WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN IN MENTAL HEALTH?
1-Friendships may demise due to less frequency of contact often due to geographical
location. They may also lapse if ‘rules’ of confidentiality, emotional and
psychological support, reward and jealousy are breached.
2-Intimate relationships may be
unable to withstand the amount of conflict that can arise. In unhappy
relationships minor comments can escalate into ever-increasing angry
There is a breakdown in
communication. Typical facilitators of
conflict are infidelity, alcohol, money and in-laws.
Response to breakdown might include depression, and it is usually the
one who does not wish to end the relationship that feels more depressed.
Sometimes a partner will incorporate a biased account of events into their
self-concept that enables them to
feel stronger. It may, however, be
damaging in the long term. Often men will try to preserve their self-esteem by
putting more energy into their work.
They do not, however, seem to express themselves emotionally to friends
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