Your Relationship Has Hit a ‘rough Patch.’ Now What?

(CNN)You buy a sports car, start hitting the gym and have an affair: It's the stereotypical midlife crisis, one we've seen played out both onscreen and in real life. Although not everyone acts out middle-age angst in such a way, many of us do experience a reckoning or longing as we approach midlife, the feeling of hitting a wall and wondering if there isn't more to life — and in, particular, to marriage. I often see this phenomenon in my own practice, as one or both partners begin to question their relationship. Even in younger couples, disagreements over classic issues such as finances, parenthood and sex can lead to concerns that they may not be on the same page regarding many of life's greatest stressors and demands. In her new book, “The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together,” psychologist Daphne de Marneffe argues that it's often entirely possible for couples to weather these and other bumps in the road, coming out stronger on the other side. According to de Marneffe, it's not only common but natural for today's couples to experience rough patches. Continue reading…

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