We end up having a great conversation, and try as we may, sometimes no amount of telling ourselves, “Pull yourself together, man! They likely have things in common and, even after the breakup, still share many of the same friends, and we’re all looking for love, right?
The most important thing, as is true in most cases, is to be proactive, communicate clearly, and be thoughtful and considerate, especially when there are strong emotions involved. As a wise man once said, “So, you’re sayin’ there’s a chance?
Editor's note: Audrey Irvine is a senior assignment manager for CNN.
Here’s the key to handling this situation well: You’ve got to ask your friend. Sure, it might make for good cinema, but at what point are you willing to end friendships, complicate entire friend groups, and potentially divide families?
It’s a good idea to go into any romantic affair with eyes wide open.
But you do need to make sure you go about this right.