chapter  7
Protecting the Play Zone: Dating in Captivity
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It has almost become a cliché for marriage therapists and educators to suggest that couples need to continue to go out on dates aer the wedding. On the other hand, clichés exist for a reason. Markman et al. (2010) found the average couple only goes out on a date about once almost every 2 months. We see this as an indication that most couples are not having a satisfactory amount of fun together. Many therapists have discovered that when it is suggested to couples that they need to have “date night” or some other similar activity on a weekly basis, the typical response is that the couple sighs, shakes their heads, and rolls their eyes. e couple sees the suggestion as one more chore in an overburdened life.