Duck's model

Duck's model

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  • Ducks Model of Relationship Breakdown
  • Intra-psyhic Stage (brooding)
  • I can't stand this anymore...
  • Dyadic Stage (confrontation)
  • You're being up ridiculous, you need to grow up!!!
  • I am grown up, you grow up!!!!
  • Social Stage (gossiping)
  • then she told me to grow up!?!?
  • Its alright bro, we've got your back. 
  • One person becomes dissatisfied and weighs up the pros and cons, evaluate these against the alternatives. Think about the reasons for their unhappiness, focusing mostly on their partners shortcomings. they start to make plans for the future. 
  • Grave dressing Stage (moving on)
  • The dissatisfaction is now shared with their partner. Is a series of confrontations and dissatisfactions are aired. There could be two outcomes: determination to continue breaking up or desire to repair relationship. 
  • The break up is now public. Partners seek support from others outside the relationships. Friends react differently: some provide reassurance, some are judgmental and blame one person or the other, some push the relationship towards its end by providing new information, others try to help repai the relationship. 
  • When the relationship is over individuals need to come to terms with it. Partners create a story that enables them to maintain their reputation. They may 're-write history' to try to lessen feelings of loss. 
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