Communication key in dating

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November 21, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Dear Carolyn: I recently broke up with my girlfriend, who had been saying repeatedly of our relationship, “This isn’t working.” She was referring to things like we don’t live close enough to each other to make getting together quick and easy, and that our financial and career situations are in very different places right now. When I broke up with her I thought she would basically agree it was the right thing to do, given her repeated complaints.

Instead, she cried, screamed, and then told me, “This isn’t working,” was supposed to mean, “Just dating isn’t working so you should propose.”

I’m kind of flabbergasted. Does the fact that I didn’t pick up on what she was saying mean I have problems with reading people? Or does it mean she has problems with communicating, which is all the more reason I was right to break up? — This Isn’t Working

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