If Your Partner Is Doing This, They’re About to Break Up With You
1. A partner loses interest in his or her significant other.
A partner loses interest in his or her significant other.
2. The disinterested partner starts to notice other dating options.
Being attracted to someone other than your partner can be totally normal, but viewing them as a potential dating partner means things have escalated in a less healthy direction.
3. The disinterested partner begins to withdraw from the
Whether the withdrawal is emotional or physical, this isn’t a good sign. But there’s still time to resolve things by talking it out and really hearing your partner’s concerns.
4. The partners try to work things out.
This resolution stage is an honest attempt at getting things back on track. Unfortunately, it often comes with a heightened sense of scrutiny for whether things are working.
5. The partners spend less time together
Spending less time together when the relationship is strained could mean one of two things: that you need a break in order to return to a healthier dynamic, or that you are drifting irreversibly apart.
6. The partners try to work things out again.
Many couples find that all that openness and transparency is exactly the kick in the pants the relationship needed. Some people go off script here, and manage to reconnect while rebuilding their relationship better than before. Others continue on to step 10 and beyond.
7. The couple breaks up.
Finally, the relationship reaches an end. You’ve tried everything, it seems, but it’s just not working. All you can do now is try to see eye to eye about the reasons for the breakup and give yourselves the closure you need to heal. This is a tough time, but know that so many people have gone through this same exact process, and know your pain.