词汇：love and friendship 爱情与友谊
Breaking upis hard to do – or so some people say. If you’re in arelationshipbut not asloved-upas you once were, when is the right time tocall it a day? The longer the relationship, the harder it can be. But once you do make the break, is it still possible to maintain afriendshipwith your ex-partner?
When you’ve beendumped, the classic line that’s often used is ‘let’s just be friends’. That can be eitherwishful thinkingor something to soften the blow of bad news. However, when youfellmadlyin lovewith your partner all those weeks, months or years ago, it would have been hard to imagine you’d fall out of love. And so salvaging something from that time, and remaining friends, could be a good thing to do.
It’s good if a break-up isamicable– it avoids the hate, pain and anger that can eat away at us and affect our mental health. If you can accept you’ve had some good times but it’s time tomove on, then all the better – besides, you won’t have to cancel your ex-partner from social media or delete their name from your contacts! If you can appreciate themutualinterests you had then there’s no reason why you can’t continue aplatonicrelationship.
But holding onto the past and staying friends doesn’t always work – you just have to accept you and your partner just weren’tcompatible, therefore it’s best to give each other space, to look forward, and try to get anyromanticfeelings you once hadout of your system. And according to some, staying friends with your ex isn’t a good option. Marie-Claire Chappet told the BBC, “It does nothing but prolong the pain of the break-up”.
Helen Fisher, a neurologist at the Kinsey Institute who’s been studying the psychology in relationships, also told the BBC: “The way to accelerate mending abroken heartis similar to treating addiction – you put away their things, stop looking at their social media and have no contact with them.”
So, maybe it’s time to get in touch with your real friends, instead of seeking friendship with ‘a ghost from the past’.词汇表
break up 分手relationship 恋爱关系loved-up 恩爱的call it a day 结束，到此为止friendship 友谊dump 甩掉（恋人）wishful thinking 一厢情愿fall in love 坠入爱河amicable 不伤和气的move on 接受（分手的）现实，向前看mutual 共同的platonic （柏拉图式）纯精神友谊的compatible 合得来，适合彼此romantic 与爱情相关的，浪漫的out of your system 摆脱，赶走broken heart “心碎”