7 Ways to End Your Relationship as Peacefully as Possible

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4. Find a Neutral Setting

The best place to have “the talk” is a private, neutral setting where the two of you will have the privacy to freely express yourselves and show your emotions. Restaurants and other public places are generally a bad idea. The last thing you want is your partner weeping, yelling or calling you names in front of a live audience.  Approach the topic when both of you are calm and rational and don’t announce your intention to break up during a heated argument or a moment of anger. On the other hand, if you are afraid that your partner may react violently, definitely end your relationship in a public setting where you can call for help if necessary. Never break up with someone at work. And avoid at all costs ending a relationship over the phone, via email or with a “Dear John” letter. You’re not in high school. If you are going to end a relationship with someone, have the courage and the decency to do it face to face.

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