By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.
Gwyneth Paltrow's recent announcement that she and husband Chris Martin are "consciously uncoupling" sparked a lot of scrutiny--and even more confusion. What does that phrase even mean? Are they really over? And isn't it just a nice way to say "divorce?" The answer is yes--and no. Although many family therapists and divorce mediators are unfamiliar with the term "conscious uncoupling," they agree that the concept is one that more couples are adopting as they try to untangle their lives together, and that it can be the best way to approach a looming divorce. Here, the five things you need to know about the phrase.
1. Technically, it's a "good divorce"… and they do exist. Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., professor emirita at the University of Southern California and author of The Good Divorce, who coined the term in 1990, says that in the 25 years since she's written her book, she's seen an increasing number ofRead More »from Gwyneth and Chris's Divorce Begs the Question, What the Heck is "Conscious Uncoupling?"