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iVillage: Breaking Off Your Engagement: The Rules

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Don’t Hem, Haw or Offer False Hope

Brace yourself: Odds are the talk won’t be pretty, but be kind, sensitive and direct. Trying to cushion the blow by dancing around the issue just makes things worse, says Miami Marriage and Family Therapist Lisa Paz, Ph.D. “You’re about to shatter someone’s world, so rip the bandage off fast,” says Paz. “Tell him, 'I made a mistake. I am terribly sorry.'" And don't keep the possibility open that you might change your mind. You’ll only break his heart all over again.

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