimate relationship inures people,” Dr. Smith said. “There’s a greater sense of well-being. You’re able to endure far, far greater hardships than on your own. That’s when the relationship is working. When it’s not working, it can destroy you.” "

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