VideosMemories of Relationships Past

July 16, 2012by Frank Love19

Frank Love on Relationships
When you remember past relationships, do you think of your former partners fondly? Or are you still bitter, angry or hurt? In this week’s episode, Frank Love discusses how focusing on the pleasant memories can bring you greater peace and happiness in your relationships.


  • Janine J. R. H.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Frank, I think both, angry, bitter, and also on the risk to develop wrong partners. I think is a process to fight with the memories, until yo develop something new in your life, I mean a new life, separation are oportunities to built a new self learning from the experience of love, but if you get trap on anger of bitter you will never develop that new conception in you psyche.


  • Karyn W.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Good question Frank, and prior to a major shift in my life, I remained hurt, or angry over past relationships, but I’ve since become much more “enlightened” and I can now realize that every moment of each relationship happened for a reason, including the separation.


  • Lois W.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Frank, I am of the belief that all our past relationships make up who we have become at present. I also am responsible for all past relationships as I made choices to enter them. Therefore, my answer is Yes to all of the above but with the understanding that no-one is to blame for anything that happened in my past except me; no regrets, just lessons learned……not failure, just feedback.


  • Karen R.

    July 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    au contraire. I would think over idealizing a past relationship is a problem, wishing one hadn’t left, fantasizing about what would have been better if one stayed. In this case, it is important to remember the reasons for the end of that relationsship in order to move on.


  • Janis Evans, M.Ed.,LPC

    July 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Excellent, Frank and well-written. After my clients get through the pain and begin to heal from a bad break-up, this is exactly what I emphasize as the next step: Explore what you’ve gained from the encounter, what lessons you’ve learned, and how you’ve grown from it. Breaking up, letting go, and moving on is the hardest part of this process. I look forward to your book. Visit my website to see my new blog: “Breaking Up is Hard”


  • Keala V. N.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I try to remember what I was supposed to learn from having had that relationship and by honoring that passage with enlightenment it releases any negative holds that I would have kept otherwise. I didn’t say that this process is easy but it does ultimately make it easy.


  • Joshua B

    July 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Frank..I think both, angry, bitter, and also on the risk to develop wrong partners. I think is a process to fight with the memories, until you develop something new in your new life, separation are oportunities to built a new self learning from the experience of love, but if you get trap on anger of bitter you will never develop that new conception in you psyche. Also I think people should take a past relationship as a learning ground to further a lovely recent relationship into healthy.

    Yet, isn’t good letting the past relationship memories take up part in your mind since, they will make you either to get off the trust with the one you are with recently. So I suppose we don’t have to let the past bad relationships take much of our control although we should take them as the bridge to develop the recent relationships.


  • Joshua B

    July 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Definitely, but most of people do take anger,bitter or hurt of their past relationships in a negative connotation ,in such a way that they fail to go on with their lives….Unknowingly that things always happen for the reasons and that they shouldn’t take their anger,hurts and bitter of their past relationships affecting their existing relationships but using them to build up the stronger and ever relationship on the earth and making history their own.


  • Mike Kollin

    July 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    If you have learned your learning’s, they should be neutral. Sure, we have all been hurt from bad breakups… but, it’s all about the learning, the learning’s of which will allow you to finally let go of all the hurt and upset and sadness… Because, that’s why the emotions are there in the first place, to remind you and let you know you have something to learn here! With me, that’s how I have overcame all my pain and hurt and eventually grew from it massively!
    My life now is amazing with women and understanding them from all the mistakes I have made in the past.

    I recommend that anyone seeks a lot of therapy and especially communication and relationship coaching and read a ton of books on understanding yourself, relationships and the opposite sex! Go to a seminar or 2 every year!

    Best of wishes.

    Mike Kollin
    Dating and Relationship coach and Male to Female Communication Expert!


  • Jivana K.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    As a tantrika, Frank, my journey invites me to embrace ALL of it. ,,,the good, the bad and the ugly.

    In the fairly tales of old, we loved the “And they lived happily ever after” endings.

    But it seems to me that the work of today, is to use every situation and experience of our lives, to become more conscious.

    I had a blissful union some years ago. The glow of divine love and ecstatic passion lasted for six years. A long run,… considering we were in the buddhafield of an Indian tantric master, where people changed bed partners almost as often as they changed their clothes!

    And it ended rather badly. Although two decades or so later, we are still friends.

    Some days I am in awe of what we shared and uplifted by the love we were able to experience. And on some days I just want to smack him. Should I deny any of it? Nope.

    Every ounce of memory and feeling is great grist for the mill…at least that’s how it is for this tantrika.


  • Karen F

    July 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    i like what you have to say as well as understanding that human nature steps in when the break up is new…..and the painful memories are there staring you in the face and shouting in your ear and it’s ok….with time it fades and you move on – and thats the important part, to move on


  • N. Jimi B.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I personally try not to think about the “water under the bridge” on unrequited love because it IS painful a bit – especially with those few who I really, really loved. Unfortunately, coldblooded break-ups usually overshadow any “good times” at the end of the day. My therapy is to WRITE about it – in my blog nowadays; in my poetry book, “Sad Face King” which I published last year. I am dedicated to making sure that my Inna over in Ukraine does not become a “pas” casualty of love, because we connect Soooo well, if I am unsuccessful at raising money to fly over there VERY soon to meet-up, I will retire from the pursuit of a mate.


  • Maria C. C.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Maybe that´s a way of dealing with grief after separation or divorce…try to remember goodtimes and not focusing onto the painful ones.


  • Jivana K.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM


    There are ‘reasons’ held in the mind, and then there are emotions held in the body. Or one could say, the bodymind.

    I think we live in a culture which encourages the mind to trump the emotions, but I think that what people are left with is bodies (and minds) that don’t know what they are feeling.
    What I prefer to encourage in my clients is the courage to experience ALL the feelings. To really suck the juice from them. And then to let them go, in their own time.


  • Melodie M.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Both. How the person is remembered would be determined on how the memory was triggered. You could witness a similar situation so you start thinking about things you wanted to say instead of what was actually said in your case. Or you see a beach and remember a good time you had on that vacation even though you go a sunburn.


  • Melodie M.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Sure. We have the opportunity to turn from the bitter memories. We can force ourselves to take the turn. We can try and fail to make the turn. Success or failure seem to be a result of where we are in the grieving process (for the relationship).


  • Catherine L. W.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Early on it was hard to remember the positive experiences from my first serious relationship. Over time it has been quite pleasant to remember fun that we had and the commitment that we tried to keep to each other.


  • Amy J H

    July 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    There is ZERO to Learn from the Past other than what NOT to do again. The Future Teaches only Anxiety (no thanks!!) STAY PRESENT. STAY HERE AND NOW!! 🙂


  • Amadoma

    May 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I tried to send you a voicemail message. It was taking too long to load so I don’t know if you got it. I enjoyed this video. I was just thinking fondly of a past relationship earlier today.


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