Puppy Love Part IV: Breaking Up for Beginners

Puppy Love 4Relationships in the teenage years are simultaneously thrilling and devastating. Here is the conclusion to our four-part blog about “Puppy Love.

 Breaking Up for Beginners

  • Don’t hate the other person when they let you know their feelings have changed. (By the way, most teens are not very practiced at breaking up respectfully)!
  • Don’t expect that their attachment to you should be indefinite or that it absolutely has to be as strong and as durable as your attachment to them.
  • Practice telling yourself that if they do not adore you, it is better to be rid of the relationship so that you can find someone who deserves you.
  • Realize that your ego is guiding some of the hurt you feel. No one likes to be rejected. That is mostly what a breakup is.
  • Treat your former love with kindness and let go with grace and acceptance

This is part four of four in the “Puppy Love” blog series. If you missed our previous postings, please visit http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/category/know-go/behavioral-health/.

About Beth Rogers-Doll PhD

Beth graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, is Board-Certified in Psychology and works at Doll & Associates. She works with adolescents, adults, families and couples utilizing a cognitive-behavioral and family systems approach. Areas of expertise include anxiety disorders (Panic, OCD, PTSD, and other trauma-related problems), depression, self-injury, eating disorders, trichotillomania (hair pulling) and marital distress. Also trained in executive coaching and career development, she helps professionals achieve their full potential.

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