I've felt apprehensive about writing on this topic and have thus avoided it for a while. Then today I read this How to break up with a guy you are not datingand realized it was time. I know most of you can relate to this topic; some of you have been on both sides of the experience, and some of you only on one. But see the thing is, I didn't want to write about how to break up with someone, because I didn't want to seem like an asshole.
Hmm … similar to how I never want to break up with someone because I don't want to seem like an asshole. Breaking someone's heart or wounding it, if you're in a more casual relationship really effing sucks. We always focus on how to heal a broken heart after being dumped, but we never acknowledge how crappy it is to be the heartbreaker.
This is why I chose to do my masters research in the area. Ironically, when I was writing the final chapter of my thesis, I got harshly dumped. Karma or timely comparison experience? Anyway, ending a relationship — whether it be a casual one or a marriage — is thick with anxiety, guilt, and conflict.
And thus, what do we tend to do? Like me with this topic, we avoid. In the form of more serious, long term relationships, we avoid "the talk. We have unenthusiastic sex or no sex then lie awake next to them for the remainder of the night. In casual relationships, we stop answering text messages or provide short, uninterested answers.
We say we're busy for the next couple weeks. We say we're busy forever. I used to say "I just don't like hurting people. I've since realized that sure, I don't like hurting people, but what's really happening is that I don't like guilt and anxiety and conflict, so I ignore or avoid the "problem" to gain the illusion that "it's" they've gone away And the reality is that they might go away, but they do so wondering what the heck just happened and sometimes send a string of angry text messages.
So before I offer some tips on breaking up with someone, I want to qualify this. I've been on both sides, many times. I've had my heart smashed to bits How to break up with a guy you are not dating, and I'm pretty sure I've smashed a couple. I've been on the receiving end of a casual relationship ending over text message, Facebook Chat, the "phase-out," and the "I'm gonna drink few glasses of wine while you tell me you're seeing someone more seriously now and we can no longer talk.
And maybe it's because my current relationship has actually lasted longer than two weeks I wouldn't be surprised if our friends had a betting pool going so it won't seem completely insensitive to blog about it, or maybe it's because I feel convicted enough in my research to let the judgment fly, but either way, let's talk about breaking hearts. Carrie Bradshaw told us that there is a good way to break up with somebody.