Ducks Model of Relationship Breakdown- Stages

Ducks Model of Relationship Breakdown- Stages

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  • I'm not happy anymore, someone else could make me so much happier- all I do is argue with him.
  • We need to talk, this isn't working anymore...
  • What do you mean, I thought we were doing okay... 
  • Franko- she spent all your money anyway Dave- But she did buy you COD Harry- There's plenty of other girls out there mate Franko- Well at least you can come out with us now, no leash anymore
  • HIS
  • Megs- he was a waste of time anyways babe! You can do so much better! Katie- I heard that he's already planning to go out with other girls so don't waste your time on him! Jas- but he was really thoughtful when it came to the anniversaries.
  • HERS
  • STAGE ONE: Intra-Psychic Stage THRESHOLD: 'I can't stand this anymore'- something has to change An individual becomes dissatisfied and weighs up the pro's and con's, evaluate these against the alternatives. They think about the reasons for their unhappiness, focusing on their partners faults, in turn making plans for the future.
  • Well, I wasn't really into him anyways, there wasn't anything serious going on...
  • She wasn't my type to be honest, she was just there for a bit of fun!
  • STAGE TWO- DYADIC STAGE THRESHOLD: 'I would be happier if I left it'- coming to a conclusion The individual confronts their partner and shares their dissatisfaction. It is a series of confrontations and has two possible outcomes: break up or repair the relationship.
  • STAGE THREE: SOCIAL STAGE THRESHOLD: 'I really mean it'- the dissatisfied partner concludes what is going to happen. The break-up is now PUBLIC. Each of the partners seek support from others outside of the relationship. Friends act differently: some offer reassurance, judgemental or blame the other person. Other's push the relationship by providing new information.
  • STAGE FOUR- GRAVE DRESSING STAGE THRESHOLD: 'It's time to move on. I never liked him anyway' When the relationship ends, both of the partners need to come to terms with it. The individual partners create their own story that enables them to maintain their relationship- they may 're-write history' to try to lessen feelings of loss.
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