Is “taking a break” ever a good idea? It can be productive, according to Kristin Davin , a New York City-based psychologist, but the pair must be upfront about what calling a timeout on their relationship really means. Below, Davin and other couples therapists share their advice for a productive and successful break, whether that means reuniting and becoming stronger as a couple or deciding to split. Before bringing it up with your S. Perhaps you’re still deeply invested in your relationship and see the value of being together. But if you’re leaning toward taking a break because you need relief from constant conflict and arguments, ask yourself if the measure is even worth it, said Carin Goldstein , a marriage and family therapist based in Sherman Oaks, California. Too often, couples take a break but never talk about how it will play out in real, concrete terms, Davin said. What is the purpose of taking a break? Will we be staying in contact, dating other people, working on ourselves and thinking about getting back together? You don’t want to hear about a Tinder date your partner went on from a friend.
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