Breaking up: Do's and Don'ts
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Breaking up: do's and don'ts

By Gayatri Parameswaran May 2, 10:53 am
A bad relationship can sometimes leave you with no other option but to break up. But it’s never easy. Here are a few tips.
… your homework

Know why you’re breaking up. If your partner isn't expecting this piece of bad news, you'll have to end up doing a lot of explaining. Plus, it will also give you a great opportunity to reflect on your thoughts and find out if a break-up is what you really want.

… it in person

Tell your partner the bad news face to face, not over email, SMS, telephone or Skype, unless the situation absolutely demands it. Meeting them in person before the relationship ends will offer closure, which is psychologically important to move on.

… it in a place that’s comfortable for your partner

A crowded restaurant with a lot of strangers around might be intimidating for your partner, when you're talking about such a sensitive issue. Pick a place that makes them feel safe enough to express their emotions.

… be prepared for the worst reaction

Being dumped is perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. So don’t be surprised if your partner starts yelling, crying, arguing or just storms out on you. Handle the situation calmly, accept their reactions by understanding the feelings of hurt underneath them.


Be honest with your partner when you’re about to end the relationship. Tell them exactly what you felt was wrong in the relationship. This could be harsh but equally important for them to learn. It's only fair that they know where it went wrong.

... be cruel

Break-ups are terrible by nature. Don’t go out of your way to make it more hurtful. Being honest doesn’t mean you have to be vindictive and cruel. Try to word the truth delicately.

… be ambiguous

Don’t leave your partner in doubt. If you don’t mean it, don’t tell them something like, 'It’s not working out now, but it might work out another time.' That would make them hopeful and wrongly so.

… waver

Once you’ve made up your mind about breaking up and are absolutely sure, don’t change your decision. Your partner might convince you to give it 'one last chance' but unless there’s any real reason why you should buy that argument, don’t fall for it. Stick to your guns.


Do you have any tips for breaking up? Did some break up with you in a way that only made things worse? Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Facebook.

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Love Matters
Sat, 08/31/2013 - 12:10 pm

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perys wanjiru
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 06:26 pm
i am currently goin through the pains of a heartbreak.i feel lyk breaking down after al the love i had for him.nothing makes sense to me realy heartbroken.
Hi Perys, sorry to hear about that! Being heartbroken is horrible. And only time will heal your wounds. We know that right now, it seems like nothing is ever going to be alright again, but trust as, it will. Be strong! All the best.
Benedict Ambetsa
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 06:55 pm
Yes it happened to me one day when my lover just came and told me that it is over. It can't work btn me and her. For sure this left with no hope.
Hi Benedict, sorry to hear about your experiences. Sometimes, things don't work out between people. But as much as it hurts, it will get better as time passes.
John karisa
Sun, 09/01/2013 - 06:48 pm
i met a girl yesterday in a rally. she was drunk, we talked & we exchanged numbers. she texted me several times bt i later told her that my battery was low so we would chat later. Today at mid day i texted bt got no reply. is it that she is pissed off or she just liked me because she was drunk?
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