Or you could actually become friends, turning all of those sour feelings into positive learning experiences and then into an actual, real, true friendship.
But how possible is it to genuinely befriend someone with whom you once shared a great romance? Too much baggage, too many hurt feelings, and the far too many times that person saw you naked often cloud the path to friendship.
Researchers in this study found regardless of if you did the dumping or if you were the one who was dumped, if you were friends with your ex before your relationship, you were more likely to remain friends after the relationship ended.Or (worst-case scenario) they can fall apart completely, leaving out the idea of a possible relationship and the friendship too awkward to fall back on. It sounds like flirtationships can get emotionally complicated, and they can.But sometimes, they can be an easygoing alternative to a relationship.Whether she breaks it off with me, or I break it off with her, I’ll be much more comfortable catching a movie with her down the road.Not because we were intimate, but because we had time to build a real relationship. And if you’re trying to turn a nice, bland, Starbucks date into a friend, that’s probably not gonna work.