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After nearly four years of what I thought was a loving, caring and genuinely happy relationship, my girlfriend said 3 days ago that she loves me, but she doesn't know if she's in love with me.

Wow.

She tells me, somewhat out of the blue, that lately she's been feeling like she's drifing away from me, that our relationship seems based on convenience, and that it isn't going anywhere.

The thing is though, that as far as relationships go, we've had it pretty good: we see each other often, get on well with each others' families, we're openly affectionate with each other (in public, after nearly 4 years!!), have sex frequently, and hardly ever fight. And when we do fight, we listen to and respect each other's point of view.

She tells me she's had phases of doubt in the past that have dissapated, but this one is more solid.

A few weeks ago she was chatting casually to her boss about us, when he abruptly told her it wouldn't last. She's also been catching up with a friend of hers more recently, and he's just come out of a long, stable relationship. I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

I asked her if I had (or hadn't) done anything to make her feel this way and she said no. I told her to think about it, and now I'm going over to her place tomorrow, and I just can't shake this feeling of impending doom.

TL:DR Has anyone, especially guys, had this sense of 'about to break up' doom too? And is there any way to prepare for it or make it easier?

I am really sorry to hear about this. It is going to hurt. Now would be a good time to surround yourself with awesome friends, food, stuff and do that thing that you have always planned to do but never got around to.

The pain and emptiness will go away after some time.

At the end of the day, we all deserve to be with somebody who wants us

The main thing is to try to be calm about it, don't freak out. Listen to her explain and respect her feelings. Don't freak out or beg or anything. Obviously, there're going to be tears and questions but try not to lose it, okay?

You haven't done anything wrong so there's nothing you can change or fix, she just doesn't have the same feelings for you anymore. I assume you're fairly young (twenties) and it's just the passage of time that has changed her feelings. What you describe as being a good solid relationship can often be too comfortable or monotonous for people our age, there's no surprise or nothing new.

If it is over, just give her the space she's looking for. Who knows, she may decide that she's made a mistake. She might not but she'll only figure that out with space.

I'm sorry though, it's always a shitty experience.

Colour-Scientist:
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yeah this, there doesnt seem to be much you can do

(is your avatar from blackbooks?)

Squilookle:
A few weeks ago she was chatting casually to her boss about us, when he abruptly told her it wouldn't last. She's also been catching up with a friend of hers more recently, and he's just come out of a long, stable relationship. I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

The way I'd see it, it doesn't reflect well on you to assume that her concerns are not genuine, that she's willing to throw a good thing away just because of what she's hearing other people say. Especially when she has given you reasons that she's uncertain that have nothing to do with these other people. But, if that is the case, aren't you better off without her? I know I wouldn't want to be in a relationship with someone who was that easy to influence, who I couldn't trust to make up her own mind about what she wants.

Squilookle:
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Unfortunately I was pretty much in this exact situation as recently as last week.

Yes it does seem like this is going to end, and I honestly can't express just how sorry I am for you because I'm currently going through the pain of a breakup and there is no doubt that this is going to hurt like hell.
There is nothing you can really do to make it easier on yourself, you love someone and have loved them for a long time and when they walk out your life you are going to feel like there is a big part of you missing.

As for her maybe being influenced by other peoples relationship woes, I think if she uses this as a reason why she wants to leave, don't believe her. If she really felt that way she wouldn't be in any relationship ever. In my experience women just try to use excuses like these to soften the blow of the fact that there is probably someone else. (not all women are like this, but from my experiences this is pretty much the exact reason)

All I can say to you is that you are certainly not alone in this and if things do end up ending and you need a chat, you can always talk to me since I know exactly what you'll be going through.

Best of luck.

As long as you come out the other side with your pride intact then all is well.

Stiff upper lip and all that.

I know it probably doesn't help, but I think it's important to bear in mind that the vast number of relationships that anyone has don't last. Look happily on the time you had together and try to accept that, especially if you start seeing eachother at a young age, sometimes you're just going to grow apart.

Talk, listen and try to understand her point of view. But, of course, know that when there's feelings involved, it's not always going to make sense. If she's not happy, for whatever reason, then there may not be anything you can do about it. Her feelings aren't always going to mirror yours even if it does appear that you've existed in the same situation for years now.

Oh, and cake. Cake always helps.

Capcha: Describe this brand with any word(s): Coors
Yes, Capcha, I suppose beer works too.

