As it happened with this young couple, isolation starts when husband and wife slowly drift apart in ways they may not recognize at first.
Signs include the following: Couples will present a happy facade, keeping house and playing at marriage while real needs go unmet.
After a brief honeymoon, they packed up their belongings and moved to a new city.
for loneliness, but I want to warn you: You began battling the dreaded foe of isolation as soon as you drove off on your honeymoon.
Isolation has reached epidemic proportions in the most intimate of human relationships.
Although they seldom missed church, and no one who knew them would have guessed it, isolation had firmly entrenched itself in their marriage.
Had this couple not attended a Family Life Weekend to Remember® getaway, their marriage might have continued its spiral farther into isolation and, ultimately, divorce.
May I recommend three important choices you need to make?
: Resolve never to go to bed angry with each other.
Barbara and I feel its dividing tug in our relationship when we have disagreements and misunderstandings.
Our busyness repeatedly invites its presence into our marriage.
She felt alone and apprehensive about their new life together; he felt puzzled that their conversation had dried up so quickly. She took a demanding job, and he was promoted in his. Later, when she returned to her job, she adjusted her hours to maximize her time with the baby. Their marriage wore down under the draining influence of isolation. He would quickly deny it or say, "When this phase in our lives passes, things will get better." Because their frequent spats became increasingly painful, each retreated and learned to feel safe that way.