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How to End Relationships - The Easy and Fun Way!

Updated on March 25, 2011

Having good relationships in your life is one of the best things you can do for your health and happiness. That said, not all relationships are good, and a bad friendship, partnership, or romantic relationships can do a lot of damage.  The moral of this reality is as follows: make new friends and keep the old, but bad relationships should be trolled.

Alas, I cannot give you advice on building relationships. That is not my expertise. I'm best at tearing them down - an expert, in fact. I can most certainly tell you how to end relationships, and I can even do my best to make the process both easy and fun! I hope you find these tips to be both amusing and useful.

Let's blow some relationships up!!
Let's blow some relationships up!! | Source

Before You Begin - a Word of Caution

Before you go about sabotaging a relationship, you must first be absolutely sure that it is not a good one.  Like I said, a good relationship is good for you both mentally and physically.  People who have strong community and familiar bonds are happier and live longer.  It is much better to build bridges then burn them.

So before you go about burning bridges, make sure that the friend or romantic partner you want to cut off really isn't good for you.  Does this person bring you more grief than joy?  Do they drain your energy and resources more than they replenish them?  Do you not share mutual respect for each other?  If you're answering yes, yes, and yes, let's proceed!  LET THE BURNING BEGIN!

How to End Relationships - Two Methods to Choose Between

As I see it, there are two ways to get out of a relationship - grown up ways and immature ways. While I am an expert at both, I daresay immature methods are far more fun than the responsible ones, so I shall start off with those.

If, in the course of reading these recommendations, you think of your own special method of ditching an unwanted friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend, and want to share it with the group, leave a note in the comments and I'll add your tip to this guide, giving you due credit of course.

With no further ado, let the relationship-slaying begin!

If you smell like an elephant seal... your buddy might end the relationship FOR you!
If you smell like an elephant seal... your buddy might end the relationship FOR you! | Source
Run like the wind!
Run like the wind! | Source
When in doubt, go for the old sand-in-eyes trick.  Works like a charm for me.
When in doubt, go for the old sand-in-eyes trick. Works like a charm for me. | Source

Immature (but FUN!) Relationship Killers

Here are some of the many immature methods I have utilized to end unwanted relationships - both friendships as well as what may have been one-sided relationships in which I played the non-reciprocating party (we've all been in those positions, have we not?).

  • Feign (or admit) mental infirmity: This is a real staple of mine. Works like a charm. Just say you have some major issues to work through, and that you need to work through them alone. If this does not succeed in ending the relationship, you now have license to act crazy. Be creative! Drooling is particularly fun, as is feigned paranoia and megalomania.
  • Contract a (fictional) infectious disease: It's like playing hooky, but long-term and with people instead of jobs!
  • Become less attractive: If the relationship you hope to be ducking out of is romantic in nature, bring out the sweatpants and stop showering! Perhaps you can ward your partner off in a passive aggressive manner by making yourself less of a catch. This could involve anything from changes in dress to altered personal hygiene- or even the consumption of foods that cause excessively bad breath or abundant flatulence!
  • Become dull: A variation on the "become less attractive" tactic, this method involves becoming less interesting and amusing to be around in general, and works for both romantic and platonic relationships. This is an excellent way to brush up on your method acting.
  • Leave the country: This is a great one! Not only do you get to see another part of the world - you make it physically impossible to see the other person, and have a very concrete reason why you cannot hang out. If your opponent wishes to strike up a long-distance friendship or relationship, simply explain that you do not think you will have the resources or time to do so, or that you think you both deserve better than that.
  • Leave the state: For a less dramatic exit, Hyphenbird points out that you can also just leave the state. 
  • Take on new responsibilities: How can you have time for relationships if you have three jobs or countless important projects to work on? By taking on new responsibilities, you can acquire very legitimate and impersonal-sounding excuses not to hang out, thus making it easier to say no to someone without making your edging away from the relationship seem like a personal rejection.
  • Stop returning calls: A commonly used immature tactic, this is hardly an honorable way to end a relationship, but it sure is effective.
  • Sneak off: Now this is a real classic, and is super immature, but you can always sneak off and just stop returning calls. Does this make you a first rate jerk? Absolutely. And I'm not casting blame- I've totally done this, and more than once- but it does work.
  • EVADE EVADE EVADE: If simply taking off seems to mean to you, you can always opt for excessive avoidance (while complete denial of doing so) hoping that your opponent will eventually take a hint. The fun element of this tactic involves sharpening of ninja skills.
  • Toss sand in the offender's eyes: This was a desperate measure I once took, but it was, as you might imagine, amazingly effective - and fast-acting! Points for ninja flare.

