Sometimes, when dealing with a tumultuous breakup, we think it best to get over a person by reflecting on painful memories, upsetting past events and all of their negative qualities. The reasoning behind this method is that reflecting on the negatives of the relationship becomes the prodding rod that keeps you from going backward. Focusing on the pain or upset the person caused in your life is used to solidify acceptance of the breakup, and therefore such negative thinking is deemed a good thing.
However, I find this philosophy to be extremely flawed. Negativity breeds negativity! If you reflect on the pain of the past, it will punish your future. Such focus will keep you in a state of resentment toward your ex. It may also induce feelings of victimization, as you dwell on the issues that the person brought about in your life. It will undoubtedly embitter you toward similar people in the future, and may cause you to become cynical toward relationships in general. Worst of all, it will negatively impact your self-confidence. This is because, in essence, no matter what negative qualities your ex had, YOU CHOSE that person. When it is all said and done, that negative reflection reveals more of your own flaws than it does the person that it is aimed toward!
My suggestion is to, instead of reflecting on the negatives of the relationship, reflect on the positives. You were with that person for a reason. In the midst of all that went wrong, there were some things that went right. You enjoyed something about the person, otherwise you would not have been with them in the first place. When hurt and/or anger begins to rise up in you, you should reflect on the good things about the relationship and kill those negative emotions. This kind of positive retrospection will cause you to rebound much faster. It will create a positive intrinsic environment, which is very therapeutic. It will build your self-confidence, as you commend yourself on choosing the qualities that you liked in the person. Most importantly though, it builds hope for the future. It will provide a positive outlook toward future relationships and reassure you of your ability to choose a partner that you will enjoy being with.
Focusing on why you were with that person will help you look for those same qualities in your next prospect. It can also help you evaluate the breakup, and whether or not reconciliation should be considered. Even if you decide not to reconcile, at least you won’t have a flashback, on a lonely night, six months down the road, and suddenly remember all of the wonderful things about your ex. Then, in an emotional overload, rekindle a toxic relationship!
As long as you do not allow your retrospection to become reminiscent, (evaluate the past, don’t daydream about it) you don’t have to worry about your fond memories causing you to go running back to your ex. In your evaluation, you will calmly remember that the relationship ended for a reason. However, if you remember all of the wonderful things about your ex at the onset of the breakup, and still choose to move forward, then you will know you made a solid and well thought out decision. A well thought out decision requires just as much evaluation to “undo”, preventing rash, emotional reconciliations that lead to repeated break ups, with the same person.
As you can see, the benefits of positive reflection after a breakup far outweigh the detriment of “ex-bashing”. So keep it positive, even after a difficult breakup, and you will attract Mr. or Mrs. Right sooner than you think. You may even discover, that you had him or her all along!
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