We all have many roles. Our personality changes, depending on what situation we are in. Some roles are stronger than others. They define every fiber of our being. Leaving them behind, can be devastating.
However, by choosing your new life and your new roles, you get to take back control and ensure the role really fits you.
First stage DOUBT:
frustration, burnout, or simply unhappiness with an accustomed status and the roles associated with the group or relationship.
Second stage SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES:
you may think about or start planning for separation.
Third stage ACTION OR DEPARTURE:
a clear turning point makes you feel it is essential to leave.
Last stage: CREATION OF A NEW IDENTITY: form new connections - who do you want to be?
Adjusted from Helen Ebaugh's Becoming an Ex