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The Use of Metaphor in Counseling Couples
Rebecca L. Withrow
Throughout history, humans in every culture have partnered in some form or another to coordinate the tasks of bearing and rearing children (Kenrick & Trost, 1997), making marriage one of the most common human interactions (Gottman, 1994). Marriage has taken a variety of forms, and fulfilled a variety of needs, from individual and familial to communal. The manifestations of this very common human experience are diverse, and cultures have always maintained and promoted culture-specific norms, expectations, and beliefs about marriage.