Start Dilbert on dating and marriage

Dilbert on dating and marriage

His husband, let’s call him Steve, was upset by what he considered infidelity, and they had a big fight.

The rules for psychotherapy are a lot like the rules for Aaron Burr: talk less, smile more, don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.

This last principle is generally known as “therapeutic neutrality”, and it demands that we not take sides in our patients’ disputes or dilemmas.

Steve gave the following countercounterargument: okay, this is all very sad, but now we are stuck in this position, and clearly only one of the two people could get their preference satisfied, and given the whole marriage-implies-monogamy thing, it seemed pretty clear that that person should be him.

If they were in some ultra-permissive sexually-open subculture of the 2100s, there would also be no debate.

It seems like if you wrote in the same question to your local priest, they’d say the trans woman was being unreasonable.

I don’t think there’s any good way for Unit and the priest (or the woman and her family) to resolve their differences except by one convincing the other of their position on the object-level issue of transgender.

Another retreat in the other direction: suppose Adam wants to sometimes take a shower, but for some reason the thought of Adam being in a shower pisses Steve off and he refuses to allow it. The one Unit of Caring recently discussed on her blog.