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Assembling Ikea Furniture is Now a Tool in Couples Therapy

It's often joked that Ikea's labyrinthine stores and hard-to-assemble furniture can ruin relationships (see: Tina Fey and James Marsden's Ikea-induced fight on 30 Rock). But according to a new Wall Street Journal report, the struggles of tackling Ikea as a couple are so real that at least one psychologist started using the retailer's furniture as a tool for improving couples' communication. According to Santa Monica-based clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, Ikea stores have become "a map of a relationship nightmare," with the kitchen section stirring arguments about who shoulders more of the cooking, the children's section opening a whole different can of worms, and so on.

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