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The New Monogamy

Can We Have Our Cake and Eat it Too?


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The New Monogamy

How Far Should We Go?

Tammy Nelson • Whether we like it or not, today's couples feel far less encumbered by the legal, social, and moral strictures of traditional marriage and its obligations. Increasing numbers are negotiating what they mean by "fidelity" and how they wish to define monogamy in their relationship.


Foreign Affairs

Infidelity Has Different Meanings in Different Cultures

Michele Scheinkman • A popular bit of French folk wisdom says, "It's not good to speak all truths." People in many countries around the world would agree, and regard with horror the way the American therapists approach the question of infidelity.


After the Storm

The Affair in Retrospect

Esther Perel • As therapists, we have an unquenchable desire to find happy endings for troubled clients, especially those weathering the crisis of infidelity. But what happens months or years later to those couples once our work with them has concluded?


Hope in the Ruins

Helping the Survivors of the Haitian Earthquake

Laurie Leitch • A disaster-tested therapist, who's worked with the survivors of the Thai tsunami, the Sichuan earthquake, and the Rwanda genocide, offers an on-the-scene report from Haiti in the wake of its recent, unimaginably devastating earthquake.


Seeking the Silence

Wilderness Solitude Opens New Doorways into the Self

Dick Anderson • At an age when many are sticking ever closer to their couches and remote controls, a restless soul decides to seize his last chance to explore the wilderness alone.