Is it worth it staying friends with an ex? is a question typically asked by anyone in the midst of a breakup, and unfortunately, it’s never an easy one to answer.
Remaining friends with someone you shared a life with can inhibit your ability to move on to a meaningful and compatible relationship with someone else, especially if you either consciously or unconsciously yearn to get back together with them.
Following a breakup, it’s necessary to take time to yourself, whether it’s because you need to mope, reflect, or just move on. Being in contact with your ex could interfere with your ability to do just that. Remaining friends with your ex also has the potential to leave you feeling insecure and jealous when you see them with someone new.
Why put yourself in a situation where you’re constantly needing to suppress both valid and negative emotions?
How did you breakup?
Was it amiable? Was it mutual?
Did someone suffer in the relationship more than the other?
How does staying friends benefit either of you?