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Relationship Advice: How to Get Over Being Played

I would like to open the door to a better understanding of human nature and why humans make decisions, choices and repeated mistakes.

Realizing you were "played" can leave you feeling like you thought you knew someone that, it turns out, you didn't know at all.

Realizing you were "played" can leave you feeling like you thought you knew someone that, it turns out, you didn't know at all.

So, You Fell for a Player! Now What?

You may find yourself wondering what happened in a relationship. It’s the old scenario of realizing things aren't what they appeared to be.

One of the worst case scenarios—and one of the most humiliating—is finding out it was never what you thought, that everything that was said and done was only a charade to cover the player’s real intention.

Let’s be real. As frustrating and degrading as it is, you were played.

First, I want to stress that you are not alone. Even the most people-savvy individuals can find themselves the victim of a casual user. So how do you get over being played?

Asking yourself questions about how you were getting "played" and why it happened can help you can avoid similar occurrences in the future.

Asking yourself questions about how you were getting "played" and why it happened can help you can avoid similar occurrences in the future.

You Were Deceived

Now the cold, hard truth sets in. You were deceived; you were played! You know you were led on. You see the relationship was never what you believed. You realize you allowed yourself to be manipulated by false promises or delusions of some sort. Where do you go from here and how do you deal with the humiliation?

Let’s talk about why you became involved with a player in the first place. Ask yourself this question: What positive feel-good things did I get out of the relationship?

On the other hand, what were the negatives of your involvement in the relationship? Let us list a few possibilities.

Relationship Outcomes: Positive and Negative

PositiveNegative

attention

guilt

passion

anger/resentment

excitement

frustration

anticipation

humiliation

sensuality

fear

sexual satisfaction

tears

temporary emotional fulfillment

sadness/hurt

flattery

jealousy

excitement of being pursued and desired

risk

 

confusion/indecisiveness

 

self-sabotage

 

oppression

What Kept You in the Relationship?

  1. What caused you to fall for him (or her)? Did he give you attention? Were you bored and unfulfilled sexually? Did you have anger and resentment leftover from a previous relationship? Did he seem to understand you like nobody else did? Did she know exactly what you were thinking?”
  2. What did you think when you began to fall for him (or her)? Did you fantasize about him daily and believe that he could finally offer you the release you needed to be fulfilled? Did she offer you a way out of your present situation? Did he seem to understand your sexual needs and fulfill you in every way?
  3. How did you feel when you began to notice little inconsistencies and holes even though were enjoying the positive, feel-good things? Did you feel anxious, excited, aroused, happy, nervous, uncertain, hopeful, caring, frustrated, and/or somewhat in denial?
  4. What did you want to do when you noticed his (or her) contradictions? Did you want to question him about some of the confusion you detected in his statements? Did you want to say "no" to her requests for certain things that challenged your moral judgment and weren’t the kind of things you would normally do? Did you want to tell him that he was manipulating you? Did you want to ask her about those inconsistencies, but didn't? Did you ever want to tell him you thought he was not fair to you?
  5. What did you do when it became apparent he (or she) was not real, and you saw the relationship for what it really was? Did you ignore your gut feeling that he was not all that he was presenting himself to be? Did you continue to flirt with and engage in sexual activity with her because she fulfilled so many needs? Were you blinded by your feelings for him (and the feel-good things)? Did you ignore the warning signs that were obvious? Did the bubble finally burst when she dropped out of your life with no explanation and never bothered to answer the last message you sent her? Did you refuse to contact him because, by then, you had realized he had just been playing you and throwing you a few crumbs to keep you hooked, keeping you hoping you would get the cake later?
  6. What was the result? He didn’t meet your expectations and you found out he was a user. You tried to bargain and convince yourself she really did care for you. You were hurt when you realized his feelings were based on selfishness. You discerned her morality was not what you thought it was. You were disappointed, sad, lonely, humiliated, angry, jealous, and felt totally deceived and angry at yourself.

What Do You Do Now?

Are you devastated and beating yourself up daily? Are you thinking, “How could I have been so stupid to ignore the warning signs!?” How do you get over being played? This may be a good time to think back on past relationships and your pattern of choosing partners. Or, if this is the first time this has happened, then learn from the experience.

