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Editor's Note

July/August 2015
At this moment in history, we seem to be in a divorce-busting mode, relatively speaking, and so fewer therapists are likely to tacitly encourage divorce as many of us once did. This shift certainly has the weight of traditional morality behind it and probably isn’t likely to begin swinging the other way again any time soon. But this issue of the Networker features some intrepid authors who explore, with an unusual degree of transparency, how difficult it can be to determine what’s in the best interests of clients on the brink of making perhaps the most momentous decision for which therapists regularly have a front-row seat. It’s intended as a reminder of how powerfully we can influence the process, all too often without acknowledging it, even if we don’t have the deciding vote.
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Point of View

Reinventing Couplehood: Intimacy and Commitment in the Age of Consumer Marriage

January/February 2015
Esther Perel, a couples therapist whose TED talk has had more than 5 million views, believes that it’s time to challenge the mismatch between the romantic ideal and the changing realities of contemporary life.

Case Study

Women Who Cheat: Understanding the Message of the Affair

May/June 2013
Far from being evidence of marital bankruptcy, a woman’s affair can be a way of expressing a desire for a different self and an opportunity to breathe life into a suffocating relationship.

Case Study

Sex, Lies, and the Long Road Back: Recovering from an Extramarital Affair

March/April 2013
Healing from an extramarital affair is rarely a simple process, especially when embarrassing sexual secrets and incompatibilities are exposed.

Removing The Masks

Let’s Stop Wasting Time

November/December 2011

Conventional therapeutic wisdom aside, people typically don’t hurt each other because they’re out of touch, unable to communicate, or can’t help themselves. All too frequently, they do hurtful things with impunity and entitlement simply to gratify their own needs.

The Relationship Revolution

The Internet as a New Way of Life

September/October 2010
The internet may seem like a 21st-century nightmare version of the worst excesses of the marketplace. But it's creating new possibilities for connection and conversation that are transforming our very notions of human relationship

Case Study

Addicted to Sex: There are no shortcuts in treating SA

March/April 2010
Effective work with sex addicts must address deep-seated attachment wounds.

The New Monogamy

How Far Should We Go?

July/August 2010
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.

After the Storm

The Affair In Retrospect

July/August 2010
As therapists, we have an unquenchable desire to find happy ending for troubled clients, especially those weathering the crisis of infidelity. But what happens months or years later to those couples once our work with has concluded.

Out of the Shadow

What's the Prevalence of Porn Doing to Our Psyches?

November/December 2009
A revolution in how people access and use pornography has taken the therapy community by surprise. Now some experts believe that an epidemic of porn use is society's newest and most challenging mental health problems.
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