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It has been theorized that people go through a period of dissatisfaction with their lives, relationships, job, etc., about every seven years, which is how this expression originated.

IN ADDITION:The seven year itch is a term to describe a married man or woman. After seven years of marriage, the eyes tend to wander. The inclination to become unfaithful after seven years of marriage. The term was coined in 1955 by the movie with the same name "The seven year itch".

There is also speculation that this might be a real itch related to skin condition, insects, or STDs.

  • A recent question on Hollywood sq. showed that statistics reveal the average marriage in North America lasts 7 years. maybe that's where it comes from, mine this year is 32, (where did we go wrong.)
  • It use to be the "seven year itch", but it has drastically lowered to anywhere from six months to four years. People just don't seem to rate marriage on the high end these days and if there is a problem in the marriage (there will always be that bridge to cross no matter how wonderful a marriage we have) one of the two will often walk away instead of sticking it out through some of the bad times. Sadly, divorce is at a much higher rate. TWO-YEAR ITCH INFECTS MARRIAGE COUPLES watching out for the seven-year itch should be on their guard a lot earlier these days. According to research, they are far more likely to separate after about two years of marriage. One in 12 couples is heading for the divorce courts after 24 months - more than double the figure for seven years. From "TWO-YEAR ITCH INFECTS MARRIAGE" News Australia, By James Mills, June 22, 2004 Cited in a posting in the Smart Marriages listserv June 22, 2004. News Australia, By James Mills, June 22, 2004.
  • The seven year itch is an odd term for a small mite that lives under the skin, also called scabies. It causes severe itching beginning in the wrists and feet. They call it the seven year itch because it is very difficult to get rid of.
  • The "Seven Year Itch" is not a relationship term. It is also not a mite. This term refers to eczema, a skin condition usually being a rash, which is extremely itchy and aggravating. I personally have this chronic rash, and it can last for a short length of time or a very long stretch of time such as seven years. Not everyone has it for seven years, so it's more of an expression that people don't understand and apply it to what they think is correct.
  • The Seven Year Itch is a Classic Comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. The 20th Century Fox film was an adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name by George Axelrod. It was directed by Billy Wilder and presented in Deluxe Color CinemaScope. Often cited as one of the great comedies of its time, it won critical acclaim and became the biggest box office hit in the summer of 1955. It contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th Century in which Marilyn Monroe's dress is blown up above her waist by a passing train underneath a subway grate she is standing on.
  • Males tend (in my observations - and in hindsight) to have three and a half years relationship cycles (that is they re-evaluate the relationship every three to four years generally) whilst females tend to have the so-called 'Seven year itch' (with all due respect). This is partly due to the nesting instinct, and partly due to their innate patience. (I would say 'infinite' but it seems there is a limit - take note gentlemen, thus, divorces or breakups found at between three to four years and 11-12 years are typically initiated by the male, with the majority of breakups occurring at around seven years where the 'psychological security' of the relationship is at it's ebb. This being said, one also has to factor in the females nesting instinct could have an impact on a females choice regarding divorce or breakup - certainly if children were introduced into the relationship whether it is due to deep-rooted (pardon the pun) sexual motives (such as both sexes desires to procreate/nest vs hunt) or otherwise is a matter of further discussion. If it is due to a conjunction of male-female re-evaluation phases then, obviously, at seven years perhaps it is natural that breakups would occur more readily.
  • According to the news on T.V. 51% of Canadian couples live together so married couples are now the minority.
  • It was my understanding the term referred to the STD herpes; which although incurable outbreaks tend to decrease in frequency significantly after about seven years. It would be pertinent to find out how long this phrase has been in use, as well, as its cultural origins.
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