Try to end your relationship on good terms
Try to end your relationship on good terms | Source
Some relationships can just fade away
Some relationships can just fade away | Source

How to End Relationships in a Responsible Manner

I have ended a lot of relationships - both on purpose and inadvertently. Though immature tactics have often, at the time, seemed easier, I've learned (the hard way, over and over and over- I'm a slow learner) that being initially more direct, mature, and responsible makes things much easier on the whole, despite being initially more difficult and daunting.

Here are some of the most mature (and successful, safe, and healthy) ways to end unproductive or unhealthy relationships:

  • Explain that you need to focus on other things: This is certainly true in most cases, and puts the relationship destruction on your shoulders, leaving the rejected party free of blame.
  • Explain that you need more time for yourself: Again, positioning yourself as the selfish one and moving right to the point is most responsible and minimizes long-term harm.
  • Explain that the relationship is not working out well for you: If the desired relationship dissolution is a result of regular conflict, this is usually the best tactic to adopt. 

You'll notice that each of these tactics involves speaking directly with the person you want to see less of. You might think of this as a sort of direct confrontation, and in many ways it is, however it is much better to be straightforward and honest with someone than misleading and devious. Believe me. It will lead to much less hassle, grief, and bother on both sides. It may also leave more of the possibility of your relationship being built back up, later on down the line, should conditions change and the both of you realize that it might be favorable to do so.

One Final Note

If you are trying to get out of a relationship that is not only bad, but abusive as well, I have to pieces of advice for you:

  1. END that relationship and do not look back
  2. END that relationship now
  3. Seek help (and any necessary) from friends, family, community organizations, and law enforcement professionals
There is no excuse for abuse in a relationship.  I don't care how much love there may be- on either end.  Just. Get. Out.

Happy Bridge Burning!

Good luck getting out of crappy relationships! If you think this is all a dreadful hassle, consider this: you will be much better off after ending this relationship, and the person you plan to break it off with may very well be better off, too.

Now don't forget- if you have any good relationship-breaking tips that have worked for you, share them in the comments!


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    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Severe loud yawning... wow, I bet that can indeed be incredibly affective, FlourishAnyway!!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Hilarious! I've tried several of these. Also worth a try ... developing a case of severe and loud yawning, especially when they talk about themselves or things that are important to them.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      LOL good one!

    • Thatguypk profile image


      7 years ago

      Very entertaining Hub, Simone.

      I was dating a girl once who had strong religious convictions... strong, in the sense that she didn't approve of hanky-panky before marriage, despite the fact that I pointed out that, after marriage, it ceased to be hanky-panky! I escaped that relationship by telling her that I thought it was to dangerous to her close personal relationship with God to allow temptation like me to get close to her! It worked, kind of! She sent me packing, not on the grounds that I was temptation, but because she thought I was a "typical horny teenager!" Ah well.... I suppose she was right!

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      Yena Williams 

      7 years ago from California

      Simone, you crack me up. The "leaving the country" option is a tad extreme, but some relationships are just that bad!!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      You make a really good point, Denise Handlon - things are always more complicated when there is co-habitation involved... or legal arrangements... or pets... or CHILDREN!!

      And there's no doubt about it, fucsia- cutting things off the immature way sure is more entertaining!

    • fucsia profile image


      7 years ago

      Cutting off a relationship is never an easy thing to do, particularly if we want to do it in a mature way. The alternatives seem more simple and surely more fun! Great Hub!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, Simone. I'm like Hyphenbird, I've left the state-more than once, I may add, LOL All for 'good' reasons, of course, hee hee.

      Seriously, though. This is all fine and dandy info for those relationships that are not binding or that you are not co-habitating. It gets a bit stickier when you are living with someone, esp. when that someone has no intention of leaving once the relationship is over.

      Thanks for your tips!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, good point!

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Cute cute! I have never left the country but have moved out of state!


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