All tagged Myth vs Reality
When I was originally titling this series I thought about calling it “The Danger of Romantic Delusions”. That title however was a bit off putting and the objective of a blog posts title is to get people to read the post.
My reluctance to use that title doesn't change the fact that the root cause of unrealistic romantic expectations is delusion. In fact romance itself is connected with an idealized, subjective, anti-rational and even delusional view of the world and sexual dynamics.
In the past our cultural understanding of love, romance and relationships was tightly governed by our family, society, law and the church. Everyone knew their roles and generally what to expect from marriage.
The 20th century saw the near total destruction of the roots and pillars of western society. We lost our clear understanding of the sexual market and received a fraudulent promise of happiness through sexual liberation, feminism and radical individualism. The result has been mass confusion and increasingly unrealistic expectations about relationships.