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ERIC Number: ED101261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 25
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Sufficiency, Intimacy and the Good Life.
Taylor, Donald L.
Our capacity to provide food and shelter is freeing us from the constant burden of keeping the wolf away from the door. We are increasingly able to give our attention to other values. This type of sufficiency provides time and circumstances for developing intimate relationships. Intimate relationships are characterized by revelation of one's innermost thoughts and feelings as well as one's physical body. The development of intimate relationships is creating new kinds of problems. For example, the shock caused be expressing previously unstated feelings to a spouse may lead to separation. The unexpected but honest answers of children create conflict between generations. Intimacy also provides opportunities for new kinds of experiences which can intensify and deepen relationships. Counselors and educators need to adjust their concerns and assumptions to the reality of the new sufficiency. Sacrifice and thankfulness, traditional virtues, are becoming obsolescent in family decisions whereas contentment and joy are being adopted as realistic goals. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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