I recently had the pleasure to watch an Independent Film/Documentary out of the UK called “A Complete History of My Sexual Failures” and I found it brilliant! The director and main character of the film had the idea of going around to all his ex-girlfriends to see why they all broke up with him. Needless to say the majority of them didn’t want to speak with him, but some did and went on to tell him why he was a selfish ass and not an ideal boyfriend at all … oh and he was awful in bed. That’ll do it! It’s hilarious, awkward and strange all rolled into one. You should watch it if you have the chance, it’s on NetFlix. Anyway, it got me thinking, would I want to know why all those men broke up with me? I have to say I have done my fair share of dumping too, would I tell them why?
Why Do People Break Up?
People break up generally because they are no longer happy in their current arrangement. Their needs aren’t being met and things just aren’t moving in a positive direction. Obviously it’s better when it’s mutual, but typically it isn’t and the other person is left feeling confused and upset, especially if there is no closure. Sometimes there’s no real reason for breaking up, just the end of feelings or not wanting to be with the person anymore and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, people always want to know why. They want answers. But we all know, the truth hurts, so is it worth it, or, is ignorance bliss?
I polled my Twitter and Facebook followers a couple of times to see what they thought and almost everyone who responded wanted the closure that came with knowing WHY. However, some really didn’t want to know and others didn’t have faith that they would get the real answer anyway. Like the protagonist of the movie I mentioned, they wanted to know what happened. What do I personally think? I think I would want to know why. I need that closure or else it’s just an open wound festering for longer than it needs to. If it was mutual then no need to for answers, we both didn’t want to be together, but if someone up and disappeared on me, or hurt me badly I want to know why. I always extend that courtesy to someone I’ve broken up with. It’s only fair that they know and more often than not it goes well.
Is There a Benefit to Knowing Why They Broke Up With Us?
I really do think there is a benefit to knowing why they broke with us. I’ll tell you why. Getting constructive feedback from others benefits us greatly, not only are we able to correct our actions, we can learn about what works and doesn’t work with us. Let’s admit it, we don’t always like hearing it, because, you know, we’re perfect and we were the ideal partner … or were we? Just doing self assessments I see lots of things I did wrong and things I could have done differently in relationships, imagine what THEY were thinking. I know depending on what stage of my life I was in I could have been unknowingly clingy, distant or even bossy (cue friends saying “Suzie bossy? Never!). We’re not perfect, we all make mistakes. The important thing is to LEARN from them, so getting constructive feedback after a breakup is beneficial. That’s what the protagonist in the movie learned as well. He didn’t realize how horrible at relationships he was until he heard it from several of his exes.
How To Give Constructive Feedback
Gently! In order for it to not look like criticism or attack, you need to be kind and gentle about it. It also has to be information specific and related to the relationship, don’t bring in outside influencers or events. So here are some points to remember:
- Keep it on topic.
- Base it on truthful, factual observations, not suspicions or hearsay.
- It has to benefit them in some way.
- Say how the action made you feel (“when you did this I felt that”)
- Speak about what you liked about them not only what you didn’t.
- Be direct and get to the point quickly.
- Don’t send mixed messages that might be interpreted differently.
These points are also beneficial when you’re in a relationship and want to discuss an issue before it becomes a big problem. These techniques have worked for me both in my personal and professional life and I think can benefit you too. Try it, what have you got to lose?
So, do you really want to know why they broke up with you? How do you do it? Let’s discuss in the comments!!
Your Sister in Dating Bliss,
Single Dating Diva
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