The 5 Phases of Love and the 4 Mind Characters That Decide If Your Marriage Succeeds or Fails

The 5 Phases of Love and the 4 Mind Characters That Decide If Your Marriage Succeeds or Fails


I’ve been a wedding counselor for greater than fifty years. I imagine it’s true that we educate what we wish to study. My spouse, Carlin, and I’ve been married for 43 fantastic years now. However our relationship life hasn’t at all times been fantastic. That is the third marriage for each of us. Those that have visited my web site have seen my introductory video, “Confessions of a Twice-Divorced Marriage Counselor.”

            At this time I had the good pleasure of speaking with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard skilled neuroanatomist and writer of the critically acclaimed bestseller My Stroke of Perception: A Mind Scientist’s Private Journey and her newest e book, Entire Mind Dwelling: The Anatomy of Alternative and the 4 Characters That Drive Our Life.

            I had learn her first e book and watched her, now well-known, TED speak, and had written an article about her work titled, “4 Play: How Your Core Mind Characters Drive Your Love Life.” Within the article I first described what she had realized in regards to the two hemispheres of the mind and the way completely different they have been. She stated,

“Underlying the practical variations between our two hemispheres are neurons that course of data in distinctive methods. The left hemisphere works linearly and methodically and is all in regards to the previous and the long run, whereas the correct hemisphere capabilities like a parallel processor bringing a number of streams of knowledge that concurrently reveal a single complicated second of expertise.”

            In our interview, which I’ll report on in a future article, she stated that the left hemisphere of the mind tends to be related to conventional masculine qualities and the correct mind with conventional female qualities. Just a few of those contrasting variations I notice under:

            She talked in regards to the work of Dr. Iain McGilchrist, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, who wrote the e book, The Grasp and his Emissary: The Divided Mind and the Making of the Western World, the place he describes the evolutionary objective of our two mind hemispheres.  

“Basically phrases, the left hemisphere yields slender, targeted consideration, primarily for the aim of getting and feeding,”

says Dr. McGilchrist.

“The proper hemisphere yields a broad, vigilant consideration, the aim of which seems to be consciousness of alerts from the environment, particularly of different creatures, who’re potential predators or potential mates, foes, or buddies.”

            Like Dr. McGilchrist, Dr. Taylor believes society has turn into dominated by slender left-brain pondering, to the detriment of {our relationships} with ourselves, one another, and the group of life on planet Earth which we rely upon for our very existence. Neglecting our right-hemisphere knowledge may also undermine {our relationships}.            


The 5 Phases of Love and Why So Many Relationships Crash and Burn at Stage 3

            In my expertise as a wedding counselor and in addition in my private expertise I’ve discovered that there are 5 levels of affection, however too many relationships crash and burn at stage 3. In my on-line course, “Navigating the 5 Phases of Love,” I describe the next levels:

  • Stage 1: Falling In Love
  • Stage 2: Turning into a Couple
  • Stage 3: Disillusionment
  • Stage 4: Creating Actual Lasting Love
  • Stage 5: Utilizing the Energy of Two to Change the World.

Stage 3 is an important stage, however few individuals perceive it. Nobody advised us about Stage 3 in understanding love and marriage. Stage 3  is the place issues start to really feel unhealthy in a relationship. It could actually happen slowly or can really feel like a swap is flipped and every part goes fallacious. Little issues start to hassle us. We really feel much less beloved and cared for. We really feel trapped and wish to escape.

Stage 3 is the place my first two marriages collapsed and for too many relationships that is the start of the top. However Carlin and I didn’t surrender, we saved going. There’s an outdated adage,

“While you’re going by hell, don’t cease.”

This appears to be true of this stage of life.

For too many people, we have been raised on the assumption that after we discovered the correct associate, we might “stay fortunately ever after.” We might have our ups and downs, however with the correct associate, love would conquer all, issues would at all times work out, and our love lives would get higher and higher till “loss of life do us half.” So, after we hit the disillusionment stage we conclude that our associate has modified and we have to get out whereas we will.

