Whether your relationship has been consistent, or it has faced it’s share of breakups, it is important to participate in relational management in order to keep communication and goals in an arm’s reach. It has been reported that couples who do not participate in this, whether they have faced intermittent separations or not, will end up having higher levels of negative outcomes in the future. Many partners find themselves going back and forth to the same partner due to feeling still lingering once the separation has occurred. Proper relational management can help deal with this emotions in a positive manner.
- Couples that are in a cyclical pattern of breaking up and reuniting usually do so because of their internal relational dynamics such as commitment issues and overall relationship satisfaction.
- Intermittent couples tend to be less cooperative, less patient, and even less polite, especially with their partners.
- According to a recent Daley study, on-again/off-again couples tend to have more uncertainty and ambivalence about their relationships.
“Accordingly, these relationships actually stop and restart, based on the (often temporary) dissatisfaction of one or both partners.”