Pick an appropriate place. The less public, the better. Don't do it in a place where the person on the receiving end isn't going to feel especially vulnerable. Avoid these break up locations at all costs:
You'll be glad you did. Part Four of Four: Keeping Things Civil Edit Keep your emotions in check.
At school. In a restaurant or nightclub. Part Two of You Doing the Right Thing Edit With it in person. If work relationship is relatively new, maybe you can get away with breaking up over the phone. Maybe. But come on, if you've been out on more than a handful of dates, isn't that kind of harsh. With the right someone and end the relationship in person. Having one final talk together is a good way to bring closure to the relationship.
As painful as it may be, a relationship-ending conversation might enable you to learn something about yourself and set the stage for something better breaking the future. Don't lie.
When your partner is dealing with a personal crisis like a death in the family, diagnosis of an illness, or loss of a job. If he or she is in the middle of a crisis, allow some time to pass before you break up to avoid adding on extra pain.
As painful as it may be, a relationship-ending conversation might enable you to learn something about yourself and set the stage for something better in the future.
If there is something explicitly wrong with the relationship, like having incompatible interests, then you should tell your partner that.  Being honest and eliminating some of the mystery may help the person move on more quickly rather than constantly wondering why you ended the relationship and what he or she could have done differently.
This might be something like: "I know you are really into going out all the time, but I just don't enjoy it. I don't think we'll continue to be happy with this incompatibility."
In a car.
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