Kristin and Mike have had another huge and explosive fight.
Both were irritable and had just ended long weeks at their jobs. A disagreement between them escalated into name calling, shouting and even things being thrown-- a glass was hurled at the wall in rage.
Mike threw a few of his things in a bag and said he was going to move out. He told her that he is done with her and is going to his brother's house. After that, he stormed out the door.
This isn't the first time that Mike has declared that he is moving out and breaking up with her. This isn't the first time that they've had such a blow up that both ended up wondering if they would make up.
As Kristin swept up the remains of broken glass from the floor, she thought about what she might say to Mike tomorrow to mend the damage of their big fight. She also asked herself if maybe, this time, they should just stay broken up.
If you and your partner have had a blow up-kind of argument in which one (or both) of you declared that you were breaking up, you may be wondering some of the same things as Kristin is.
Perhaps you are the one who-- in anger and frustration-- packed up your things and walked out the door. Maybe your partner is the one who said “we're through.”
In either situation, you may feel the urge to go to your mate and try to apologize, to express your forgiveness or to let him or her know that you want to restore your connection and relationship.
You might be fearful about what staying broken up will be like. You may be already missing your partner and wishing that you could do-over the events that led to the blow up.
Ultimately, when you are in a raw and difficult emotional place like this, you might also be asking yourself this question...
“Should we get back together again?”
If you are trying to make the important decision about whether or not to stay in your relationship-- to let the break up continue-- we encourage you to be as honest and clear with yourself as you can be.
Ask yourself these 3 questions as make your choice about whether or not you will make up with your partner...
#1: “Is my heart in it?”
Sometimes, a couple will fight, break up and get back together again over and over and over. In some cases, they go through this emotional roller coaster because that's “just what they do.” For whatever reason, they both feel stuck in this cycle of turmoil and they continue to reunite even though neither of them really feels strongly about doing so.
If you really listen to yourself and what you truly want, is your heart in this relationship? Sure, you may care about your partner. But, are you motivated by love or, instead, does it seem like you “have to” or “should” get back together again?
Feelings-- especially when you've been with a person for a long period of time-- can be murky and confusing. It can be difficult to really know how you feel and what you want.