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Should I delete all pictures of my ex?

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Last Updated: 10/01/2020 at 8:56pm
Should I delete all pictures of my ex?
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December 26th, 2015 3:37pm
Meh. I don't know if you aren't in them why do you have them in the first place? We're all fab and should be in all pics
December 26th, 2015 6:27pm
Funny one, this one. If the relationship did not end well (for instance you were in an abusive relationship but managed to get out with your self-esteem intact) and pictures of your ex might trigger certain reactions from you then please do delete them. If otherwise it ended with a mutual agreement from both parties (for instance you liked each other but family or religion did not allow for you to be together) you can keep one or two for telling a story in the future.
December 26th, 2015 6:38pm
if the breakup was mutual and you both are having no problem moving on and the pictures does not hurt you, then you dont need to.
December 26th, 2015 10:51pm
You cannot delete the past, but sometimes getting rid of reminders around your environment might help you move on.
December 26th, 2015 11:04pm
It would depend. If that person hurt you then I'd be best if you did so you can forget them faster. If you both agreed on breaking up then keep a few, to remember the happy memories.
December 27th, 2015 12:10am
Make the desion that is best for your situation. Are you guys still friends or did you have a bitter ending?
December 27th, 2015 2:40am
Only if you feel that its necessary. If you're still friends with them, then why should you have to delete the evidence of the two of you being together?
December 27th, 2015 3:07am
Never forget where you have been and what you have experienced. Build off bad experiences and become better, become wiser, stronger, and smarter.
December 27th, 2015 6:34pm
You could delete them if it makes you uncomfortable. It will not make you forget about your ex, but it is a step
December 27th, 2015 7:33pm
Well, yeah maybe, if it ended really bad but, then again nothing wrong with burying them in your computer/laptop and looking at them later?
December 27th, 2015 7:39pm
I would let a friend of you hide the pictures so you don't know where they are but you can forget about them but maybe in the future you would like to reminde yourself of that time.
December 27th, 2015 8:50pm
Take your time and decide when to do it . If doing that will make you comfortable, then go ahead .
December 27th, 2015 10:54pm
You should delete the pictures of your ex only after a little while, if you are 100 % sure the relationship is over. If he did hurt you, then the photos might always remember you of him, so it is good to caution yourself. Keep only small memories that actually make you happy, but don't look at photos of your ex for a while. You'll just hurt yourself in process.
December 30th, 2015 12:09am
yes that helps you move on otherwise you keep staring at the photos and that is not helping you moving on
December 30th, 2015 3:29am
It is easier to get over someone if you stop seeing them and following them on social media so if thats what you are trying to do then I think so.
December 30th, 2015 8:22am
Yes! I would definitely say so. Our minds are extraordinary in the way that they can connect feelings and emotions to little pieces of information, a song or a picture or a memory. So when you see a picture of your ex, you get a reminiscent of what you use to feel when that particular picture was taken or in the past. But you should be working reluctantly to get over those feelings so you can open up your heart and experience those feelings differently and uniquely to somebody else! One who you might never have to break up with. Seems like the best choice to me.
December 30th, 2015 11:20am
if it helps you forget about him faster and not thinking about him .. I think yes you should cause as long as they are here it will torture you
December 30th, 2015 12:27pm
Hell no. Not if there is a chance to get back with them. However, if you've lost them forever you have to let go. If you two are meant to be together, the stars will lead you to eachother. Either way, in the end I'd recommend destroying pictures if looking at them hurts too much. Otherwise, memories are always nice to have.
December 30th, 2015 2:55pm
Well, that is up to your actual relationship(if you're still talking with him or not). If you two are still keeping in touch and if you still care about him, you shouldn't delete all the pics of your ex. But if you are like strangers or anything, it would be better to delete the pics.
December 30th, 2015 4:04pm
There may be some pictures you decide to keep, but if there are some which only make you sad they should go. It's good to remember your past relationship but the key word is past. In order to fully move on you can't be keeping little parts of them. It will feel hard but it's better, I promise!
December 30th, 2015 6:51pm
Yes, you can keep going back and looking at them its not going to help you move on and move forward with your life.
December 31st, 2015 3:19am
Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. There is no right or wrong thing to do with your pictures of them, except sharing them without consent.
December 31st, 2015 4:20am
Yes. Yes and Yes!!!! .
December 31st, 2015 7:33am
I think you should do whatever honestly feels right to you. Some people want a clean slate, some people want mementos, some will chose something in between, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Think about who you are now, what you are thinking and feeling, and who you want to grow into - and then choose what feels right.
December 31st, 2015 8:49am
You will not move on by deleting all your ex pictures, Move on by understanding why you really broke up and convincing yourself that you're really better now so whenever you see your ex pics or personally that wont effect you at all
December 31st, 2015 2:08pm
It's up to you, it's a personal choice, however, if you think that looking at his pictures leaves you uncomfortable, then, yes, you should. You are the most important person and you should protect yourself from pain.
December 31st, 2015 5:46pm
If it helps you feel better then you should definitely do it. Or just keep them out of sight for a while.
December 31st, 2015 7:23pm
If you still feel possessive or obsessive, deleting photos help build a healthy barrier between you and your ex. If you are in a new relationship, ask your significant other what they think about you keeping these photos and have a conversation about what they feel.
December 31st, 2015 7:48pm
To get over a person the quickest possible, it is best to think about that person and what could have been as little as possible. Pictures can constantly remind you of what you had. It is better to not look at them.
December 31st, 2015 8:54pm
It would be best to. Especially if it ended badly or if it was a bad relationship from the get go. It's healthy to move on and just doing a small thing like deleting the pictures, can you help you tremendously.