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Conscious Uncoupling

By Karen Stewart


I am not sure exactly what this means however, Gweneth Paltrow has used this term to capture the ending of her marriage. Recent posts on Huffington suggest that this term has been used throughout history in different contexts to suggest a mutual parting of the ways. While I do not mind the look and feel of these words, I wonder if this is not another way to camouflage the heartache of a sad, difficult ending. There is a fine line between putting forward a brave face and denial. If conscious uncoupling is the result of a number of years of mutual support concluding that parting ways are in their soul evolution’s best interest then great. If, on the other hand, it is just a way of putting off deep introspection and avoiding the hard work of making a marriage great regardless of the obstacles of life — then I say that conscious uncoupling is another term for giving up.