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Ask Dr. Tseday: March 3, 2009

RJ from Buffalo, NY asks: My girlfriend is getting married in May. I asked my husband if he wants to go, and he said “no”. You talk about marital obligation in your seminars and articles. Does this fit in there somehow? I just want to be clear before getting mad at him.

Dr. Tseday responds: Attending a wedding is not a marital obligation. He can join you if he wishes, but he is not obligated to go. Your husband is obligated to provide those things you cannot do for yourself, or things that require his participation and involvement. (i.e., emotional support, intellectual connection, intimacy). That’s it.

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Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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