Sometimes these relationships can be salvaged. Whether it's a friendship or a romantic relationship, assertiveness training, conflict resolution and other relationship skills can help. But if the other person just isn't in a place where they can be good for you, or if it just isn't a healthy match, it's best to let go of these relationships.
How can you know when it's time to 'dump your jerk', or let that unhealthy friendship go (or draw up some serious boundaries)? Here are some resources to help.
- The Toll of Conflict: Read up on all the ways that ongoing conflict in your life can wreak havoc. (Then do something about it!)
- Conflict Resolution: If you want to try to make the relationship better before deciding whether or not to call it quits, here's help.
- What Not To Do: And for the antithesis of effective conflict resolution, here are some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to resolve conflict in their relationships.
- Letting Go: Not sure when--or how--to let go of a relationship that feels like it might be bad for your emotional health? This article is designed to help you sort it out.
Have you let a relationship go recently? Are you contemplating cutting ties? What made you want to call it quits, and how did you do it? Leave your answer in the comments or the Stress Management Forum. (You can use a mysterious alias if you like!)
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