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To me a break is the first stage of a break-up. I've only seen a few couples and I mean very few who survive even a few months after a "break" even less who go a few years after. I've only known of one couple who's break helped them but that's because they both slept with other people and got the "cheating" aspect out of the way (or so they say). Usually a break will put more strain on a relationship. This is why most therapist use a "break" method only as a last resort. In almost all occasions one of the two parties will sleep with some one else when it was agreed only that they were still together just spending less time with each other. I say if your willing to take a break and risk everything for a .9% chance of working out your issues might as well end it altogether. Breaks are proven not to be an effective form of "relationship healing" why risk it if you really care for one another. If your the party asking for the break you obviously fell less attracted to your S.O. and you want something new.