Interpreting the Goodbye Message
We'd all love to have a guidebook that tells us what's been going wrong in our relationships. Sometimes we obsess about the hidden message behind those last words from our lover. Read on to see if you agree with the translations we've provided. What did your ex-sweetheart say in your final farewell?
Breakup message: You're nice and interesting, but you're really not my type.
Potential translation: I'm not going to make an effort to get to know you better because I don't allow my feelings to get too deep.
Breakup message: I'm not feeling the connection, and I don't think we're really compatible.
Potential translation: I don't feel any chemistry with you; I can't see us involved under the sheets.
Breakup message: You're sweet, and I don't want to hurt you.
Potential translation: I need someone who's more of a challenge and not so accessible.
Breakup message: I'm not ready for a commitment right now.
Potential translation: The thrill of our relationship has worn off, and I'm ready for a new one. Maybe I'll find someone to settle down with, but it's definitely not you.
Breakup message: You're too good for me. You deserve someone better.
Potential translation: I've been seeing someone else on the side, and the passion is overpowering. I'm too much of a coward to tell you.
Breakup message: I've got a lot of stress in my life right now. I need to take a break and deal with it.
Potential translation: I don't feel the same desire for you anymore, so it's not worth my effort. I'd rather spend my energy finding a lover who excites me.
Breakup message: Nothing. No phone call, no text, no e-mail.
Potential translation: I'm too much of a wimp to break up with you. All the time and energy you put into our relationship will go unacknowledged and unappreciated.
No matter how awful or kind the breakup message was, you can twist it into some hurtful interpretation in your post-breakup analysis. But why bother? Why do that to yourself? The ultimate translation: You're not the kind of person who wants to be with that kind of person anymore.
Maybe your lover's hang-ups doomed the relationship to failure. Maybe yours did. The reality is that you two together weren't a great combination after all. So don't obsess about the message. Move on and enjoy your freedom. When the right partner comes along, you'll know it. No translation needed.
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