Should You Break Up? Here Are The 5 Stages Of Ending Your Relationship

Love isn’t a science— or is it? New research shows that relationships have five stages. Considering a breakup? Here’s what you need to know:

University of Tennessee psychologists Kathrin Ritter, Vanessa Handsel and Todd Moore have developed a scale to figure out how far along you are towards ending a relationship, per Psychology Today. The scale is broken down to five factors, each progressing towards a breakup. The closer you are to step 20, the closer you are to a total breakup.

The research was initially intended to help those in a violent or abusive relationship. Psychology Today notes that anyone can use the scale to help better understand where they are in their breakup decision process and how they can seek help from therapists or counselors.

Here’s the full scale:

Factor 1: Precontemplation (no change being considered)

  1.  I am happy with my relationship as it is.

  2.  My relationship is fine; there is

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