Two people can live together with little meaningful, intimate contact, separated by walls of silence

If we are honest, we can feel isolated in the middle of a crowd. Even in the midst of a sea of family and acquaintances, we can feel intensely alone. We can even feel alone in a marriage or partnership—and sometimes most poignantly so. Two people can live together with little meaningful, intimate contact, separated by walls of silence or denial of honest feelings. Depression and addiction mute painful feelings that lurk beneath the surface. Posturing in routines and roles replaces authentic living. All too often, couples have children and use them to fill in the gaps of emptiness that are too hard to face.

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