The fifth stage is despair. Things will never get better, no matter what
you do or don’t do. It’s time to leave,
or set up a parallel existence. A lot of
older couples and couples who fear change set up a parallel existence, with
each partner looking for happiness outside the relationship. It’s better than fighting, but everyone
deserves better than that.
If you’re one of those intrepid souls, you
might make it through despair into the beginnings of a conscious
relationship. Both partners have to be
willing to try, and each should understand that they’ve only just begun the
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