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For the first journal entry this week, please apply the stages of breakup and relationship dissolution to a past relationship experience. Provide examples of how these stages applied in your own relationship.
Stage 1 Breakdown Phase: One partner indicates that there is a problem
Stage 2 Intrapsychic Phase: One partner has decided that the partner is the source of dissatisfaction.
Stage 3 Dyadic Phase: Couples discuss their dissatisfaction with the relationship.
Stage 4 Social Phase: Both partners have decided that the relationship can not be repaired.
Stage 5 Grave-Dressing Phase: Final decision is made that each partner move on with their lives.
Part 2: Bereavement:
Reflect on a bereavement experience. This loss can be a break-up, divorce, loss of a friendship, or death. Think about how you felt when you experienced the loss. Where were you? What would you tell the person today? You may write this as a regular journal entry or as a letter. Consider how you coped with this loss in your response.
Reflect on your experiences with diverse relationships and how your attitudes regarding them been shaped over time.
Also, include a final journal entry in which you reflect on the process of writing this journal this term (e.g., what have you learned about your romantic relationships?)