It’s not easy to give up the idea of a perfect world. We want to think of our parents as being perfect, we search for perfect relationships, and perfect solutions to our problems. It is indeed a constant struggle to separate the real from the ideal, to see in our imperfection an essential element of our humanness. We can all remember the most beloved children’s stories that always seemed to end with the prince, in all his perfection and heroic, romantic splendor, galloping off with the heroine with her virtually flawless characteristics, united for all time in their perfect love. A currently popular theory holds that from these fantasies, an indelible impression is formed of true love and happily-ever-aftering … one that persists into the realities of the adult world.