Is Divorce Contagious? How You Can Beat the Bug

"When you have somebody very close to you go through a situation in their lives -- good or bad -- for a lot of us, it always brings out a time of self-reflection," Maples said. "My sister's my best friend. So to know that she made it through definitely helped me realize that it wasn't something I couldn't handle."

Web-Extra Tips

Terry Real appeared on "Good Morning America" today to discuss the idea of contagious divorce, and he offered some tips for what couples can do if they feel their relationship has been threatened by the divorce of a friend or family member.

Talk About It. Don't hold your fears in. Talk to your spouse about your insecurity.

Ask For Reassurance. Simply and directly tell your partner you're nervous and ask for his or her support.

Seize the Opportunity and Evaluate. Instead of running from the threat you may feel at this moment, take stock of your relationship. What's working well? What isn't? What are your relationship's strengths and weaknesses? Now is the time to take out whatever you've swept under the rug and take a good honest look .

Seize the Opportunity and Take Action. Talk to your partner about how the two of you might make the relationship work better. Perhaps the issue you've been neglecting is sex, or parenting as a team, or help with your in-laws. Use this shake-up as an opportunity to commit to strengthening your relationship by dealing with weak or conflicting areas that you've been shy to address.

Know When to Get Help. It may be that you have backed away from facing an issue because you've tried over and over again and gotten nowhere. That's generally an indication that you need help. Don't be shy about reaching out to a trained professional to unblock the channel of communication.

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