I'd advise staying off facebook or whatever for awhile. Passive aggressive status messages dont do much except make you look foolish. I know it sucks now, but most of the time these things work out for the best.

Out of curiosity are you two graduating from college or anything like that? People tend to go bugfuck crazy at events like that.

Squilookle:
After nearly four years of what I thought was a loving, caring and genuinely happy relationship, my girlfriend said 3 days ago that she loves me, but she doesn't know if she's in love with me.

Wow.

She tells me, somewhat out of the blue, that lately she's been feeling like she's drifing away from me, that our relationship seems based on convenience, and that it isn't going anywhere.

The thing is though, that as far as relationships go, we've had it pretty good: we see each other often, get on well with each others' families, we're openly affectionate with each other (in public, after nearly 4 years!!), have sex frequently, and hardly ever fight. And when we do fight, we listen to and respect each other's point of view.

She tells me she's had phases of doubt in the past that have dissapated, but this one is more solid.

A few weeks ago she was chatting casually to her boss about us, when he abruptly told her it wouldn't last. She's also been catching up with a friend of hers more recently, and he's just come out of a long, stable relationship. I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

I asked her if I had (or hadn't) done anything to make her feel this way and she said no. I told her to think about it, and now I'm going over to her place tomorrow, and I just can't shake this feeling of impending doom.

TL:DR Has anyone, especially guys, had this sense of 'about to break up' doom too? And is there any way to prepare for it or make it easier?

To make it easier:
Approach her upfront and talk to her:
"[ Insert "this is how I feel about you ]",
"[ This is how I view our relationship ] ",
"[This is what I think about a future with you ]"
"Do you want to break up?"

No excuses, no BS, just be direct and for fuck's sake, be honest.

I find this to be much easier than waiting for her to make up her mind.

Thanks for the kind words so far, everyone- they're already helping. I will let you all know how it plays out.

Katatori-kun:

Squilookle:
I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

The way I'd see it, it doesn't reflect well on you to assume that her concerns are not genuine, that she's willing to throw a good thing away just because of what she's hearing other people say. Especially when she has given you reasons that she's uncertain that have nothing to do with these other people. But, if that is the case, aren't you better off without her? I know I wouldn't want to be in a relationship with someone who was that easy to influence, who I couldn't trust to make up her own mind about what she wants.

When I say 'worried'- I don't mean it's my assumption necessarily- it's more my wild worst-case-scenario fears. As for her being easily influenced, she's been on the pill much of our relationship, which has affected her emotionally. We jointly decided to switch to condoms this year to see if it helped, and this new outlook on our relationship could either be completely real or mistaken for a clear feeling because she's free of any effects of the pill. I realise this is highly unlikely and I almost certainly don't know what I'm talking about, but... I'm frightened. I'm searching for reasons in places they may not even be.

Comocat:

Out of curiosity are you two graduating from college or anything like that? People tend to go bugfuck crazy at events like that.

Not quite- I'm 27, she's 22. She's just graduated from Uni and is taking a year off study, as her thesis writing was very stressful for her last year, as she had a horrible supervisor.

Do you think her graduating might have something to do with it? She's considering returning to uni next year for a Dip Ed.

Calibanbutcher:

Squilookle:
After nearly four years of what I thought was a loving, caring and genuinely happy relationship, my girlfriend said 3 days ago that she loves me, but she doesn't know if she's in love with me.

Wow.

She tells me, somewhat out of the blue, that lately she's been feeling like she's drifing away from me, that our relationship seems based on convenience, and that it isn't going anywhere.

The thing is though, that as far as relationships go, we've had it pretty good: we see each other often, get on well with each others' families, we're openly affectionate with each other (in public, after nearly 4 years!!), have sex frequently, and hardly ever fight. And when we do fight, we listen to and respect each other's point of view.

She tells me she's had phases of doubt in the past that have dissapated, but this one is more solid.

A few weeks ago she was chatting casually to her boss about us, when he abruptly told her it wouldn't last. She's also been catching up with a friend of hers more recently, and he's just come out of a long, stable relationship. I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

I asked her if I had (or hadn't) done anything to make her feel this way and she said no. I told her to think about it, and now I'm going over to her place tomorrow, and I just can't shake this feeling of impending doom.

TL:DR Has anyone, especially guys, had this sense of 'about to break up' doom too? And is there any way to prepare for it or make it easier?

