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Maintaining friendships with ex's

I'm afraid I'm not very good at maintaining relationships with former sweeties. In a number of cases I am theoretically willing to, but neither of us puts effort into it. In other cases when the relationship ends I just don't see anything left that is worth maintaining. I feel cold about it, but there it is.

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sashajwolf
Aug. 26th, 2001 02:47 am (UTC)
Seeble. I don't seem to be doing too well in that direction with the Most Recent Ex, either, and I'm not even in touch with any of my other ex-partners... with the exception of ciphergoth, who did recently become a playpartner again after eight years during which we only talked to each other about twice, due to some very serious disagreements. So I know that anything can change, given enough time, and I'm taking a very long-term view with the MREx. Putting effort in now would actually be counterproductive, I think.
firecat
Aug. 26th, 2001 07:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you reconnected with one of your exes and that you're not stressing over the others.

I love your user icon.
jenett
Aug. 27th, 2001 04:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I have that problem.

I'm on good terms with two of the three other people in my first quad (those being, obviously, Darkhawk and husband) but I haven't talked to my ex-fiance in years, and I've deliberately cut off all contact with both my local ex and his wife.

Me, I think it depends on why the breakup happened. If the breakup is a "Oh, we're going in different directions" then that's one thing, but if (as in the two relationships where I'm no longer in any communication), on one hand there was a lot of emotionally abusive stuff going on, and on the other, there were communications problems that no matter how I tried to fix them, my trying to fix them made them *worse*. Ditto for things like basic betrayal of trust, manipulation, etc.

Anyway, if it's the latter set of things, then I think the best thing may well be to walk away. People who do those kinds of things *aren't* people I want to have in my life, even as friends. That's just the way it is. I don't have enough free time to want to spend it with people I don't trust and can't rely on to be reasonably trauma free relationships.
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