State of the Union meeting

rocknrollelena

Senior Member
Italy, Italian
Ciao a tutti.
Ho trovato questa espressione (metaforica) in un testo americano di psicologia sulle relazioni in crisi, terapia di coppia, ecc. Il termine compare moltissime volte in frasi diverse, qui ne prendo una a esempio.

"I often recommend couples increase their mutual respect and appreciation by having a regular “State of the Union” meeting. (...) When you have a regular chance to talk about what’s going on in the relationship, problems, resentment and frustration don’t get a chance to build."

Facendo ricerche su internet ho capito che, in momenti di conflitto o crisi, i leader degli USA fanno uno "State of the Union Message", cioè un discorso in cui, immagino, si parla dello stato delle cose, dei problemi, ecc. (Is that right?)

Il mio problema è tradurlo in un modo conciso, con un termine che si adatti a essere inserito all'interno di frasi lunghe, ma che renda.
Non mi viene nulla di meglio che "Riunione di Coppia" o "Riunione per discutere dello stato della relazione" (che però in molti casi è troppo lungo).

Qualcuno mi può confermare che ho capito bene il senso? E qualcuno ha idee migliori delle mie? Grazie.
 
  • joanvillafane

    Senior Member
    U.S. English
    Hi rnrelena! (do you mind if I call you that?) ;)
    The "State of the Union" message is an annual report by the President to Congress (or a Governor to the State legislature), not only in "momenti di conflitto o crisi." It's a requirement of the job - to report on the status of the government. So in this case, it's recommended in the same way for couples. Not sure about the translation, though.
     

    MR1492

    Senior Member
    English -USA
    Elena,

    Perhaps I can assist. We define marriage as a "union of two people." Hence the pschologist's use of the phrase "State of the Union". He is saying the couple must get together and discuss how well or badly (the state) the marriage (the union) is going!

    The President's State of the Union speech is an action by the President required by the US Constitution. The address fulfills rules in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, requiring the President to periodically give Congress information on the "state of the union" and recommend any measures that he believes are necessary and expedient. For many years, it was presented in writing only but since it now permits the President to command the radio and TV airwaves, it is now presented before a Joint Session (that is the House of Representatives and The Senate) of Congress.

    Phil

    EDIT: Crosspost with JVF! Sorry!
     
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