just broke up with the woman I was seeing. When she asked why, I didn’t have the heart to
tell her the truth—that I thought she was too childish and not intelligent enough for me.
So I simply told her that we didn’t click.
She kept calling and crying for
me to give her a more detailed explanation for breaking up with her. When I couldn’t
stand her whining any more, I told her the truth, and now she hates me for being honest.
Did I do the right thing? -- FEELING GUILTY – LONDON, ON
My personal favourite breakup line is: “It’s not you;
it’s me.” But the old “We don’t click” is also a classic.
these can be too vague, leaving the dumpee wanting to know why. Although they probably
don’t really want an alphabetized list of grievances, they can’t seem to let go. Some
people are just gluttons for punishment. For example, do any of us really want to know
how many people our partner slept with before us? Is any answer going to be the right
You were in a tough spot. If you had lied or softened it to make
her feel better about herself, she’d have probably asked, “If I’m so great, why are you
ditching me?” —taking you right back to where you started.
After all is
said and done, it sounds to me like you did the only thing you could. You needn’t punish
Dumpees should be careful what they ask for; they just might get
The good news is
my boyfriend finally found a dream job in his field after more than a decade of working
unsuitable jobs. The bad news is we’re always fighting because he has no time for me. He
voluntarily works overtime and even takes work home with him.
relationship has suffered because we hardly ever see each other. And when we do, we don’t
talk like before because we’re busy fighting. When I ask for more of his time, he says I
don’t understand how busy he is. He’s had eight months to adapt to the new job, and I’m
fed up. I’ve been tempted to break up with him, but I can’t imagine life without
How can I make him understand I need his attention and I miss
him? I want things to be like before. What should I do? -- NEGLECTED – TORONTO, ON
You won’t be satisfied unless you
talk with him about it one more time.
Is it unreasonable that he is
continually putting his job in front of you? Yes. But he obviously thinks you’re being
unreasonable for not appreciating the importance of his career finally coming
Are either of your thoughts wrong? No. We all have the
right to feel any way we want. It’s how we chose to handle disagreements that matters.
When you talk to him, explain exactly how you’re feeling and listen carefully to his side
of the situation. Suggest ways to compromise. Maybe you could find a way to help him
with his work or hobbies. The more you have in common the more time you will be able to
If he’s not willing to compromise and work on the
relationship, you’ll have to make a decision about whether to continue being with
Things will never be the way they were before. On the bright
side, perhaps you can come to an agreement on how to make it better than it is
Things change, and we either change with them or we move on—or,
worse yet, get left behind. No matter how much you love him, you need to decide what’s
best for you. Be honest with yourself. If he’s not willing to compromise now, imagine
how your future will be with him.
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