Yes, there are 50 ways to leave your lover, but they're variations.
In the study cited below, researchers identified seven main strategies for ending dating relationships.
They also asked people who had been on the receiving end how they felt.
To stay friendly, or if you want to keep open the possibility of a reunion, blame yourself. Strategy #3 was rated most ideal by the dumpees, but it makes both a friendship and reunion less likely.
Collins, T. J., & Gillath, O. (2012). Attachment, breakup strategies, and associated outcomes: The effects of security enhancement on the selection of breakup strategies. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 210-222.
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