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I was starting to feel emotionally needy, and that was uncomfortable for me," he recalls. But our friends aren't as good at helping us get over an ex as yours are, plus being openly heartbroken makes us look like wusses.
"I dated this girl for about a year, but as soon as she started using the L word, I had to end it," recalls Jay, 29. After all, she deserved to be with someone who loved her as much as she loved me." We're Too into You Just when you thought it was all bad news, here's a hard-to-fess-up admission: Guys are protective of their emotions. So, if we start to feel like we're getting into a situation where we'll be destroyed if you dump us, we might launch a preemptive strike and yank the plug first.
I ended it because I didn't want to commit to anyone right then.
But by the time I met Elizabeth, I was in a settling-down frame of mind." *Names have been changed.
For Gary, 27, showing his girlfriend of two years the exit felt like the only choice.
"She was the first girl I was serious with, and I didn't like letting someone have that much power over me. Think about how vulnerable and paranoid you feel when you're nuts about a guy, and realize that we go through the same thing with girls we really like.
So we secretly flag certain things we're scared might be a harbinger of bad things to come.