Ever since GWYNETH PALTROW used the phrase "Conscious Uncoupling" to explain her split from CHRIS MARTIN, the Internet turned it into a joke.


In case you're wondering what it really means, she posted an explanation from some lifestyle gurus on her website. It's ridiculously long and pompously new age-y, so light some incense, pop in a CD of sitar music and I'll give ya’ll the gist of it:


“Because the life expectancy of human being has increased so much, we can't be expected to be able to stand being in a relationship with just one person for an entire lifetime. Therefore, we need to stop treating divorce as a failure.”


“Instead, we need to treat it as a LEARNING PROCESS where, quote, "there are no bad guys, just two people, each playing teacher and student respectively."


The "experts" add, quote, "When we understand that both are actually partners in each other's spiritual progress, animosity dissolves much quicker and a new paradigm for conscious uncoupling emerges, replacing the traditional, contentious divorce.


"It's only under these circumstances that loving co-parenting can happen. It's conscious uncoupling that prevents families from being broken by divorce and creates expanded families that continue to function in a healthy way outside of traditional marriage."


Read the whole thing right HERE.