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Are you emotionally divorced? Watch out for these 5 key signs

Jan 30, 2024 01:44 PM IST

Are you feeling disconnected from your emotions and those around you? Let's uncover five key indicators that suggest you might be emotionally divorced.

Marriages don't suddenly fall apart. Although many divorces seem to happen suddenly, they usually develop gradually. And although the left-behind spouse often expresses astonishment, this is a sign of pain and anxiety. The likelihood of a marriage ending increases significantly when a couple hits a wall and cannot resolve their differences. However, emotional divorce can happen even before that, with every cruel remark that isn't apologised for or every argument that isn't settled. Acknowledging emotional separation in yourself is an essential first step to improving your own wellbeing and your relationships. By understanding and recognising these indicators, you can take the first step towards emotional contentment and reconnecting with yourself and your partner. (Also read: 3 types of trust in a relationship we should know about )

What is emotional divorce?

Emotional disconnection can subtly creep into our lives, impacting relationships in profound ways.(Pixabay)

"Emotional divorce is when a couple experiences a significant disconnection and detachment on an emotional level. You feel more like roommates than lovers and experience a lack of both emotional and physical intimacy. This can lead to a profound sense of loneliness, isolation, and dissatisfaction, " says Amanda Twiggs, Marriage Coach shared in her recent Instagram post.

Signs of emotional divorce

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Amanda further shared five signs that you are emotionally divorced.

1. Lack of emotional connection

• You feel a significant emotional disconnect from your partner.

• Conversations are superficial, lacking depth and genuine emotional sharing.

• Shared moments don't evoke the same emotional response they once did.

2. Persistent feelings of loneliness

• Despite being in a relationship, you frequently feel alone and isolated.

• Your partner's presence doesn't alleviate feelings of loneliness.

• The emotional support you crave is absent, leaving you with a sense of abandonment.

3. Separate lives, shared space

• You and your partner have distinct, separate lives with minimal overlap.

• Daily activities, interests, and goals are pursued individually, leading to a lack of shared experiences.

• Your home feels more like cohabitation than a shared, intimate space.

4. Communication breakdown

• Meaningful communication has dwindled, and important topics are avoided.

• Conversations often turn into arguments, and conflicts remain unresolved.

• There's a noticeable decline in open and honest dialogue.

5. Diminished physical intimacy

• Physical affection, including hugs, kisses, and intimate moments, has significantly decreased.

• Sex becomes infrequent, and when it does happen, it lacks emotional connection.

• The warmth and closeness that physical intimacy once provided are noticeably absent.

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