A good friend of mine is slightly-- Okay, he's really freaking out. He has been with his s/o for almost four years now. They were living together, going to college together, and you couldn't invite one without the other showing up. I think maybe it's because he's so taciturn that I thought his giggly, bouncy girlfriend might just get on his nerves. Apparently, he's the needy one and she's been trying to get real space for awhile now. She apparently said that she wanted to take a break, because 'taking care of him, and working towards [her] goals' were taking it's toll on her. After their last argument, she left in a huff and is now sleeping on a friend's couch not far from work. He's sure she's going to leave him, permanently, and wants to fix 'it.' Personally, I believe that they're probably going end, and it's going to hit him hard. Still, I'm not cold-hearted enough to tell him that's what I think and so I comforted him; I told him that 'taking a break' might do them some good and that it doesn't necessarily mean it's the end, but it made me wonder... So a couple of questions I'd love to get feedback on: What do you think of 'taking a break' and how do you define it? Have you or has anyone you know ever gotten back with a partner they 'took a break' from? Did you or anyone you know find another partner on their 'break'? Hypothetically, if someone 'went out' with someone else while on a 'break,' do you think it's cheating? Do you think a 'break' really reveals anything? Or do you think it might be a way to try to break up 'gently' with your partner?