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Kiss of Life

that feeling when you hear yourself using the same agitated tone with your romantic partner that you used with your little brother as a kid. Or when a week goes by and you realize your only physical contact has been the kind of sanitary pecks you exchange with your in-laws.

We’re calling it “familialization”—the phenomenon of significant others starting to see themselves as relatives rather than as a couple—and it’s one of the biggest problems that sex and relationships counselors encounter in their practices, says therapist Ian Kerner, Ph.D., author of She Comes First. Even Pink recently revealed that she and her husband had not had sex in a year.

It starts with a slow creep. The beginning of a relationship means the

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