Brand broke up his four-year relationship with Katy Perry over text message, on New Year’s Eve. That low blow shouldn’t be too surprising, Brand routinely made fun of Perry in his stand-up comedy and posted embarrassing personal photos while they were still together. “There is a place for humor in romance, but not aggressive, mean humor. That is associated with a bunch of negative personal traits such as neuroticism and self-possession,” says DiDonato. “It’s best to remember that healthy communication is frequent and in-person, and includes responsive listening.”
Lesson learned: Communication with your partner should not be self-serving, and especially not publicly embarrassing.
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