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If you are planning to break up a dating relationship, know that you are probably going to hurt that person. Most people are afraid to tell the person they are dating that it has to end; however, if you can be honest with them as soon as you know your true feelings, you both can avoid additional pain. In the end, your former partner will respect your honesty. That being said, being honest does not mean being cruel. When you explain why you feel the relationship has to end, remember your history together and temper your words rather than say something harsh you may regret.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|