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Should You Stay Friends With an Ex? Experts say...

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Few relationship questions are as polarizing as whether or not you should stay friends with an ex. For every person who tries to salvage the good and forget the bad, there’s another who’d rather move on and never look back. Anecdotal evidence feeds arguments on both sides — but what do the experts say?

Rachel Sussman, a New York City-based psychotherapist and author of The Breakup Bible, advises caution when it comes to staying friends, but says there are couples for whom it works; ultimately, she says, it’s “an individual determination.” Nonetheless, Sussman says there are some guidelines all exes should follow after a breakup. http://time.com/5320054/stay-friends-with-ex-expert-advice/?utm_medium=social&xid=time_socialflow_facebook&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=time
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anything can be possible in human relationships depending on the wants and abilities of the parties involved. I always want to stay connected to those I have loved. Butthis can prove to be quite complicated and complex, especially when you move on and start seeing other people...
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Do you think it's wise to remain friends with an ex?
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NO. There is a reason why they're called"ex".
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Nope - but cordial to get along, especially if you have children with the person.
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I agree, if there are kids you should try to remain friends. Better for the kids
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A flower of friendship will never ever grow from a dead love.
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I know I personally never could. If ever I loved someone (and this goes back over 60 years ago to my first love at 14!) somewhere in my heart I love them still. If I have a chance to connect with them I will. If he does the reaching out I respond or if something makes me think of him I may drop a “Hello, I’m thinking of you” line or an email.
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Depends on the people and relationship. If you're both mature grown-ups, why not?
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