Beware Of Asking For Marriage Advice From Close Friends

All marriages have rough spots where things aren’t working as well as they could. For the most part this is pretty normal to have ups and downs. It’s also not usual to talk about things with an outside person to gain perspective on what’s going on in the relationship.
However in the downs be careful about who you confide in about your marriage. If you share things with a female friend, that can turn into a bridge towards an emotional entanglement that diverts energy away from the marriage. Odds are you’re not actually going to share this stuff with an unattractive female friend that you have no passing interest in, right…
…yeah I thought so.
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Comments

  1. Jenna says:

    "If you share things with a female friend, that can turn into a bridge towards an emotional entanglement that diverts energy away from the marriage. " This idea makes me uncomfortable. On some level, any friendship forms an emotional attachment that diverts some energy away from a marriage. As wonderful as marriage may be, friendships are important too- though it makes sense to keep marriage issues inside the marriage.

  2. Athol Kay says:

    Trust me on this one Jenna, emotional affairs can wreck a marriage just as physical affairs can. They can creep up on you too.

  3. Jake P says:

    Interesting. It would never even occur to me to discuss a rough spot in my relationship with anyone. Which is surely not to say that we don't ever *have* rough spots, just that I address them directly (or internalize/ignore if I can see it's a blip). Coming up on our 17th anniversary on July 16.

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