What can you do with the feelings? For starters, seek out someone you trust to confide in. If your sadness and guilt are too overwhelming, seek the guidance of a professional counselor or psychologist. Your feelings are important, and getting on with your life is critical. Talking it out with an encouraging person can be very healing.

Anger is a normal reaction to being “played.” Maybe you could write the player a mean letter and destroy it. Continually sending the player emails/texts, or leaving hateful, pleading voicemails, however, is not the answer.

The important thing is to acknowledge your anger and tell yourself, “I was played. I have a right to feel angry. I have a right to be angry at myself for allowing it.”

Now it is time to learn to forgive yourself. Let yourself heal and push onward!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Hi I got played.. on June 19, 2020:

So I’m not going to say my age.

I didn’t really think about this guy that way until he showed me some polite signs of attention or whatever you call it. He seemed like a nice gentleman and to be honest I got really interested. I really didn’t want to fall in love with him, I knew I was but I really didn’t want to. I made a huge mistake. I threw too many hints. He possibly found out I like him.. but that’s mostly because of my friends. He directly told me he was trying to hit me up, I was on cloud 9. But then he got colder, colder and colder.. I couldn’t bare any longer so I indirectly asked if he liked me. He said yes, but as a friend. I was so taken aback, since my friend told me multiple times that he used to stare at me, when we looked into each other’s eyes I swore I saw something, he called me cute names... I guess I just misunderstood. I misunderstood. I fell in love with a fantasy. For a couple of months afterwards I was incredibly delusional, I didn’t want to believe it, I wanted to think it was just because he wanted me to chase him... but that was until I saw he was commenting on my friends posts. My world flipped around. I still love him and I don’t know how to move on. He was my first love.

skyler on March 13, 2020:

we never dated but i loved him and i though he liked me im not gonna say my age but i got his snapchat at the mall i texted him first we started snapping 24/7 we would have two diffrent convos on messages and snap. we flirted ALOT we never got like freaky but i liked what we had and i told him i liked him and i would like to be more then friends and he said "me too" then someone added me off of search. i dont add random people but i wanted to know who they were so i added her back and not even two mins later she texted me "hi im j*******s girl bestfriend and i just wanted to tell u that he doesnt like u hes playing with ur feeling:)" i said "okay" and blocked her then he keep leaving me on read like two days later i was at school which means he was at school and i knew this bc i had his location but he texted me on messages and said "i was thinking and your really pretty and i would like to be more then friends" i said "then why did u friend text me that" and he left me on read i was crying alot but i didnt really know what to do anymore like why would u wanna play with my feelings like i liked u and u just became an ass in not even 4 months... but thats how i got played :/

Land on February 05, 2020:

So I started to date this older guy that’s in his 40s and I’m in my 30s about 5months ago. We actually meet cause we work in the same building but different departments. We were doing great the first few months. He would text me everyday, every maybe 2hrs, and he would even text in between the day and even texted Good-morning and Good-night everyday. Everything changed about a month ago and he all of sudden, he started not really texting/calling me, He got upset quick whenever I asked him something. It’s getting to the point now we barely talk at all unless he sees me at work. As much as it hurts to say but I know he played with my feelings and had no intentions on going farther with our relationship. I now know I’ve been played with and it’s nothing I can do but hurt

Jackie on November 22, 2019:

So I was talking to a guy for about 4 weeks he messaged me on Instagram n honestly didn’t really care for it because he was just asking me stuff about my car because we kind of had the same car lol mine was having problems but that day he messaged me we couldn’t stop texting each other back all day .. he made me feel wanted n I liked the attention .. one day he asked me to pick me up from work n I said yes of course so he picked me up that was the first time I met him I thought he was cute n I really wanted to kiss him but he didn’t even try to lol so I thought that was good sign guys usually just want one thing .. but he seemed different he was kind of nerdy lol so the next time I saw him I had just got off work my car was running thank god so I made it home I get home n I asked him wyd n he’s like I’m just over here by ur house he was like down the street

Sad on November 02, 2019:

so i dated this guy that i liked since 3rd grade. we dated... for a week, then he proceeded to text a bunch of other girls, and go to their house. then told me “he didn’t” but i was friends with the people.

