Relationship Loss as a Passage to New Life

Break-up or divorce doesn’t have to result in negative consequences like depression and social isolation. An ideal coping strategy should encourage those who have experienced a romantic relationship's end to purposefully focus on the positive aspects of their experience while simultaneously containing the negative emotions. Exploring positive outcomes in the context of otherwise negative events follows from a growing body of literature based in positive psychology that examines the positive elements of experience that promote growth and personal prosperity (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000 as cited in Lewandowski, G. 2009).

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