Bitter Breakup Myths
If the breakup was for the best, you shouldn’t be sadAs much as we would like our emotional reactions to be logical, they’re not. The part of our brain that governs emotional reactions doesn’t care whether or not the breakup was for the best or if you’re better off without them .
We are actually wired to suffer .When we experience “love rejection “often the response is to believe we love the ex more than ever and discount the reasons why we broke up. You have to blame your brain and the sea of chemicals for this phenomenon when our ex becomes a type of Human Heroin .In simplistic terms this it what happens. During romantic love we are flooded with bonding/pleasure chemicals and experience an almost addictive reward when in the romantic love bubble. But when the object of desire leaves ,our brain goes into withdrawal or abandonment rage and just like a heroin addict seeks the next high off our “loved one” to feel normal again.
Closure is requiredIf a break up is sudden, painful or one-sided, the general idea is that you should get some closure, some defining words that will finally put your relationship to bed (so to speak) enabling you to move on feeling satisfied. We hold on to this myth that closure brings some clean and pristine end to our doubts, hurts and turmoil. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way and the key is to find closure for ourselves about:
Don’t be the guy/gal who keeps drunk texting/ writing letters/being a social media hound without a response and give yourself the gift of exiting the relationship with your dignity intact.
We can still be friends…reallyThis myth follows closely on the tail of “closure required” when remaining friends can somehow ease the pain of the breakup by holding on to a watered down version of the original intimate relationship.
In a breakup there is normally the one who leaves and the one who is left with their heart ripped out, remaining friends can send mixed messages and give the signal that reconciliation is still possible. Remaining friends is often achievable when no other romantic partners are involved but the cold truth is one person at some point moves on and begins another relationship leading to the ex having to revisit the pain of abandonment and jealousy.
If you are determined to remain friends then it’s vital that the breakup is clean and non hostile (that’s right no angry email length texts or drunk begging to reunite phone calls allowed). A cooling off period with no contact is suggested to help some of the wounds heal and create a new relationship dynamic.
The clause in this one is when children are involved and remaining “amicable and respectful” is an absolute must. This isn’t the chummy “lets catch a movie/I need someone to talk too “relationship, it’s about putting the needs of the children ahead of your own personal hurts or bitterness.
Sex with the ex?First lets address the age old myth that women get more emotionally attached with sex. It’s a misconception that women get super connected to the people they sleep with but men never do that “needy” emotional thing. In truth, sex releases bonding chemicals oxytocin and vasopressin into female and male brains, and it’s vasopressin that helps a man bond with you. So sex with the ex while an easy way to have sex without the one night stands or experience some of the safe familiar ground of intimacy has serious pitfalls.
In reality sex with the ex normally leads to:
This is a complete minefield but possible as long as you follow some guidelines:
Article posted 3 February 2015