That said, I hope our paths cross again one day and we can say “hi.” Most of the time, the person you say this to will say “okay” and will soon after end the call.
You don't owe anyone the right to be in a relationship with you, even one with hazy boundaries.
Yes, but it's complicated, says Samantha Burns, LMHC, a millennial relationship expert.
"There are so many nuances to dating and entering into a relationship these days, that calling things quits before it ever really takes off can be a confusing situation," Burns says.
Or you could genuinely be friends with the person you're seeing, and you're afraid you'll wreck what you have.
Your reasons for avoiding a talk depend on the circumstances of your relationship, but Burns says she has one rule that usually helps her clients figure out what to do: "If someone expresses interest in meeting up with you, but their feelings are not reciprocated, you owe them a let-down response." Pretty simple advice, but judging by the popularity of ghosting, it's not common practice.
Let’s all agree to work a little harder at breaking it off with someone in a sensitive way so that everybody benefits from positive dating karma!