Gwyneth Paltrow takes credit for popularizing the term ‘unconscious coupling’

Gwyneth Paltrow admitted in a recent Instagram Q&A session that she received a lot of backlash for using the phrase 'unconscious coupling'

To refer to her separation and eventual divorce from Coldplay's lead singer, Chris Martin, with whom she has a daughter, Apple, 18, and a 17-year-old son, Moses.

Gwyneth used the term as the title of a March 2014 piece on her wellness website, in which she confirmed her divorce from musician Chris Martin. 

This sparked a lot of debate about the phrase's legitimacy. Even Chris Martin disliked the name and had a bad reaction to it.

Katherine Woodward Thomas coined the term in 2009, and it reflects a more positive approach for divorcing couples in which ex-couples can remain good friends and remember the special moments they shared together rather than being acrimonious and hostile towards each other for the rest of their lives

Gwyneth explained that it makes her very proud when strangers approach her on the street and say, "

Thank you for introducing that concept because I've become good friends with my ex." She is overjoyed that she can play a small part in the societal shift that has resulted in more peaceful divorce and separation transitions.