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At that time families were very much a part of the whole courtship ritual, thus enabling a couple to steer clear of the hormonal pitfalls (I Kissed Dating Goodbye, 1997, p. Never before in American history have lifestyles and sexual attitudes changed at such a rapid rate.Thanks to the permissive era beginning with the 1960s, we now live in a sex-saturated society devoid of the deep love and commitment that once made marriages and families stronger and more stable.
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If we want to have strong families that emerge from wise selections… If we continue telling single persons that sexual intimacy is healthy at whatever stage of their relationship, they will continue getting married for all the wrong reasons” (Finding the Love of Your Life, 1992, pp. The old adage, “The apple does not fall far from the tree,” certainly applies here. [however], first it is necessary to study yourself.
Before we can understand and fulfill someone else’s needs, we must first have clearly defined who and what we are. If you don’t have yourself accurately portrayed, no way can you portray anyone else accurately, [and] the best way to do this is to take a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator () test” (David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates, Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types, 1978, pp. Here the authors are referring to our ability to successfully connect, communicate and get along with others different from ourselves.
The author talks about the importance of having (using) friends as a means of meeting “the one,” but doesn’t discuss the importance of developing a friendship with a potential mate (Sharyn Wolf, 1998, pp. This book was written from the viewpoint of “what can I get” (self-gratification) from the other person, rather than “what can I give” to enrich another person’s life.
In the Bible, wise King Solomon wrote, “A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs ).