Can you ever really be friends with an ex?
Yes, you can be friends with an ex. Whether or not that's a good idea depends on your personality, your ex's personality, the nature of your relationship, and a host of other factors.
For many people, the idea of staying friends is untenable. After all, that's why breaking up is called "ending a relationship." In most cases, the relationship...ends.
Scientists have looked into post-breakup friendships, and some of the research has interesting implications for these types of relationships. In one such study, researchers identified four common reasons behind the behavior: security, practicality, civility, and unresolved romantic desires.
Unsurprisingly, participants in this last group had more negative outcomes-their friendships ended, or they were unhappy in their other relationships. People who stayed friends for security or for practical reasons had more positive outcomes overall, but people who stayed friends for practical or civil reasons were less likely to stay friends in the long term.
In other words, if you're looking for a long-term friendship, you should want the security of the friendship; other factors shouldn't come into play. For instance, if you want to maintain the friendship because you're worried that your mutual friends will choose a side, your friendship with your ex probably won't last very long, even if you are able to sustain it for a short time. More importantly, if you have romantic feelings for your partner, don't expect them to disappear simply because you've changed your relationship status on social media.
There are other reasons to consider a clean break. Another study on post-breakup friendships yielded a surprising result: Men who maintained these relationships were more likely to have "dark personality traits" associated with narcissism and sociopathy. Men were also more likely to rate sexual access and pragmatism as important reasons for continuing the friendship.
Still, "your ex might be a psychopath" isn't a great reason to cut off contact entirely. Plenty of people are able to maintain worthwhile friendships with ex-partners, so there's no hard-and-fast rule.
If you're considering a friendship with an ex, ask yourself why you want to keep part of your relationship intact. Be honest with yourself-if you've got any unresolved feelings whatsoever, it's probably a good idea to cut ties, at least temporarily, until you're both comfortable with other romantic pursuits.
If, however, you feel that your relationship is better as a friendship (and if you're sure that your ex feels the same way), go for it. Good friends are hard to find.
They can be if you don't get jealous. If someone has offended you by dating your ex, you are free to end your friendship with that person. However, you might also prefer to continue your friendship. Perhaps it doesn't really matter if your friend dates your ex. After all, if you really did not want your ex to date someone else, you could have continued your own relationship, rather than breaking up.
I think that it's fine to be friends with your ex unless they did something that you really didn't like at all, and they're different. It may be awkward, but I'm sure it's better then ignoring them always. I personally think it's ok for her to be friends with her ex, because she has the right to be friends with anyone she wants to. But, if it gets serious, it's not ok.
depends on how bad a breakup... an ok one, then sure, a really bad one, no of course you can still be friends with an ex. it doesn't matter how the break up went. if you can still be friends with them, especially after a bad break up, then chances are you will find love agian. besides, being friends with your ex isn't a bad thing.
How do you become friends with an ex after a really bad breakup and after four months of no talking?
This new fad of ex boyfriends and ex girlfriend being friends is a fallacy in itself and 'ex' means the relationship is over and both parties should move forward in their own lives and stop trying to be friends. You said that you broke up badly with no talking and that is the way he obviously wants to keep it. It is time for you to walk away from your ex.
If you really think you can get what you want, you have to figure out what she wants. Weather it is something you can get her or something you can do for her. use friendship with her friends and ex boy friends to your advantage. If you really really think you can get it, try what you think, use your brain! Thank you. i deserve detention
What does it mean when your new ex continuously asks if you have informed your family and friends of the breakup?
Because that would actually confirm to them that you mean it when you wanted to break-up. If your ex has gotten to know your family and friends it's going to be hard on them either to not be around them ever again, or, he/she may pump into them and there's sure to be questions. If you haven't told your family and friends I suggest you do. The least amount of information as to why you…
It appears the fad of this generation is to stay friends with exes. 'Ex' means the relationship is over and generally the person that has been left behind because of the breakup is still in love with their ex so it is best not to pour salt into an open wound and say goodbye as friends and face the future with new hope as there is that special someone out there for you.
That depends on your relationship with your ex boyfriend. If you are friends explain the situation to him and ask him how he feels about it. If he cares about you he should be fine with you dating other people. If you two do not get along, then simply ask him out when your ex is not there. Explain to him that you do not get along with your ex, but that you really want…
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