Time to silence the haters? Here’s what to do if everyone thinks you should...
No one sees how the two of you act when you’re alone, so other people’s opinions on why you should stay with your partner are based on an inaccurate picture. Once you’ve decided to break-up, explain it simply. “Say you aren’t in love with him any more,” advises Australia-based relationship psychologist John Aiken. “People understand this.”
Friends or family telling you to end things with your guy? This usually comes about if you two have been through a rough patch or 10, and you always vent to someone about it. If this is the case, it’s you who’s got to change that. “Make sure you stop complaining about your relationship,” suggests Aiken. “Tell your friends you’re happy, then move the conversation on.”
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So, your friends and parents are desperate to see a ring on your finger—but you’re okay with things just as they are? “This is about your family’s expectations, not yours,” says Aiken. “Tell them you’re happy and that things are exactly where you want them to be at the moment.”
Listen to them
Often people on the outside can pick up on real problems better than we can. “We like to think we make good decisions, so admitting the choice you’ve made is wrong can be hard,” says Sue Yorston from Relationships Australia. Violence and verbal abuse are firm dealbreakers. Take a stand, and move on.
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