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FRIENDS WITH EX
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For some couples when a relationship is over, it’s over. For others, the end of a relationship is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Though becoming friends with an ex is not an option for everyone, a special connection can be made between those who are open to a new platonic partnership. Before you write off an ex after a dating relationship has ended, consider these 3 reasons why you should think about being friends with a former flame… 1. To Maintain a Connection
When dealing with a case of the ex, there are generally two schools of thought. First, there's the "We're just friends, it's harmless, I only have eyes for you" group of people, who believe friendships with ex-lovers cause no real harm. On the opposite end are those (myself included) who feel that all ties with ex-boyfriends and girlfriends should be severed in order for new relationships to flourish.
A big, looming question after the breakup seems to be, "Can we still be friends?" Unfortunately the answer is probably no. There are several reasons for this, but first and foremost is that even after the most amicable breakup, the people involved need some time so they can work through their feelings and sift through the ruins of the relationship.
By Jennifer Oikle, Ph.D., Dating Diva for GalTime.com It’s often tempting to remain friends with an ex, especially right after a breakup when you are still used to relying on their emotional support. But is it wise? The answer, as with most things, is: It depends.
Neil Sedaka had it right. Breaking up IS hard to do. But WHY is it so hard? Because we are sentimental beings, desiring of connection. Because we’ve been told that ‘partnering’ is the path to happiness. Because it just feels good to have your best pal around and because there is no rule book or magic pill for getting rid of the longing. When going through a break up, we are in fact, experiencing a death. While it may just be emotional, it carries all of the hallmarks of a physical passing.
They call 'em an "ex" for a reason. And while we'd love to break up with all of our boyfriends and find ourselves on good, positive terms with them soon after, sometimes feelings get in the way, drama ensues, and you find yourself on an irritating emotional rollercoaster you thought you had left behind when the relationship ended.
You know that ritual where people toss out pictures and mementos from past relationships? A couple of months ago, Facebook ruined that for millions of heartbroken people after it began displaying pictures of their exes in the Photo Memories module. If Photo Memories has ever ambushed you with bittersweet reminders of happier times, you'll be glad to know that Facebook has finally taken measures to stop exes from showing up in your profile.
I used to think that when a relationship ends, there's no reason to see the other person again, other than in casual public settings. After all, it's called "ending a relationship" for a reason. All of that changed when I dated one of my long-time friends.
In this modern age of dating, casual sex and hooking up, many of us remain friendly with people we've seen naked long after the ugly-bumping has come to an end. That said, there are still plenty of rules that must be followed if you actually want to maintain some semblance of a friendship. After the jump, 20 dos and don'ts of having a post-hookup friendship.
When you break up with someone, how do you expect the people in your life to treat your ex? One of my primary concerns when my ex and I broke up was how the breakup was going to affect my relationship with his mom. Even though I hadn't "done" anything, would she still feel comfortable maintaining contact with me? And even if she did want to remain a part of my life in the months after the breakup, what about when my ex brought home a new girlfriend for her to meet? Would her friendship with me get in the way of her developing a bond with a new, potential daughter-in-law?
Keeping your ex in your life, aka "exing" -- whether that involves a no-strings-attached hook-up or daily monitoring of his Facebook page -- is sabotaging your future happiness. Here are six common exing patterns to 86 from your life (along with that dude!).
The National Enquirer says that Britney and Kevin are trying to reconcile via couples therapy. As awesome as that would be, can the Enquirer be trusted? That John Edwards thing really makes this a toughie. We'll just hope that they are and call it a day. Also, Billy Bob Thornton is still good buds with Angelina Jolie, per Billy Bob.