WOMEN
08/21/2012 10:39 am ET Updated Oct 21, 2012

6 Reasons Not To Get Back With Your Ex

We've all done it. The temptation is there, the circumstances are right, and you're sincerely weighing the pros and cons of getting back together with an ex. And while this may seem like the greatest idea since turning Reese's Cups into a cereal, you should probably avoid it. Here, the six most pressing reasons why.

1. You broke up for a reason.

It's so easy, even just a few weeks out of a serious split, to look back on your relationship and see nothing but gumdrop romance and chocolate-covered compatibility. But this nostalgia is likely false -- or, if you actually did have a lot of stuff worth smiling about, your fickle mind is conveniently ignoring all of the stuff that made you two end this thing in the first place. Who wants to wistfully reflect on memories of cheating or constant arguments when they're walking pensively through a park? No one. You're likely to want to erase that stuff from your mind, à la Eternal Sunshine, and only think about the time they kissed you on the nose when it was snowing. But let's not be so hasty as to forget how much of your time together was spent arguing about tedious, unimportant things, or insulting each other, or sleeping with someone else. If you broke up, don't do the you of a short time ago a disservice and completely forget why it happened. You should be aware of all the facets of your now-over relationship, not just the awesome ones.

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