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Gwyneth Paltrow Explains ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

Gwyneth Paltrow wrote an essay in British Vogue about her famous, or maybe infamous, use of the phrase “conscious uncoupling.”

No, she didn’t make that term up…she was introduced to it by her therapist.

She writes, “Frankly, the term sounded a bit full of itself, painfully progressive and hard to swallow. I was intrigued, less by the phrase, but by the sentiment. Was there a world where we could break up and not lose everything?” Six years later, Paltrow still recalls the “mockery” that followed, but she writes that “conscious uncoupling/separation/divorce, whatever you want to call it, has now permeated the break-up culture.”

These days, people frequently ask her how to achieve it, and she writes that the phrase means different things to different couples.



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