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What's Harder For You: Breaking Up With a Partner or a Friend?

Ending any relationship has the potential for heartbreak. But researchers at Manchester University have found that breaking up with a friend takes a greater toll on people, especially women, than calling off a romantic relationship.

When it comes time to end an emotionally burdensome friendship, women report terrible guilt. Meanwhile the dumped friend feels significant self-doubt and betrayal. In order to avoid these negative feelings, people often don't end bad platonic relationships once and for all. Instead they slowly withdrawal from stressful friendships — I'm sure we all can think of examples of "the disappearing friend." Which kind of breakup do you find more difficult?

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