So How Do You Break Up With Your Best Mate?

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Dr Arthur ex­plains that you need to weigh up whether it’s bet­ter to stick with it or let your friend­ship go: ‘Let­ting go fre­quently pays high psy­cho­log­i­cal div­i­dends. How­ever, be cau­tious – weigh up the pros and cons as it might be far bet­ter to demon­strate your own val­ues, such as em­pa­thy or for­give­ness, be­fore cut­ting them off com­pletely.' Deep breath – here are the do’s and don’ts of dump­ing…

DO take your time to think about it

If you’ve been friends with some­one for a re­ally long time it might be worth giv­ing it an­other shot. Some peo­ple do de­serve one last chance.

Don’t DO it by email

You need to talk face to face and treat them with re­spect, even if you don’t want to see them any more.

DO ar­range to meet up at a neu­tral Venue

It’s im­por­tant that you get every­thing off your chest, but be sure to do it in a quiet, calm place.

Don’t in­volve Oth­ers

You don’t want to be friends with them any longer, but that doesn’t mean all your other mates have to get dragged in.

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