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Y’all know what I’m talking about? Yes? (No, not the movie :lol:)

So that we’re all on the same page, let me offer this definition: the point at which a relationship falls apart, most often ending up with a split.

It used to be the “cause” of this referred to a man having an extra-marital affair. Anymore, I think this can be applied to people in long-term relationships, whether married or not; and I don’t think we can say infidelity is one-sided. These days, I don’t think we can even say that infidelity is “the cause.”

This is not in our heads. It is real. Statistics will back this up. Here’s an article from Psychology Today that you might find interesting.

I also don’t think this just applies to people who are legally married. I think this is one where we can paint with a pretty broad brush and say “relationships” in general.

I’ll even go one step further: I think this can happen in increments of on or around 7 years.

Here are some examples:

Seal and Heidi Klum

Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Reece Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe

Interestingly, some articles are now claiming that the “7 year itch” phenomenon is now becoming the “3 year itch” instead. It makes me wonder what they call the short-lived marriages of people like Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Russell Brand and Katy Perry. Hmm.

I honestly don’t spend a lot of time thinking about celebrities in general, but I DO spend a fair amount of time thinking about and observing relationships in general. Celebs just give us easily access. 😀

The older we have gotten, the more marriages we’ve seen disintegrate. Many times, infidelity has been the cause. Some of the time, there has been significant struggle for a good many years before the end came. Some of the time, one spouse left the other completely unexpectedly (usually for someone else).

Besides relationships, are there other events or circumstances to which this rule applies? Do you think this is a real phenomenon or an excuse to end a relationship? Is there prevention for it?

Give me your two cents and leave me a comment!

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