To make it easier:
Approach her upfront and talk to her:
"[ Insert "this is how I feel about you ]",
"[ This is how I view our relationship ] ",
"[This is what I think about a future with you ]"
"Do you want to break up?"

No excuses, no BS, just be direct and for fuck's sake, be honest.

I find this to be much easier than waiting for her to make up her mind.

This ,good lord do what this man says .

Walk in , say what this man told you to say . Wait for the response . If all goes well you hug her and everything is fine. If not , you hug her , and leave with your head up high likr a boss . Then when you get far enough and no one is around you , let it all out .

Two weeks ago, my girlfriend of 6 years broke up with me. I sort of knew it was coming for a couple of days, but there's not much that can prepare you for the actual talk. I've taken it pretty well, I must say, but I think that's as a result of one thing - talking. We spoke for hours about why we were breaking up; what we wanted in the future, the present and life in general and how we felt about each other. We were still in love, but it was becoming more obvious as time went on that we were not aiming for the same goals.

No matter how a break-up pans out, they suck balls. It's impossible to feel good about a break-up. It is, however, possible to feel that it was the right thing to do. If the two of you can sit down and just talk about how you both feel, what you both want from the relationship, and what you both want for the future, it will become increasingly clear which way you should go.

Short version, just talk to her. That is really all that can be done. Hopefully that helps in some way

It might pass. I've been there - on her end - where you start questioning where you are, where you're going, if the people with you now will fit then. Sometimes it just passes, and I don't know a woman who hasn't been there in a long term situation. I honestly think this is why they invented marriage. Men are unfaithful in body, but women tend to be unfaithful in their heads or their hearts, but often times very little comes of it but a rough patch. She's put time into you, that's not something we walk away from lightly - IF we aren't pushed. If pushed, most times it results in a walk in my experience. Part of this whole dance is asking someone for a push one way or another. Good luck to you, I hope you both find the happiness you seek.

krazykidd:

Calibanbutcher:

Squilookle:
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I definitely agree with these two, that is the best way to go about it. The biggest problem I can foresee is if she decides to say something like "I don't know/I'm not sure yet" ...lines like that can make it very awkward for a relationship but my advice if she says that is to end it yourself and leave. If she ends up being hesitant like that then I think you're better off ending it.

As for advice, when my ex broke up with me after ~3 1/2 years, I managed to keep it composed till I made it home, let it all out in my room and promptly proceeded to have a gaming marathon to distract myself. I played games I loved and have beaten many times before, it gave my something somewhat physical to do while my mind kind of turned off and processed what had happened. When I finished my little marathon I was pretty well over the break-up (not to say I wasn't feeling sad about the whole thing still, but it wasn't as debilitating as it was initially to me)

I wish you all the best with this, good luck and no matter what happens keep your head up high!

Squilookle:
After nearly four years of what I thought was a loving, caring and genuinely happy relationship, my girlfriend said 3 days ago that she loves me, but she doesn't know if she's in love with me.

Wow.

She tells me, somewhat out of the blue, that lately she's been feeling like she's drifing away from me, that our relationship seems based on convenience, and that it isn't going anywhere.

The thing is though, that as far as relationships go, we've had it pretty good: we see each other often, get on well with each others' families, we're openly affectionate with each other (in public, after nearly 4 years!!), have sex frequently, and hardly ever fight. And when we do fight, we listen to and respect each other's point of view.

She tells me she's had phases of doubt in the past that have dissapated, but this one is more solid.

A few weeks ago she was chatting casually to her boss about us, when he abruptly told her it wouldn't last. She's also been catching up with a friend of hers more recently, and he's just come out of a long, stable relationship. I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

I asked her if I had (or hadn't) done anything to make her feel this way and she said no. I told her to think about it, and now I'm going over to her place tomorrow, and I just can't shake this feeling of impending doom.

TL:DR Has anyone, especially guys, had this sense of 'about to break up' doom too? And is there any way to prepare for it or make it easier?

whatever may happen, do not beg and do not cry in front of her. (its a double standard, but you cant change much about it)
this makes things worse. try to get a grip and move on.

but i am not here to give you all doom and gloom. just talk to her. maybe you got it all wrong.

and it is likely that partners break up after somewhat life changing events (accident, graduations etc.). but it doesnt mean that it will happen.

but again, DO NOT beg, cry or say that you might do something to yourself (threaten).
or you might even lose more when it should come to a break up.

