9 things to say to make your boyfriend think again when he announces he wants to break up

When a boyfriend unilaterally says he wants to break up with you, there are ways you can respond that may shake his resolve and successfully restore the relationship. Here, we feed back on our survey of women, bringing you nine things you can say to turn the tables and make your boyfriend think again about breaking up with you.

1. Fawn on him: “I’ll love you forever, more than anyone else in the world!”

“It seemed like he just wanted to ‘know that he was loved.’” Sometimes, extreme outbursts—like, “I love you more than anyone in the world”—can be a good way to communicate the depth of your love, and to stop him in his tracks. The impact can be magnified when these words come from someone who doesn’t usually say “I love you” very often.