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Kurt & Blaine, Glee
LA Shrinks’ cognitive therapist Dr. Greg Cason (inset) characterizes the off-again high school sweethearts — a.k.a. EW.com readers’ pick for Greatest TV Couple of All Time — as being in a relationship phase ”when romance ideal turns to relationship reality.” He continues, ”They’re the beginning of an idealistic relationship where neither of them has experience and so they have all those ideas of what relationships can and should be…. They have a lot of rocky roads ahead but they can really succeed if they just face the reality of what relationships really are and don’t hang on to the ideal.”
”At the beginning of a relationship, most couples are not very dysfunctional,” according to Dr. Cason. ”They don’t usually show their dysfunction until they move in together and then maybe have a kid and then the real dysfunction comes out.” He admits, ”My problem with Kurt and Blaine is their age — simply that people who are young often have a lot of growing up still to do. [Right now,] all they see is future promise and hope, so they could get married and stay together — many couples do — they just have to again get out of that romance idealism and get into the reality of what relationships are. By them weathering [Kurt’s] texts to another guy and living apart and Blaine sleeping with somebody else, all of that does start to move into reality.”
Doctor’s orders? ”I would suggest pre-marital counseling for them. If they want to move forward in their relationship, they want to be able to establish ground rules that aren’t based on what society wants but on what they as a couple want…if they stay having very realistic views, they can hold on for the long haul.”
Image Credit: Mark Yarish/FOX; Tommy Garcia/Bravo
April 22 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT
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