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Breaking off an an engagement is not an easy decision. But, if you feel something is amiss, stand up and say no. The author guides us on how to break off an engagement sensitively.
A wedding is an affair of massive cultural importance in most communities. While the execution and ceremonies vary, the emotion attached to a marriage is considered sacred and the bond, unbreakable. Yet, data suggests that a fair percentage of marriages are called off post engagement, globally.
Breaking up a relationship is not easy. When it comes to a wedding, it’s quite a quandary. So what does one do when faced with one of the biggest dilemmas of their adult life? How does one say no to the man or woman they are engaged to?
Though we understand that as an adult you appreciate the concept of being an equal partner and would know what’s amiss, there are some invisible red signals, which in many cases people choose to ignore. The most common yet unheeded behavioural indications that calls for action include these:
These are signs of existing in a toxic relationship. It needs effective communication and sometimes therapy to move out.
If everything you do to make it work seems hopeless, it’s time to say no. Irrespective of it being an arranged or love marriage, do not let the big word of ‘engagement’ push you back. If you want out, you owe it to both your selves. Yet, a methodical and sensitive approach needs a mention.
There are counsellors and coaches who can help you be equipped, for a similar situation. There are pre-marital workshops organized by relationship experts, which help partners be aware of situations that could arise in the near future. They also enable the young partners on how to combat it, sensitively.
While the saying NO part is tough, it’s equally tough to avoid a nasty situation. If the technique of communication is effective, there are good chances that both the partners understand the difficulty stemming out of the relationship. This could lead to a peaceful and empathetic resolution.
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