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Life Wire provides original and syndicated lifestyle content to Web publishers.Celeste Perron is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist who covers health, psychology and lifestyle trends.(Life Wire) -- When Lynn Houston was 27, she met an affectionate young man during a business trip to Virginia.Although she lived in Arizona, the two began dating; they married six months later.Make sure your relationship has room for give and take." • Talk about life issues.
"I think there could be some truth in the idea that I'm working through my history in my marriage." Breaking the chain Despite evidence that suggests some of us are attracted to mates who resemble our parents, it's not a foregone conclusion, says therapist Barbara Swenson, director of the Couple Center in Sherman Oaks, California.Although Houston's and Wobschall's marriages couldn't have been more different, both women chose partners who resembled a parent.And, say experts, their experiences aren't that unusual.Both men are "really interested in politics and the stock market, and they agree on everything," she says."Also, when I'm upset about something, they'll always help me put it in perspective." Both share the name Mike, and they even look alike.
"This is most common if you felt rejected or abandoned by a parent and still haven't worked through it," says Stephen Treat, director of the Council for Relationships, a Philadelphia nonprofit.