Couples-Therapy For Partisan Politics
I read an article from the Guardian.UK today, titled “All relationships begin with fantasy;” why young couples are seeking therapy. It was an interesting take on how therapists are seeing a rise in clients under 30, signaling a shift to a ‘maintenance rather than crisis’ view of the practice.
Two things stuck in my mind as I read further; one, that those under thirty, at least in America, are touted as our last hope in saving democracy. I wobble a bit on last hopes, but the second thought was why not bring the committed left and dedicated right on stage at one time for intervention therapy?
If all relationships begin with fantasy, isn’t a commitment to politics a relationship?
And, taking that political relationship a step further, isn’t it begun with the fantasy of a dreamland on both sides? To paraphrase the first part of the article;
Irene Republican, 28, and Dillon Democrat, 24, hadn’t been together a year when they first started couples therapy. The couple, from Los Angeles, started…