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Why do we argue so much?

Dear Panel,

 My boyfriend of 10 months broke up with me a week ago. I was the one who originally brought up the idea to separate for awhile.  A few days later, to my surprise he agreed with me. 
The reason we thought we should be away from each other was because of our constant arguing over (usually) very trivial stuff.  We both love each other very much and were friends for 3 years before we started going out. The problem is we both have pretty bad tempers.  I know he would never hit me, but it hurts to argue so much with someone you love.  He's tried leaving for 20 minutes or so during an argument, so we both have time to cool down, but when he returns we just start back up again. 

I really don't know what to do. We get along so well when we aren't arguing. I want to get back with him but I don't want our relationship to be like it was before. We have problems listening to each other sometimes.  We didn't seem to run into these problems until we'd been going out 6 months. Part of our pro!blem may be that we usually see each other every day. I would appreciate any help or advice you have for me.  My bf and I are both 17.

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