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Gia Recio, Contributor
March 19, 2012

10 Tips for Breaking a Pattern of Bad Relationships

A string of relationships turned sour can leave any woman feeling vulnerable. Here are tips on healing heartache and going for long-lasting connections. By Gia Recio

A lot of women—wonderful, smart and attractive women at that—have fallen prey to failed relationships. While some may ascribe their unhappy fate to bad luck, others may attribute their predicament to a couple of wrong turns and bad choices. Depending on the circumstances, the cause could also be a combination of both.

The best way to determine the factors that may have caused a succession of bitter heartaches in the past is to actually examine your history, and try to flesh out the reasons for each breakup.

While it is true that bad luck spares no one, and that it does play a role in the outcome of certain relationships, it should not always be held responsible for how each love affair turns out. Blaming your heart’s plight on pure bad luck is always the easy way out, but it’s also important to be conscious of the way you make decisions in the various aspects of a relationship (or even prior to entering one). Being conscious of the way you weigh choices will help you zero in on your points for improvement, as well as avoid making the same mistakes and experiencing the same old heartbreaks.

Read on for 10 tips to help you recover from the unpleasant memory of failed relationships, save you from a bad track record, and give you a more proactive attitude toward your future encounters with romance.

For more on breakups, check these out on FN:

(Originally published as "Snooky Serna’s Fleeting Relationships: Bad Luck or Bad Decision-Making?" on Female Network)

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