Have you ever broken up/taken a "time out" to work on individual problems/personal growth and then re-united with a partner?

This is always so sad!
This is always so sad!
When I hear someone say "We are taking a break (or a time out) on our relationship to work on personal problems," I am always skeptical that both partners are being honest. Quite often, that is a way to break up that introduces the idea of a break up gradually so that the other partner is not overwhelmed at once with rejection and the partner initiating the break up can try to escape some guilt for breaking up.

I also realize that a couple could say this and both be very sincere in their belief that they are breaking up to allow time for personal growth. I don't really see why you would need to take a break from the relationship for that purpose; your partner should be there to support you in good times and in bad times and they should be able to help you with whatever it is that you need to do. They can certainly give you some "alone time" without the necessity of breaking up. However, I know that there is some popular notion that "temporarily" breaking up is an appropriate way to approach these circumstances.

What is your experience with temporary break ups to work on personal problems? Was it an excuse? Was it a valid reason? Did it work?
I have never been in a relationship
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I have never had a break up in a relationhip
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I have had one or more break ups in a relationship but never to provide time for personal growth
Vote C
I have had one or more break ups in a relationship to provide time for personal growth but I eventually realized that it was just an excuse to break up
Vote D
I have had one or more break ups in a relationship to provide time for personal growth but we grew apart/never reunited
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I have had one or more break ups in a relationship to provide time for personal growth, we subsequently reunited, but eventually broke up again. It didn't work.
Vote F
I have had one or more break ups in a relationship to provide time for personal growth, we subsequently reunited, and we are still together. It worked.
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