SamLee26 on July 26, 2019:

So this is my story. I had developed feelings for a girl I knew, I admitted to her that I did. She said she didn't feel the same way and I took that hard, I ceased contact with her and went to America for a bit on a school trip. Fast forward to when I came back, she said she wanted to meet up. I said yes, and we talked for a while and she asked me, if I still had feelings for her. I vaguely did, so I said yes. I said to her, we should talk more about it. Couple of days later, she's now acting uninterested and cold. I eventually got fed up and told her where she could stick her playing behaviors and moved on. I felt like she was keeping me on as an attention seeker, someone she could fall back on. She always talked about herself and her life, and never seemed interested about mine. Lesson learned: read the warning signs early and don't get trapped like me.

maggie on June 11, 2019:

My best friend who i trusted with my life, started going to my ex place while i was away. There were txt msgs n calls between us n some msgs didnt add up about visits to my ex, when i asked her to explain what that meant i wouldnt get a reply same with my ex.

I finally returned n after a few weeks of going n visiting my ex n helping him around as he had broken his knee cap i wasnt feeling comfortable with conversations they were having.

There was a comment made that i didnt like this particular day n so i went to my car n wrote in my journal to know if i was over thinking what i heard.

I had accidently sent it in msg to her, which i might add there was nothing incriminating against the both of them. But she went crazy accusing me of talking about her etc. It was at that moment i realised my thoughts were right n i wasnt over thinking at all. She began telling lies about me i removed myself from the house n lived in my car. N still to this day she doesnt speak to me. N im feeling as though ive done wrong. Im crushed n dont know why im made feel this way

Annette Harris on February 02, 2019:

You wrote he (or she) which is great, but then wrote 'she' and 'her' all the rest of the time, as though it's to men.

It needs ammending to 'them/they/their' instead of HER and SHE.

Jose on January 21, 2019:

I loved a girl and well I ended asking her out, she said yes. Then 2 days passed and she told me that she wanted to be a good girl and wanted to obey her parents so she broke up with me. I was sketchy about it and later on found out that my friend also liked her and he told her that he liked her but didn’t wanna go out bc he didn’t want her to get in trouble then she said “ I can date” and that hurt me a lot bc she told me she couldn’t date me yet she said to my friends she could... she told me various times she loved and cried one time when I expressed my feelings to her and tbh I don’t know if those tear were real or fake, end of story I was played... and hurt badly

Kylie on November 13, 2018:

Im in middle school went out with this boy for 1 1/2 days he was turning me on and giving me attention and then the next day he started talking less and not really paying attention to me then at the end of the day he said "we done haha get played" felt so sad and lonely

Annie on October 30, 2018:

I met this guy and he started hitting on me I didn’t like him at first all the attention was nice and all but I hardly knew him then me him and my best friend started hanging out and he would hit on me all the time saying things to me friends don’t say I soon fell for him and then I came to the conclusion that he liked my best friend. I was hurt and felt lead on, I ghosted him and he soon realized something was wrong when I told him he denied the whole thing telling me I was wrong saying that he never said those things and that I was lying. He told me he was just being “nice” and it’s my fault I took it the wrong way. I blew up on him but no matter how many times I told him my point of view he never understood why I was upset. I’m so embarrassed and hurt, I feel like maybe I shouldn’t have acted that way but he lead me on and I was just so sad. I quickly dropped my feelings for him but my embarrassment won’t go away I can’t even look at him without getting nauseous I don’t know what to do.

AidenS on July 17, 2018:

So I went to camp like a while ago and we met and hung out all the time we both realized that we liked eachother and exchanged contact information and we had a good thing going then i wrote her a paragraph longer then the limit for texting and she said “I’m not ready to date” even though after she was saying all this shit on how much we liked eachother and then she just ended it all. And the shitty thing is that this is the 2nd girl in a row to do this to me I don’t know what tf I’m going to do....