What Carlin and I realized was that Stage 3 was not solely a stage of affection, not an indicator that we had made the fallacious alternative, however truly the invitation to Stage 4, Actual Lasting Love. Stage 3, Dissillusionment, truly had two functions. The primary is to let go of the illusions all of us deliver to a wedding, all of the unrealistic projections we placed on our associate that finally trigger us to really feel like we’ve failed as a result of we will by no means stay as much as the expectations. The second objective is to assist us acknowledge the hostile childhood experiences all of us develop up with and the traumas which can be an inevitable a part of life.

Our grownup unhappiness and conflicts are home windows into our previous. In some sense we actually do marry our mother and father, or to be extra correct, we join with companions who deliver out comparable points to ones we by no means resolved in childhood.

Stage 3 shouldn’t be meant to be nice and straightforward. We might have skilled assist and assist to navigate the complicated waters (Carlin and I went to a superb therapist who helped us tremendously). However Stage 3 shouldn’t be the start of the top, however the starting of one thing higher. It’s a method to heal the previous so we will transfer on to the deeper love we will have with a associate who surfaces our previous ache in order that we will lastly, and eternally, heal.

Trauma and 4 Characters That Drive Our Lives

            In her fantastic e book, Entire Mind Dwelling: The Anatomy of Alternative and the 4 Characters That Drive Our Life, Dr. Taylor says,

“There’s now convincing neuroanatomical proof of the existence of 4 mind characters. Surgically separating our two mind hemispheres has scientifically proven us that they aren’t merely two anatomically separate halves of an entire. As a substitute, the 2 halves of our mind home utterly completely different character profiles that every exhibit distinctive needs, goals, pursuits, and wishes.”

            Dr. Taylor discovered that in every mind hemisphere there’s a “pondering character” and an “emotional character.” Listed here are the 4 characters together with some their attribute qualities:

Left Considering, Character 1

  • Verbal
  • Thinks in language
  • Thinks linearly
  • Previous and future primarily based
  • Analytical
  • Seeks variations
  • Judgmental
  • Particular person

Proper Mind Considering, Character 4

  • Nonverbal
  • Thinks in footage
  • Thinks experientially
  • Current moment-based
  • Kinesthetic/physique
  • Seeks similarities
  • Compassionate
  • Collective

Left Emotional Character 2

  • Inflexible
  • Cautious
  • Concern primarily based
  • Doubts
  • Righteous
  • Manipulates
  • Egocentric
  • Crucial

    Proper Emotional Character 3

  • Open
  • Threat taking
  • Fearless
  • Trusts
  • Grateful
  • Goes with the circulation
  • Sharing
  • Variety

It’s our Left-Mind Emotional Character 2 that’s at all times evaluating our previous trauma and ache to what we would expertise sooner or later. It’s this mind character that’s so energetic in Stage 3, Disillusionment.

“It’s Character 2″, says Dr. Taylor, “who screams, wails, and rages towards all these injustices that it has perceived as hurtful, harmful, or unfair.”

No marvel Stage 3 looks like we live with a loopy particular person. No marvel we wish to run away. However the present, if we will obtain it, is to go deeper. We now have the chance to study the deeper classes of affection.

It’s this character who initiatives the injuries from the previous–usually from our moms, fathers, brothers, or sisters–on to our grownup companions. It’s Character 2, if uncared for, could cause {our relationships} to go beneath at Stage 3. But when we perceive and talk with our Character 2, we will efficiently navigate the turbulent waters of Stage 3.

“Over time, it has been the job of this tender and susceptible Character 2 to carry our previous ache in reminiscence for our future safety,” says Dr. Taylor. “If we wish to evolve into our greatest selves and stay our greatest lives, we should create a wholesome relationship with our left-brain Character 2. We develop and thrive after we are courageous sufficient to face within the middle of our personal ache and hearken to what it’s making an attempt to speak.”

Really listening to Character 2 may also help us get by Stage 3, disillusionment, to Stage 4, Actual Lasting Love. That is the good present of our lives. Carlin and I proceed to deepen our journey of affection as we study extra in regards to the 4 characters in our mind that information our lives. We wrote about our personal journey in our e book, The Enlightened Marriage: The 5 Transformative Phases of Relationship and Why the Finest is Nonetheless to Come.

You may study extra about Entire Mind Dwelling by visiting Dr. Taylor’s web site. Should you’d prefer to take a deeper dive into Entire Mind Dwelling with Dr. Taylor, she can be providing “Entire Mind Coaching for People” starting June 6, 2023. You may register right here.

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