How to Break Up With Someone Without Breaking Them

Lessons I learned from good and bad endings.

Carlyn Beccia
Published in
6 min readFeb 21, 2024

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Edvard Munch's The Heart (1898–1899) | Public Domain

Last year, I had lunch with an old coworker after her supposedly "toxic" relationship ended. We will just call her Bertha.

Before those loosen-the-lips Martinis even hit the table, Bertha showed me hilarious text messages she had sent her ex-boyfriend after their breakup.

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Carlyn Beccia
Heart Affairs

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com