Why Its Called A Break Up
by Amy Waterman, Relationships Expert
A few months ago, I read Greg Behrendt's book on break ups, It's Called A Break up Because It's Broken. I am a huge fan of He's Just Not That Into You, and I expected great things from the sequel.
It disappointed me. Not because the information wasn't good. Not because the style wasn't lively and engaging.
It was simply because nothing was revolutionary.
He's Just Not That Into You revolutionized my perspective on dating. Friends who read it suddenly "got" why previous relationships had dissolved. Greg explains that the simple reason why some relationships stuck together and others didn't was because the guys who are really into you want to be with you ... no matter WHAT.
Why didn't he call after the second date? He just wasn't that into you.
Why did he dump you? Because no matter how he claimed he felt about you, he just wasn't that into you.
Why should you not want him back? Because breaking up with you proved that he's not into you as much as you deserve.
The latter is the entire topic of It's Called a Break up Because It's Broken.
How a woman deals with a break up tests her emotional maturity more than any other scenario. Breaking up: In order to grow as a woman, you MUST learn how to deal with break ups well, without poisoning your ability to love again. That's why studying this topic is so important.
At Triple O Relationships, we receive emails from so many women wanting to know how to get their previous boyfriend back. In fact, it would be fair to say that getting an ex back is one of the top three issues women hope we'll solve.
The problem is that 99.9% of these exes aren't worth having back.
Many of them are abusive, have a personal life in shambles, are already with another woman, or have proven through their actions that they're unable to act in a mature way in a relationship or make the commitment to trying to become a better person and partner.
Yet these women would prefer to be with an imperfect partner than to be alone. Of course they would.
We all prefer the demon we know. Being single again means facing the dating scene, the lack of someone to depend on, no one to cuddle with, and putting on false bravery to one's friends. It is stressful, lonely, and hard to be single. It's an emotional challenge to feel fulfilled when there is no "special someone" in your life to whom you can give the gift of your abundant love.
But Greg's answer to the situation isn't adequate, either.
In his book, Greg tells us, "You deserve better than that ex of yours. He just wasn't that into you; otherwise, he wouldn't have broken up with you. Never settle for that. Demand a man who's truly into you."
Is getting over a break up really that simple?
I don't think it is.
Don Miguel Ruiz, in The Mastery of Love, explains that the amount of abuse we tolerate in a partner is equal to the amount of abuse we heap on ourselves. If a woman is used to telling herself that she's ugly, that she fails at everything she tries, and that she's not capable of performing in the world without someone holding her hand, then she'll accept--and even feel most comfortable with--a man who reinforces these beliefs.
For example, if your partner makes a cutting comment about the horrible dinner you cooked that night, and one of your beliefs about yourself is that you are a bad cook, then you will accept his comment and berate yourself even more for not being better in the kitchen. If, on the other hand, you feel quite self-assured about your competence in the kitchen, you will challenge him on it and refuse to let his rudeness slide.
As a result, many women find it difficult to set higher standards for themselves in the dating world without re-evaluating how well they treat themselves.
Women who have a litany of negative self-comments running through their heads will accept partners who criticize them.
Women who don't value or respect themselves will accept partners who don't value or respect them either.
So what should we do?
Greg does his best to pump up our self-esteem. He calls us all "Superfoxes." He wants all of us women grieving over break ups to believe that we are totally hot babes who deserve princes. But (to point out the obvious) Greg doesn't know each of his readers personally. Greg's belief that I am a Superfox isn't enough to transform whatever personal beliefs I have inside about myself.
The 000 Relationships perspective on break ups is much more simple. Yes, women need to improve their sense of self-worth. Yes, women need to set realistically high standards when choosing partners. However, the only thing that women need to know when a break up occurs is this.
It wasn't meant to be.
Can I repeat that? It wasn't meant to be.
If he decides that he no longer wants to be with you, then clearly it wasn't meant to be.
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Let me explain.
A relationship is composed of two people. When one of those people backs out, then there is no longer a relationship. Even if the two people decide at a later date to get back together, they aren't simply continuing the old relationship. That's over. They are starting a new relationship, with new rules, that may be completely different from what they had in the past.
The number one thing women need when a break up occurs is faith that things are happening as they are meant to happen, according to the Divine Plan that the Divine Power has for each one of us.
For me, my faith in the Divine helps me accept when life takes a different path to the one I desire. It doesn't mean I'm fatalistic. On the contrary. When I am in a relationship, I am actively seeking to improve it, to be the best partner I can be, and to grow in love.
But I am in the relationship ONLY to give my gift of love and learn how to give that gift better. I am NOT in the relationship to ask for what I give to be given back to me.
Most people, unfortunately, operate on the barter principle of love.
I'll give you love if you give me love.
If I give you love that isn't returned, then you owe me.
If I give you love, and you throw it back in my face and walk away, then I have the right to hate you, because you're a bad person for not wanting to accept my love.
That's just plain ugly.
If you want to learn to face a break up maturely and grow even more beautiful, more loving, and more open as a result, then this is what you need to do.
Love through the break up. Love him. Love him even though he isn't yours. Send all your love to him as best wishes for his future. Use the opportunity to grow in love and embrace all that was best in yourself when you were with him.
Don't let the poison of the dying relationship enter your soul. Don't take away from the relationship the arguments, the hurtful things he said or did, and the mistakes made. You can forget those now. It's over.
Just take away the beautiful things. Take away how you felt in your best moments. Take away how you felt your heart open, how you learned to give him more than you'd ever given anyone else.
Then let him go with love.
I firmly believe that whatever happens, happens for a reason, and I trust that the reason lies in the Divine. I don't have to know why a man broke up with me; I simply have faith that God is leading us both down the right path for each of us.
So when a man breaks up with you, all you need to do is recognize that this particular relationship wasn't meant to be (even though you may start a new one later down the track with the same person) and let the decision rest with the Divine. Believe, if it helps, that he wasn't the one who dumped you; it was the Divine Spirit acting through him for the benefit of you both.
It's called a break up because life has different paths for you at the moment. Breakups don't have to hurt. They're only about rejection if you make them about rejection. You have the power inside yourself to decide how you are going to make meaning of the end of your relationship.
If you are a mature woman, you will bid him goodbye and bless his future with all of your continued love, and then you will turn to the Divine and meditate on the what possible plan the Divine has for you that requires your newfound freedom.
If you are like most women, you will despise him, transform all the love you once had into hate, focus on the pain, and let your self-esteem plummet in the face of rejection.
Which choice do you prefer?
About the author:
Amy Waterman is a professional writer specializing in attraction, dating, and relationships. She has extensive experience in helping women find love with her insightful and powerful secrets into attracting love and making relationships work. She is currently the host of
"How To Be Irresistible To Men,"
the latest edition of which is part of the 000Relationships Network.