Re­la­tion­ship Break vs Sep­a­ra­tion

Women's Health (South Africa) - - DISCUSS! -

When David Sch­wim­mer an­nounced that he and his wife were tak­ing a “re­la­tion­ship break,” we won­dered: what does that even mean? You know, be­sides be­ing a pit stop on the way to Splitsville? Sex ex­pert and mar­riage ther­a­pist Dr Jane Greer sheds some light.

IT’S RE­ALLY JUST A BREAK IF...

Your in­ten­tion is to re­pair your bond. Whether you’ll see other peo­ple, how of­ten you’ll con­tact each other and how long it should last (three months is good; any more and you’re waf­fling) should also be de­cided upon to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ing.

IT’S A STEP TO­WARD SEP­A­RA­TION IF...

You can’t com­pro­mise on big is­sues and you’ve ac­knowl­edged that you might dis­solve the re­la­tion­ship. You’ve sought guid­ance from a ther­a­pist on whether you should part and, if so, how to move on in a healthy way.

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