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Working on Long-Term Relationships

Breaking Up

In the case of a possible break up, there are things that can be done by the partners individually, as well as together to work on the relationship.

On an individual basis, one can:

  • Look down on, avoid and ignore other potential romantic partners, in their thoughts as well as in the real world.
  • Focus and idealize the qualities of the partner, as well as the ‘specialness’ of the relationship.
  • Instead of adding ‘fuel to the fire’ by criticizing negative behavior, try to interpret it actions in a positive, empathetic and optimistic way, believing in his or her capacity to change and improve as a person.


A couple can work together on:

  • Conflict management: finding a middle ground between the needs, perceptions of each person. Being able to put a stop to an argument by ‘agreeing to disagreeing’ or apologizing to one another when things have gone too far.
  • Forgiving one another, while respecting a certain threshold (too much forgiveness can negatively impact mental health).
  • Sacrificing and letting go of certain things for the sake of the relationship.
  • Taking care of and helping one another, encouraging interdependence.
  • Relieve one another from the stresses of life, providing unconditional emotional support.


Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Biological psychology, Counselling psychology and CBT and NLP. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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