There are times when friction between two spouses or an unmarried couple can be so intense that the only wise, mature choice is a separation. When two people truly want to work out their differences but can’t, my clients and I call this type of separation an intermission.
Sometimes a couple can return for act two, but there are other times when returning only results in continued rage. Here are the types of relationships where an intermission will notwork, at least without a great deal of work and a strong desire to salvage the relationship:
- One partner is not ready for a commitment and longs for time to experience other relationships.
- One partner is so tied to a parent(s) that a partner or potential partner’s desires cannot be shown respect, and a mature discussion is unable to occur.
- In second marriages, children from a first marraige or relationship are allowed to disrespect one’s present partner.
- Addictions of various sorts rule a partner’s life.
- A partner still has a serious longing for a former partner.
- A partner has enormous rage toward parents or a previous partner.
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