Dr. Robin and the Widlunds

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Cameras set up in the Widlunds home capture the tension between Mark and Marnie. Fighting, yelling, and even swearing about money is a troubling part of their daily routine.

"As much as we care about each other and love each other, we've gotten to a point where we have pulled into complete different directions, and either avoid conflict or fight to be right," Marnie says.

When Dr. Robin asks them, "Do you want to be right or do you want to be in a marriage?" Mark and Marnie both say they want to patch things up. Dr. Robin wants the Widlunds to understand that the source of their conflict isn't about money—it's in their marriage—and it's dangerous.

"[You're] not being very respectful of each other as husband and wife," Dr. Robin tells them. "It is another form—and I really want you to hear this word—of neglect, and can become abusive. It is neglectful of you with your children and with your union, meaning your marriage."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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