Vee on May 13, 2018:

I just came out of a relationship. We were dating for a year and a half. Throughout the relationship he cheated on me. I was stupid enough to believe him. Now after getting out of the relationship I realised I was played. He didn't have a job. I had to pay for the house for food and all the living expenses. I paid for his cigarettes, clothes and phones and entertained him. While he was busy seeing other people, telling them the house was his when I was at work. Apart from the lying and the cheating, he would hit,kick, threaten and swear at me when I touch his phone. All of which was signs He cheated. He tells me now that he made a mistake and he can't live without me. I just know he's trying to play me again, trying to get back everything I did for him. I feel used. Everyone warned me but I didn't want to believe that someone can do this to a person. More than anything I feel stupid, deep down I knew he was cheating and lying and emotionally and physically abusing me. I just couldn't give up. I wish I did.

amandanaud@gmail.com on May 07, 2018:

Ok, now the article was extremely helpful and I appreciate you all. I would like an article entitled, "Reputation Over Truth" about when the other party not giving one closure by leaving the relationship lying about you in order to cover their deception that impaled you. Even though I was played, there comes a time when you are good to go, know what I mean? It's a small world, usually the lies the player is saying get back in days if not hours.

stephen on April 19, 2018:

Thanks to everyone who posted there experience, it kinda helps but almost makes me feel sad people hurt each other just by being carless/selfish. I was played and it hurts, still will never know why she wouldn't just say she's not into me. I'm always going to be left wondering if I lost my soulmate just because of a misunderstanding, sure I tried getting an answer but I will never cross or come close to the line of creeping her out. I've completed deleted her from my phone, etc but I can't delete her from my heart, I remember everything she told me... I kinda tried dating again but I feel wrong/dirty like as stupid as this sounds but I feel like I am cheating... yeah I am lame but I don't want any girl to feel the hurt I feel. I guess the only thing to do is make positive changes, do things that make you a better person. That has helped me a little. my only advice is do NOT do any psychic reading unless your able to take it with a grain of salt. In my case my first two "lucky numbers" were her birthday... so fml. but I really have hope 1 day I'll find a girl that will be specai and will love me as much as I will love them. writing helps.

ash on March 22, 2018:

she texted me and asked whether i should love her, i replied that i would make her dinner tonight, she went silent, waited for her reply the entire day, finally call her, she didn't answer, finally text her that i would drop off her shoes that she left at my car, still nothing, drove back home, and thought, hey-i've been played... sigj.

Louise on March 02, 2018:

this guy promised me the world. I met him on a dating app. I've been single for 2 years so when we went on our first date, he showed up in a fancy car, he showed me his fancy house and an empty walk in closet, said it would be mine, mentioned me and his young daughter, how she would like me. It felt nice to hear all these things. we spent two weekends together, chatted & text all day/night. come to this weekend we had dinner, amazing $ex for the 1st time, even went shopping, went to the gym together, watched a movie at home and feel asleep together. here comes Monday, I leave from his house to work. That evening I notice he was standoffish with no text messages, didnt answer my after work phone call and bam! a text that said he has mixed feelings and didn't want to string me along, he should of told me before the weekend started. I tried calling him and he never answered my calls or messages again. he ghosted me. This hurt my soul. I feel so stupid! Ladies or gentlemen, if someone comes on too strong in the beginning and makes you feel beautiful inside, its probably too good to be true. tell them to slow down and see what their reaction is. I wish I would of, could of. I've been beating myself all week over this. I'm heartbroken. I'd like to mention, this has never happened to me, in my 41 years of life. players come in all shapes, ages and sizes. when someone makes promises, just smile and nod. or run!

