Translator: Got Dumped?
Find out why he's really ending it
Getting dumped is like falling off your bike: it doesn’t feel very good, but if you ever want to make the X-Games; you’d better get used to it. Fine, almost like falling off your bike. Point is, it happens to everybody, and the best thing to do is get back on your bicycle and ride on. Of course, it doesn’t help if you’ve been fed a bunch of cryptic crap as the dude walked out of your life.
With this in mind, here’s a handy guide to see through the platitudes and figure out what’s really gone wrong.
He says: I’m not ready for a relationship right now.
He means: This is a popular one, and is often followed by how much his last relationship ripped him up. A nice one, as it pretty much absolves you of any responsibility for the relationship’s failure. Unfortunately, it’s almost never true. It takes some pretty hefty outside complications to stop a guy from going for what he wants. “It’s not the right time,” means something a lot closer to “you’re not the right girl.”
He says: I can’t do the long distance thing.
He means: This could mean one of two things: “I don’t want to do the long distance thing,” and, “I don’t know how to do the long distance thing.” Many guys aren’t comfortable spending lengths of time on the phone and communicating well enough to feel secure in a long-distance relationship. It might be worth finding out which one he means before moving on.
He says: We’re at such different places in our lives.
He means: This might be the closest to an honest statement on the list. This could be because he is feeling inferior (socially, professionally, etc.) or that you’re moving too fast in the relationship and the commitment is freaking him out. If he’s feeling it, it could well be true. Whether or not you share his feelings, life circumstances can bring a lot of relationships to an end. Sad but true.
He says: You could do so much better than me.
He means: I could do so much better than you. Guys don’t dump girls because they think the girl’s too good for them. It just doesn’t happen. And this might be one of the crappiest lies you can tell someone while ending a relationship.
He says: We just have different ideas of relationships.
He means: This is true, though he’s leaving out the end of the sentence, which goes, “and I think your ideas suck.” This is really little more than a nice way of saying, “we don’t get along all that well.”
He says: We’re both great people, just not great together.
He means: Not necessarily honest, but an optimistic take on things – a pleasant philosophy of sorts. It is also an invite to make the break-up as mutual as possible. You can do this by agreeing with him, and thanking him for having the courage to do what was best for both of you. Then show him the door.
Written by: Martin Flanagan