Six months is a break up, not a break, the experts say.
Anything from one week to a month should be enough time for one or both parties to determine whether they should stay together.“You may decide halfway through the agreed upon time that you want to be with that person, but you should respect the time frame,” Edwards says.
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The last time I took a bonafide break from dating, I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship with a man I loved dearly.
“If there’s a flicker of possibility for you and your partner, you don’t want to muddy that by involving someone else.”Self-help books list timing as one of the most important factors in finding love, but Edwards thinks the “wrong time” is the wrong reason for taking a break.“If someone says that the timing is off, that doesn’t warrant a break; it calls for taking things slow.”She says slowing down a new relationship that’s getting intense decreases the fear response.“The right person triggers fear in you way more than if it’s the wrong person,” she says.