Trisha on March 01, 2018:

I just found out that I was cheated on because this player did “stuff” with the other girl but he still likes me so I don’t know what to do at this point. And he also removed me from Snapchat and then added me back and then removed me again and i literally don’t know what to do at this point.

ash on February 27, 2018:

i think i recently got played by a troubled girl. on our first date we have already kissed, she made most of the first moves. i knew she was a player, but i told myself, it's okay, moments with her was good enough. she made all the first texts, 'miss you' were her common text. but it was so hard to get her out on 4th date. i played along, kept cool, even her absence. i mean, i've been played before, and i thought this time if i play it cool, i might have an upper hand. but i was wrong, as long we like that person, we have already lost. yet in a more optimistic mind, i've already won on our first date, when a hot beautiful girl like her would willing to kiss me. i haven't really kiss anyone for almost years. so i shouldn't complain and count my blessing that a playette were willing to play me, and 3 dates of kissing, fun drinking, sharing, conversation, held hands. it's only now that she's done with me, i feel a little sad, and misses her. but i know i've to be strong and feel good about myself. Confidence that I'm a good person to be with, and they would be more girls out there willing to go out with me. But will I ever find a psychotic and neurotic girl like her again? Why am I only fascinated with girls like her? Am I a masochist? But I generally find alot of people boring, maybe i'm too self-centered, maybe i think too much. i dunno...

Trouble on November 29, 2017:

I am having a similar experience to "Igotgot" and "secret." This guy at work is so charming and sweet yet (a bad boy) in a way all at the same time. We have quite a bit in common but He is quite older than me. He texts me, touches my back all the time at work, calls me beautiful, etc. I have seen him flirting with another girl at work and just found out he's been calling her too! When he literally just fed me the bs saying "you're such a good girl" "I just get lonely" "I feel so comfortable talking to you" etc ..like he's making me feel comfortable in one breath like he really is in to me..but really I think he just wants into my pants. I would always joke with him calling him "Trouble". Now I feel like I subconsciously just knew all along and for real now all I can think of is that T-swift song "Trouble."

Kimberly on November 28, 2017:

I am 16 years old and me and my current boyfriend/ now ex just broke up , he was getting back with his ex

PissedAf on April 11, 2017:

This rlly helped ! So it all started when I started liking this guy in school, we got each others social medias, stared flirting a little . Over a couple weeks one of his social medias started glitching so he gave me his phone number instead. We decided to flirt even more, talk on the phone almost everyday, hug at school, and make a lot of eye contact, we were in a "relationship" which means we weren't technically dating, even though he said he would ask me out sooner or later. We would say "I love u" and all types of things people who are dating would say and do, so I treated our relationship like we were dating. Over about 2 months later i walk a different direction he's walking, but I turn back the other way and find to see him hugging another girl , I felt so small and definitely had a tear coming down my cheek. I texted him and told him how I felt when he did that, and I told him not to play girls in the future and all that. Although he understood he still didn't apologize , but it's whatever. A couple days passed with us not texting then he decides to text me and starts a normal conversation like nothing happened. I ask him after "why do we still talk when we're mad at each other", being the childish person he is he decide to say random gibberish then ended up saying "hutch" which means "hoe, slut, bitch", so I decided to teach this BOY a lesson

Igotgot on February 16, 2017:

Omg @secret

This sounds so familiar. I am seeing this guy from my job as well. I just found he's been putting the works on multiple girls. I suspect he's in a steady/long term relationship as well but he's spent nights over my place on multiple occasions including New Years, so I am not sure. What's even crazier is that he had the nerves to call himself jealous and question my loyalty to him and my relationship with a male friend of mine. Master manipulator I tell ya.

Anyway it's only been 3 months so no love lost there. Am just annoyed I have to see him at work everyday and he still tries to get back into my bed. F that.

Secret on February 11, 2017:

I got played by a co-worker. He gave me a lot of attention, seduced me with kisses in my neck, compliments,... for many months. We never became intimate although it came very close. He has a steady relation for over 4 years. We still work close together, and still spend a lot of time together. I have recently found out he is working on another woman (at work). It is unbearable to me, I cannot take any distance, not mentally nor physically as we are forced to work close together. I refuse to leave the job, he is leaving in a few months but I wish I would have magic formula to take my distance now. In the weekends I feel better, but in the week it's terrible. He also calls me nearly every night when he is not with his partner.

How can I break the spell ??? whenever I'm with him he charms me within minutes, and - stupid me - I melt...

RecoverToday (author) from United States on January 05, 2017:

Excellent!!!!!, Clarice!

