Most people will experience feelings of deep loss and distress after a long-term relationship breakup. Despite populist writings that love lasts forever, the divorce statistics across various countries tell us that up to two in three marriages end. If these statistics were to take into account the number of nonmarital long-term relationships that end, then the statistics would be much higher.
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Ever since that first "Dear John" letter was delivered by carrier pigeon, breakups have sucked, but social media makes them suck harder. Even if you block, hide and unfriend, you can still be attacked by an unexpected photo of your ex posted on the accounts of mutual friends. Rather than be the victim of such virtual hostility, you should harness the power of social media to fight back, and prove to everyone that you are doing just fine, thanks.
Are you about to break up with someone? Or worried you'll be on the receiving end? Modern philosopher Alain de Botton's Youtube channel, The School of Life, has gone through some of the typical relationship death throes before settling on one major tip that benefits those who mightn't have seen it coming: Be a dick.
When I moved out from the apartment I shared with my husband, two dogs and a cat, it hurt really badly, but it hurt in a way that I fully expected. There was nothing surprising about the feelings that accompanied the dissolution of a 10-year relationship; I was devastated, but it would be weird if I hadn't been. Entire movie plots are dedicated to big, proper, capital-B Breakups, but not much attention is paid to the smaller, seemingly less significant "micro-breakups", a term used by Britany Robinson to describe the end of something that never really was.
Breakups suck no matter what time of year they happen, but they're particularly rough during the holidays. While everyone is celebrating, you're struggling with loneliness and heartbreak. Whether you were on the giving or receiving end of a breakup, here's how to cope with the loss during the holidays.
There are a lot of great reasons to keep a journal, and getting over a breakup might be one of them. The key is using your words to reframe your suffering into a positive, or at least meaningful, experience.
A break-up can feel like the end of the world. And almost everybody goes through these jarring transitions at some point in their romantic lives, experiencing unbearable loss, confusion and despair. Luckily, a growing number of evidence-based strategies can help you cope. We talked to the experts to find out more.
You had the perfect office romance -- until you didn't. Now you're broken up. You've removed all of his or her belongings from your apartment and untagged all of your cutesy couple Facebook photos. But when you'll see your ex at the office, that complicates things.