In a recent interview, Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake Harper in the wildly popular television show Two And A Half Men, called the show "filth" and encouraged people to stop watching it. And while he has since apologized for using the word "filth," I agree with Jones to the extent that his show portrays a family whose members share a common inability to maintain coupled relationships.
By failing to show the consequences of the characters' endless promiscuity, e.g. loneliness and shame, the program dishonestly glorifies their lifestyle. And while I realize that Two And A Half Men relies on its comedy and dark humor for ratings (it's the most popular TV show in recent history, remaining in the top 1-3 spots since 2003), and that if the show featured healthy relationships, it likely would not have gotten on the air, still, the comedy and dark humor used give the impression that having sex with someone is the ultimate goal for a relationship.
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As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, I believe Two And A Half Men has a huge cultural imact on the public. While some people prefer having sex with no emotional attachment, many others would like to be emotionally connected but just don't know how or may not even know there is something missing. If healthy relationships were not modeled to you when you were a child, you could be missing out on the benefits of a mutually satisfying, loving relationship.
What does a mutually satisfying loving relationship look like?
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1. You support each other through the storms of life. The worst thing you can do when challenges happen in your life is to take your frustration out on your partner. In healthy mutually satisfying relationships, partners will turn to each other for support during these rough times.
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