Clarice on October 29, 2016:

On July 10th of this year, I was feeling a bit depressed and sad. Called/text ALL my friends, none answered. I decided to take some fresh air and wandered in the beautiful old port of my city.

I'm in my mid 20's and before that 10th of July, I was finally healing from my last relationship (got married; we believed in each other/we loved each other but weren't compatible after all). I never did the "dating/girlfriend-boyfriend/hooking up" thing). Always has been attracted to old men but only had 2 partners, including my ex-husband. Bottom line: not much experience in the dating scene.

That day, I strangely thought a lot of my ex-husband which hadn't occurred in years. Portugal had won against France in the EURO 2016 and I was slightly happy (ex-husband is French).

I was on my way home, when I thought: "I should have a drink at that nice restaurant". Went there, it was closed. Walked away but for some reason I thought: "Let's just go back and make sure it is closed".

Restaurant indeed closed, walking back home for good.

That's when I met him.

I saw him from far after he parked his car until our paths met just like in a stupid movie: I was walk on the other side of the street, opposite direction. He was tall, slim/in shape, older (much older), elegantly dressed and a killer smile. Let's call him G.

G: "Heyyy." At that point, I thought he was a tourist in need as I have encountered and helped a few that day.

I smiled back and he said: "I like the way you walk".

I thought: "Oh my god grandpa, this is such a lame pickup line."

I later understood the true mean of that pickup line. At that precise moment, he was in "hunting mode" and I was the perfect pray: depression state of mind, lonely. My body language must have shown signs of weakness and G liked "the way I walked" not because I carried myself good, but because I was an easy target for him.

He pointed my sweater which had the name of my city written on and asked me if I was from here. I thought to myself: "Don't give me personal info." Instinctively, I kept looking around, making sure a safe distance was separating us and that I would never be cornered against a wall.

The more he spoke with that warm and soft voice of his, the more my gut feeling was telling me to avoid him, that he was untrustworthy.

This happened very fast despite the long description. And so did the rest. I surgically remember his words: "I am a business lawyer. My friend and I just acquired a software company: he's an accountant." Proceeds to smile in a charismatic way to establish trust. "I'm selling my house to move downtown."

I wanted to ask him: " WHY ARE YOU, A MAN CLEARLY IN HIS LATE FORTIES, SHARING ALL THIS? WHY ARE YOU SELLING YOURSELF TO ME? WHAT.DO.YOU.WANT?"

But I was just too happy to speak with someone. I've woken up that day, in tears as I dreamt of my ex-husband. I was extremely vulnerable and yes, I'm an emotionally sensitive person.

Conveniently, the alarm system of his car went on but I was taught to never turn my back from a stranger. "I'm glad that works." he said. I registered that his right hand was ALREADY in his pocket as the alarm system went on. To this day, I believe he purposely activated it to show me his luxurious car because when I didn't turn around to where the sound was coming from, his cold blue eyes looked into mine a second too long and THEN he turned the alarm system off.

All of the sudden, his face was softer and nicer but he kept moving forward, getting closer to me. He wasn't defensive, he was on the offensive. He pointed it out that "La vie en rose" was being played by a street artist (saxophone) which was true but I believe it was a way to make me at ease and to put the attention else where than his "failed car attempt".

I have always notice those little things about people. and he was purely magnetic. He then handled me his phone, asked for my number. I was trying to gain some time, gave a wrong number.

Before separating paths, I asked him if he was wearing "Bleu de Chanel" perfume (I have a sharp sense of smell and couldn't recognize his perfume which triggered me). He IMMEDIATELY moved forward, extended his neck for me to smell.

I was shocked that he invaded my personal space so quickly and with ease but most of all, it felt like he "used my question as an opportunity". No better way to put things.

As we separated I smiled and told him I didn't believe a word he said and that to me he was a tourist. He didn't seem to appreciate at all, as if he wasn't worth to be trustable. He replied: "I always start with friendship first." He was about to turn his back and then I asked him: "To how many girls do you say those things?"

I don't remember much of his respond except that he dismissed it with a wave of hand.