Squilookle:

TL:DR Has anyone, especially guys, had this sense of 'about to break up' doom too? And is there any way to prepare for it or make it easier?

Have it right now dude under similar circumstances but with different causes.

4 years of relative simplicity and a near abscence of conflict and it's all kind of going to hell really fast and it kinda sucks. Though there's a bit more to it than that and external factors apply I'm not here to whine about my own life.

The best advice I can give you is that these things happen, try mourn the loss of it in advance to lessen the impact or something if it does happen, but it may not, it could just be a phase that will pass. If it happens it happens and it's gonna suck but you'll get through and eventually move on.

Maybe try and ignore that feeling of doom and don't let it negatively impact your relationship and just hope for the best.

I hope it works out for you dude. If it doesn't, such is life and I'm sure your friends and good old mr jimothy beam will be there for you.

Calibanbutcher:

To make it easier:
Approach her upfront and talk to her:
"[ Insert "this is how I feel about you ]",
"[ This is how I view our relationship ] ",
"[This is what I think about a future with you ]"
"Do you want to break up?"

No excuses, no BS, just be direct and for fuck's sake, be honest.

I find this to be much easier than waiting for her to make up her mind.

This, this, this, so much this. It's no fun sitting in your house with the curtains closed, waiting on the apocalypse. Go out on the roof with your sunglasses on.

Being direct saves you so much long-term pain. All the insecurities that come from not confronting it are enough to kill a life. She needs to know how you feel just as much as you need to know how she feels. Don't guilt-trip her, don't try and change her mind, just be very frank and honest and say exactly what she means to you, and ask her what you mean to her. If that results in you two breaking up, it sucks, but it's so much better than hiding from it until it blindsides you.

Vault101:

Colour-Scientist:
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yeah this, there doesnt seem to be much you can do

(is your avatar from blackbooks?)

Funny how scrolling through this thread I zoned in on the word "blackbooks". That show is absolutely amazing and I really wish there'd been another season. I mean, why did C4 cancel something so genius and surreal as black books but keep... Peep Show... ._______. Yeah... priorities.....

Calibanbutcher:

Approach her upfront and talk to her:
"[ Insert "this is how I feel about you ]",
"[ This is how I view our relationship ] ",
"[This is what I think about a future with you ]"
"Do you want to break up?"

Pretty much this. I doubt that it's your fault, IF there even is a problem.

Not much else you can do except support her. 4 years is quite long and she may just need a little space.

Did you stop doing certain things with her? Try and remember the things that you did for her when you first started dating. "Bring back the magic" in a sense.

Best of luck to you fam, just keep your head up high no matter what happens:)

Dear Inari, I came in here expecting a freak show of hate and immaturity, and all I see is mature, reasonable, friendly discussion.

Gold star Escapist, Gold Star.

OP: Sorry, but not so much. I never was good at reading hints, and oft times I got dumped "out of the blue."

Sounds like shes creating drama out of nothing for the sake of drama. Do something crazy and irrational like propose, or break-up with her Or accuse her of an affair.

Seriously don't take my advice, All I'm gonna say is best of luck to you and hope it works and if it doesn't you'll find someone better you sound like a good guy.

Squilookle:

Sorry to hear this. I 've been through a break up two months ago. Not much you can do until you know for certain. Best of luck to you. However, if the worst comes to pass, let me try to give you a silver lining:
Life goes on. It will hurt, but sometimes you come stronger out of such experiences. I 've been messed up for a few weeks, but now I think it was for the better. For me, it was a wake up call and a chance to reevaluate a few things in my life and I am better off for it.

Still, I hope things work out for you, but if not, remember, it is not the end of the world.

she is so young compared to you. I can imagine she wants free time and to have fun being 22 while you are 27 and probably have a job and little free time. It just seems like you guys are in two different situations right now. does she have a job? or have you been providing everything for her? also have you asked her to move in? implying you aren't living at home still i assume. Also what kind of job do you have at 27? because if you are going nowhere with your life that is huge on relationships. There are so many factors that could be causing this. What did she study? would she have to move to find a job? Housing, income, and free time are big things. If you don't have a decent job, an apartment/house or balance of time with her and your own social life then things wont work out. I'm not trying to be mean i'm just saying what i've learned from experience sorry if it came off as rude.

