Many couples choose therapy because they want to strengthen a relationship that is already moving forward. Still others find therapy when it is almost too late. Regardless of what state their marriage is in, couples do come in. And the fact that both partners make an effort to choose a therapist, locate the office and find the courage to walk in and sit down shows some level of motivation and an interest in change. This potential for change, no matter how small or tenuous, is an important element in bringing a marriage back to life.
Therapy primarily focuses on either the intellectual identification of problems, the underlying emotional disconnect between the couple, or both. Some couples need more help at the cognitive, problem-solving level, while others need to focus on emotional connection through effective communication and emotional self-management skills. Most couples need help with both of these tasks.
In Marriage is a Business, both the intellectual and emotional levels of a relationship are discussed. This book is different, though, in that it uses a model somewhat outside the realm of psychology to define a structure and foundation for marriage that is often seen in the business world. In fact, the approach in Marriage is a Business asks you to view your marriage as a working business. Your rational thinking is used to create a foundation for your relationship based on a business plan to which you both agree.
When marriage is envisioned as a corporate entity, focus is placed on factors that have been proven to optimize growth and success.