Separating is part of a relationship … sooner or later.
Contact us for help separating and recovering peacefully.
Saying Goodbye to Inappropriate People
Have you ever liked someone but you felt that the relationship wasn’t right for a long term relationship? Or do you want to end a long-term relationship right now? Are you wasting too much time and energy? Do you love an unavailable person? Perhaps you manage a team and it’s time to break it up. Can you say Goodbye and move on?
We help people solve partnership and team problems and sometimes we help couples and teams separate peacefully. People often follow predictable steps as they cope with a relationship breakdown. (See also Divorce Coaching).
People who find that separation is terribly stressful rarely know how to say Goodbye. Some people, especially those who felt abandoned or rejected as children, may feel stuck for years! We coach people to evaluate, change and end inappropriate relationships … as mature adults.
It’s not a question of willpower, its a question of congruence. Do all parts of you want to say Goodbye? (Probably not, or you wouldn’t be reading this!) Maybe some parts of you still love, or are entangled with the person you are leaving. We can help you findemotional freedom and move on with your life.
Healthy Partnership – or Crisis?
In Western countries, over half of first marriages end in divorce, and even more second or subsequent partnerships end with separation. Ignoring partnership conflicts is unhealthy and expensive. Learn some signs of a partnership in crisis … and wake up!
|Healthy Partnership||Partnership in Crisis|
|Partners show appreciation and gratitude to each other||One or both are often dissociated, irritated, depressed or critical|
|Partners respond to most verbal and nonverbal communications||One or both ignore, avoid or shorten most communications|
|Partners review events in their history||They rarely review their relationship history|
|Partners greet after time apart and ask about each other’s activities and other news||They rarely interact when together, without even silent intimacy|
|Partners enjoy meeting each other’s needs for passion, intimacy and commitment||One or both often ignore or even criticize the other’s goals and needs|
|Partners discuss goals and dreams, finding shared values and creating shared meanings.||They rarely discuss goals, values or dreams|
|Partners share meals and housework together||They often eat or clean alone|
|Partners prefer to go out together||They generally prefer to go out alone|
|Partners create projects which require committed cooperation||One or both often avoid, ignore or give small attention to shared projects|
|They wish to stay together to enjoy sharing partnership and parenthood happiness||One or both want to separate but cannot because of guilt, fear or other constraints|
|They respect most of each other’s choices and decisions, and politely discuss differences||One or both show contempt for the other’s decisions and angrily demand changes|
|Partners want happiness together||One or both prefer to be alone|
Where are healthy role models for saying “Goodbye“? Many people try to copy shallow television or movie role models for ending relationships. Many people repeat the drama of their parents, relatives and friends. Clever people get quality coaching.
Say “Goodbye” to speed Recovery
Some people not only lack training and experience in partnership, they hardly suspect that partnership skills exist. Immature people often say that happy couples are luckyand that unhappy couples are just unlucky.
Most relationship problems seem to begin long before a partnership! Not only do many people lack training, they carry emotional baggage from past disappointments. Unresolved emotional problems can sabotage your present and future happiness!
If you are considering ending an intimate relationship or partnership, especially with someone you still have strong feelings for, it doesn’t have to be so unpleasant. Your questions may include:
- Can we still be friends?
- How can I effectively end contact?
- How can I find another intimate partner?
- How can I deal with my and his/her pain?
- What can I do if this person threatens me?
- What can I do with my memories and dreams?
- What about this stuff that he or she left with me?
- How can I deal with feelings of loneliness or of loss?
- What can I do if he/she acts childishly or plays victim games?
- How much more time do I want to invest in this relationship?
Avoid saying, “It’s me, not you”, during a break-up. Although this may seem easier than telling someone that he or she is inappropriate or immature; if you allow the other person to understand who you are and what you want, you will likely feel more mature and confident later.
Avoid blaming the other person … or yourself. Try to be truthful, tactful … and blunt. Remember your reasons for leaving. Explain clearly if the other person doesn’t seem to get it. Remain strong – avoid emotional blackmail to get what you want.
Infatuation, Disenchantment & Recovery
Unlike love, infatuation reaches a peak and then diminishes. Reality intrudes when couples make ordinary, everyday decisions. While love can grow as partners fulfill responsibilities together, romantic fantasies may be threatened by daily chores, in which infatuation is replaced by boredom. Contact us to evaluate your partnership and to explore your options for recovery.
Complaining and Nagging
Motivation to separate often concerns complaints, conflicts and arguments. While all couples disagree sometimes, healthy partners can manage their conflicts quickly or benefit from our coaching. Many people focus on their logic or the emotional impact of their arguments – rather than on seeking solutions that increase intimacy.
Separation … What can you learn? How can you benefit?
You display your maturity when you communicate. Do you criticize your ex-partner? Do you complain about your ex to anyone who might listen? How you behave when a relationship ends may set a pattern for your next relationship!
After separation, mature adults often choose a relationship-free period; while dependent people quickly jump into new relationships and immature people obsess about revenge and punishment. A failed partnership does not mean that either partner is a failure. Contact us if you want better relationships.