Women and Divorce

Learn that a recovery from divorce and moving on to a happy life is possible, but it takes committing to taking care of yourself and working on your inner healing. This allows for personal growth and empowerment.

By Dr. Nicole R. Gerber
Updated: September 03, 2014
Women and Divorce

The breakup of a marriage can be an overwhelmingly stressful event, fraught with uncertainty, upheaval, and loss of control. Women going through divorce have a unique set of challenges to contend with including financial insecurity, potentially re-entering the job market, and juggling the responsibilities of children and career. The emotional toll of a divorce can be particularly difficult for women who face the challenge of integrating new and old roles as they struggle to rebuild their identity. While getting a divorce is an extremely painful experience, it can also be a time of tremendous personal growth and development.

An important part of the healing process for women involves learning to honor feelings that may have been dormant such as anger, shame, and sadness. By learning how to effectively cope with the difficult emotions that surface throughout the divorce process, women can begin to feel more in control of their lives. Women who share their pain in a relationship that is understanding, caring, and accepting find that they feel freer to express their painful emotions. As they struggle through the healing process, they become more powerful and develop greater internal strength and resilience. Women who work through the difficult emotions that arise in the divorce process can also learn to overcome feelings of bitterness and resentment toward their husbands and themselves, improve their sense of efficacy and self-esteem, develop tools that foster healthier intimate relationships, and begin to free themselves of the past and move forward with their lives.

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April 28, 2006
Categories:  Divorce and Annulment

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