I recently (well 3 months) came out of the longest term relationship I've been in, it was 2 years of dating and I can understand what you mean. Everything was going perfectly then suddenly there was some huge trouble outside of our scope and relationship (problems with her family, heavy problems) which lead us to not being able to see us for a few months. At first I called her like usual, pretty much every day for a few hours but she was busy as hell with the same stuff I mentioned, she said she honestly felt horrible when she couldn't manage to answer no matter what and that I'd be doing her a huge favor by not calling as often, so it took a lot of effort but eventually I managed. Then eventually said family problems of her passed and we just didn't start seeing each other again. We eventually talked and she dumped me, I handled it fairly well but it was pretty soul crushing.

Overall try not to come off as clingy (not something I did, just something that I know is a huge down for many women) and talk out your worries with her instead of saying those to us. In the end whatever happens will happen. Hell, after breaking up with her in these months I've had more sex partners than what I've had in the rest of my life and honestly I'm not that down anymore, life moves on.

What I'm trying to say is if you can do something about it: Try. Don't let the ship sail away while you watch in silence. If it's outside of your control no matter what do not beat up yourself about it.

Dump her first. You sound really, really emotionally invested, and it'll be really, really hard, but you MUST dump her first. Otherwise, your self confidence is going to be shot and your ego will be in the crapper for months. She's going after this friend of hers who's suddenly free, and throwing you away like an old rag. That should tell you the depths of her sentimentality, chief. Think of yourself, because she doesn't give a shit. Not any more.

She'll want to stay friends. Women say this to salve their ego, to reassure themselves they aren't the bad one for rejecting you. News flash, they are. Rejecting another human being has to be done sometimes, but it's a tremendous asshole act and no one, NO ONE feels good for doing it. You have to for your own emotional and mental health. Do it first, do it fast. Doesn't have to be in person, but should be. Dump her, unfriend her on Facebook, and lose her number. Do it all quickly, rapid-fire, like ripping a piece of tape out of your leg hair.

Now, get out there and dump her.

November 28th 2012, at about 10:38 pm.

It was a Blood Moon that night. I knew it to be a bad Omen.

Beware.

I'm very sorry to hear this, man. To be honest, I can't help you, or give you tips on how to overcome such a harsh situation. Scenario's like this are why I don't want a girlfriend.

Well that sucks. I'm sorry to hear that. However, she's 22. She's very young. She might just be looking for something more exciting or interesting. maybe she just wants experience. What's more, there are your own potential personal shortcomings to consider (which you haven't made us aware of). My initial reaction was a mix of what Colour-scientist said and what katatori-kun said.

Honestly, unless there's a big piece of the picture I'm missing, I'd say dump her first. It'll honestly be the easiest thing, and it'll probably allow you to bounce back more quickly. She's basically already solidified that you two are over. I say this in light of the fact that, even if you two somehow managed to patch things up for right now (and that would likely take some seriously impressive and unintuitive doings on your part), I'd still think the relationship likely wouldn't last. It's either because of you or her (or both), but right now your relationship is in a state of truly rapid deterioration, and it's not likely that you'll reverse that permanently. Take that advice with a grain of salt, since I'm definitely not filled in on all the details.

Calibanbutcher:
To make it easier:
Approach her upfront and talk to her:
"[ Insert "this is how I feel about you ]",
"[ This is how I view our relationship ] ",
"[This is what I think about a future with you ]"
"Do you want to break up?"

No excuses, no BS, just be direct and for fuck's sake, be honest.

I find this to be much easier than waiting for her to make up her mind.

(Addressed at the OP, not you Caliban :P)

Whilst this is exactly what I have done, will do and will keep on doing I feel it's fair to add that it doesn't always lead to the best results.

If she hasn't made up her mind and is particularly indecisive then chances are that this will force her to a decision she's not yet ready to make and as such she'll make it to get away from you.

Personally I find indecisiveness a particularly unattractive quality and thus, in the long-term (short-term is never good in these situations), I'm fine with it forcing her that way since I see it as a sign she isn't the right girl for me anyway. But if you're fine with an indecisive girlfriend then it may not be the best option.

I've done it and gotten exactly this reaction. I myself have no regrets but you might have.

