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How do you know when a relationship has run it's race.

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This isn't specific to myself it's just something I've always wondered.

What were some signs yous detected when a relationship had run its course and a change was needed?

Physical signs? Emotional? Or just basically wanting a new challenge and to reinvent oneself.
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  • Primrose
    Primrose Posts: 10,626 Forumite
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    When either you or the other party are no longer fully engaging.
    When seeing the other person no longer gives your heart a pleasant bounce.
    When you no longer have anything in common or no longer make any effort to be pleasant with each other.
    When you or the other person are continually distant with each other, don't laugh together and feel bored in each other's company.
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    When the only happy times left are memories
  • unholyangel
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    Personally I'd say a relationship is over as soon as one of them is no longer willing to try.

    Thats not to say the breakdown is their fault - as sometimes the reason people give up trying to solve relationship issues is because they've tried half a dozen times before and it had no effect, nothing changed therefore they start to view communicating as pointless.
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  • System
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    Interesting to hear people's opinions. Hard for long term relationships not to get so comfortable parties stop trying or want to do different things like meeting friends than other half
  • lincroft1710
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    When you come home and find them in bed with someone else.
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  • chesky
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    When the thought of seeing them later that evening fills you with dread and makes you want to stay at work.
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    When every day is misery, when you loathe the very sight of them. When you have tried every avenue to make it work....

    Boredom is no excuse.
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    When the new gf dumps the old gf via text on behalf of the bf. Classy!!!
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    when the love is still there but the partnership doesn't work. You have tried and tried and tried but the fundamentals of what each person is willing to accept is different and you find that each persons compromise position is still outside of what the other will accept. The only option then is to part ways. hardest decision I have ever been involved in.
  • Tabbytabitha
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    Personally I'd say a relationship is over as soon as one of them is no longer willing to try.

    Thats not to say the breakdown is their fault - as sometimes the reason people give up trying to solve relationship issues is because they've tried half a dozen times before and it had no effect, nothing changed therefore they start to view communicating as pointless.

    If you're not married and don't have children, I'd finish a relationship if you needed to try or to make an effort. That's the joy of an uncommitted relationship, you can just walk away.
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