The character is undertaking a challenge of courage, strength or skill for some important prize.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross first introduced The 5 Stages of Grief in her work with people with a terminal illness or who experienced a catastrophic loss.
In this post, Duane expands her model by an additional two stages for his own purposes.
My revenge affair didn’t help as I experienced firsthand the withdrawal we have all heard so much about.
It’s real and is borne of guilt and shame, and the only thing to make it go away is another dose of drama, texting, meeting, ego-boosting, and what-have-you.
Contrast If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten, which is this trope applied to villainous behavior.
Angel Unaware, A Chat with Satan, Honest Axe, "Leave Your Quest" Test, Nice to the Waiter, and Unwinnable Training Simulation are related types of tests.Five months post DDay and the wounds were still fresh, still tender to the touch. Despite what we believe our betraying spouses felt during their affair, it couldn’t possibly have been all sunshine and roses. I can’t imagine anyone in an affair feeling good about themselves and I can see how far one would go to cast that awful feeling onto anyone else.By this time I was convinced divorce was the only option, that she still harbored feelings for him (despite her telling me endlessly that this wasn’t the case,) that if it weren’t for our kids I would be long gone without a word. I started yoga, meditation, exercising, going out to meet new people, make new friends, and I delved into reading and found strength in renewal and the wisdom of those who had survived all sorts of traumas. Anger has been the longest phase of recovery for me because I fought it every step of the way and because it needed to exist until I learned that I could deal with it while sitting still, by merely letting it be without marrying action to it.And in the quiet moments fear and anger took over; the pain returned as full as ever. Bargaining or How To Be The Perfect Spouse: If I were better, stronger, smarter, taller, more handsome, successful, ambitious, if I had met her “needs,” then she would never have sought out another man. Since when is responsible for the happiness of another person?Denial or The Honeymoon is Definitely Over: She soon began to withdraw. If we make someone happy then great, but it should never be a responsibility. I tried to be more like him, or more of what I thought she was looking for, what she needed.She didn’t blame me outright, as some betrayers do, but she let it be known that she was unhappy, that she had been unhappy for a while (she forgot to add, as all betrayers do, that the unhappiness was with herself.) Luckily, my self-esteem was intact enough to realize this didn’t make any sense.