I think it’s okay to have feels about how you want to receive rejection. I have opinions on how people “should” approach the act of breaking up. But realistically? Nobody gets to have a preferred mode of rejection. You can’t control how someone tells you goodbye. What you can control, if anything, is seeing the writing on the wall and preparing yourself accordingly.
Dear Captain Awkward,
After a very painful marriage breakup and over 10 years of not dating (for many reasons including mental breakdown, SSRI sexual side effects and being too scared to go back into that shark pool – and yes, I’m currently in therapy) I’ve recently started online dating.
At the end of a recent (first meeting) coffee date, the man indicated that he would like to see me again, but then rang a few hours later to say that he had changed his mind. I am totally ok with him changing his mind, but the call made me feel quite uncomfortable because he seemed unable to just say what he needed to say then get off the phone. I assume he was trying to be polite, that perhaps he thought it was more chivalric than sending a text message or email or just dropping off the face of the…
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