Squilookle:
As for her being easily influenced, she's been on the pill much of our relationship, which has affected her emotionally. We jointly decided to switch to condoms this year to see if it helped, and this new outlook on our relationship could either be completely real or mistaken for a clear feeling because she's free of any effects of the pill. I realise this is highly unlikely and I almost certainly don't know what I'm talking about, but... I'm frightened. I'm searching for reasons in places they may not even be.

Not to take a bit of a cold-hearted approach to this, but I wanted to point out something. When you are on birth control pills, you DO look at the world a bit differently. Your brain and body are basically hardwired to be expecting a baby, and it can change your attitude towards people. It is entirely possible that going off the pill is exactly what prompted this change of heart. Unfortunately, if this is true, there isn't much that can be done about it (stupid biology). The only thing you can really do is man up, tell her how you feel, and see what happens. I wish you the best of luck, and I know you can make it through this!

Zero=Interrupt:
She'll want to stay friends. Women say this to salve their ego, to reassure themselves they aren't the bad one for rejecting you. News flash, they are. Rejecting another human being has to be done sometimes, but it's a tremendous asshole act and no one, NO ONE feels good for doing it. You have to for your own emotional and mental health. Do it first, do it fast. Doesn't have to be in person, but should be. Dump her, unfriend her on Facebook, and lose her number. Do it all quickly, rapid-fire, like ripping a piece of tape out of your leg hair.

And this. If worse comes to worst, just cut all ties. You won't heal otherwise.

This sounds very familiar; but it all happened so long ago most of the details are lost to time...

My gf ended up breaking it off in an email because "I knew if I saw you I'd want us to stay together"... She got asked out by a guy in most ways my equal but with a better family, money, and a car. She decided to trade up, but neglected to break up with me until after I confronted her that I knew she was cheating on me for the above mentioned reason.

Best advice I can give is don't put up with mindgames and give no second chances; shame me once yadda yadda yadda.

Oh a confrontation is a move you must make, others have already given detailed advice. Best of luck.

Calibanbutcher:

Squilookle:
After nearly four years of what I thought was a loving, caring and genuinely happy relationship, my girlfriend said 3 days ago that she loves me, but she doesn't know if she's in love with me.

Wow.

She tells me, somewhat out of the blue, that lately she's been feeling like she's drifing away from me, that our relationship seems based on convenience, and that it isn't going anywhere.

The thing is though, that as far as relationships go, we've had it pretty good: we see each other often, get on well with each others' families, we're openly affectionate with each other (in public, after nearly 4 years!!), have sex frequently, and hardly ever fight. And when we do fight, we listen to and respect each other's point of view.

She tells me she's had phases of doubt in the past that have dissapated, but this one is more solid.

A few weeks ago she was chatting casually to her boss about us, when he abruptly told her it wouldn't last. She's also been catching up with a friend of hers more recently, and he's just come out of a long, stable relationship. I'm worried that she's hearing so many tales of woe about other's relationships that she thinks the same must apply to us, and I'm scared. I'm really, really scared.

I asked her if I had (or hadn't) done anything to make her feel this way and she said no. I told her to think about it, and now I'm going over to her place tomorrow, and I just can't shake this feeling of impending doom.

TL:DR Has anyone, especially guys, had this sense of 'about to break up' doom too? And is there any way to prepare for it or make it easier?

To make it easier:
Approach her upfront and talk to her:
"[ Insert "this is how I feel about you ]",
"[ This is how I view our relationship ] ",
"[This is what I think about a future with you ]"
"Do you want to break up?"

No excuses, no BS, just be direct and for fuck's sake, be honest.

I find this to be much easier than waiting for her to make up her mind.

Someone give this man a medal. This is it exactly--short, succinct and honest. If she wants to stay with you, I wish ya all the best, mate. Otherwise, you're young and this shit'll pass. It may hurt for a bit, but trust me life goes on.

Lets assume you have broken up already,you need to keep busy and hang out with your friends.Talk about it,cry do what you need to do to express yourself and in about 3 days it will suck a little less.

Or you could end it yourself and take the power away from her.If she asks that she still wants to be friends , i would say " ya i think you would be better as a friend" Kind of a tiny verbal jab. Then never talk to her again.Hang out with your friends and keep busy.shits gonna hurt

Vault101:

Colour-Scientist:
snip.

yeah this, there doesnt seem to be much you can do

(is your avatar from blackbooks?)

It is indeed.

Fran is my hero.

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