I'm considering weiting a book out of this story because despite all, the 10th of July was the loveliest encounter I experienced with a stranger falling out of the blue. My ex-husband met in a similar context: a spontaneous strong attraction.

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rene on February 26, 2016:

I was just recently played,this guy acted like he was really into me,would always text me goodmorning,goodnight he made me feel special and that I finaly met a good guy,he even told me that he loved me,but I knew it wasnt true,but I really liked that I felt like there was someone there,but there were red flags,that I noe know that I ignored,we slept togther but he still talked to me but I could tell there was something wrong,that and he was in a dating site,telling me he loved me but would constantly be online,and everytine I brought it up he said he that I just alway says that but I know hes lieing,and he will tell me will hangout and say a day but never go threw with it,hes a smooth talker,but he doesnt go threw with anything,I blocked him on my phone last night I feel like hes lieing to me and he wont be honest with me,and mow im trying to pick up the pieces and accept what happened and be ok,

Lauren Drexel on October 13, 2015:

i was in a situation like this. She said the she was done with her bf but it was a lie. Now she posts daily fab posts with them. I want to tell him because f her for getting to skate free and clear.

Thoughts?

player1234 on June 24, 2015:

I realize this site seems to be geared toward women but in 2015 come on you make it sound like women are angels and never emulate the very behaviour you are describing making men to me the culprit. Wake up women are doing this worse then men. wtf ... so redic that you are pinning men as the ones doing this.. that is b.s.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on February 28, 2015:

Dear Sklesher: First let me apologize for not responding sooner.

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said, above "...I knew he had been a player for years prior to this so I was shocked.... " This was the warning signal you missed. A repeated pattern of this guy going after women for the thrill of the hunt. DO NOT GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE.

My heart breaks for you. You see, it's time to look inside yourself and ask why you are continually attracted to men with these traits. It's not anything wrong with you, as a person. It's the fact that you have not yet learned how to recognize and listen to the warning signals. You have a pattern of getting involved with abandoning men. It's familiar to you, so you always lean to what is familiar because it's comfortable.

Remember that because it's familiar doesn't mean it's healthy. Learning how to identify HEALTHY traits takes a while. Therapy and a commitment to abstinence. If you continue in this familiar behavior, you will continue to be hurt and feel abandoned. You are a wonderful caring person!! You do NOT deserve the abandoning treatment you have been getting.

Clblues on January 14, 2015:

Sklesher, he is a narcissist and possibly a socoiopath. You need to dump him and go No Contact! Visit Psychopath Free dot com. So sorry. Get yourself tested for STDs?

RecoverToday (author) from United States on September 28, 2014:

PMARTIN: you certainly have a right to your opinion and you are correct: just because someone breaks up with you doesn't mean they are a player. BUT....you missed the point . If someone DOESN'T break up with you in the traditional sense and RUDELY blows you off, then that's a different story.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on July 19, 2014:

CL Blues.....Hon, keep fighting. I understand where you are. I've been there too. Take advantage of the support you have. Please work on not internalizing the rejection you experience. IT IS NOT YOU. Until you can thoroughly heal and recognize those warning signs that are present early in relationships, you'll be right back in the same boat. Take a vow to avoid relationships at all cost. Hang out with friends more. Take a trip with one of them!!

Also, remember that getting over someone doesn't have a time limit. It used to take me months and months to get over the rejection of a 6 week relationship. Our minds are OCD....medication can help.

God bless you hon!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on July 18, 2014:

Tweeny, honey.....loneliness is only a word! Get out there and have a good time!

CLBlues on June 28, 2014:

Dear RecoverToday,

Thanks for the four thumbs up, but I'm not out of the woods yet. I had come across a few narcs that I allowed to take advantage of me since the six months ago when I last wrote in. I didn't sleep with them, but they hurt me psyche . . Or should I say I let them hurt my psyche. One thing you may have guessed, is that I'm an HSP, and an Empath, so I have a tremendously difficult time getting over things. I mean, even I cannot stand it that I can't get over things. I ruminate, and ruminate till the cows come home (and the cows never do come home so it's endless). And yes, I'm still not over the guy I wrote in about to begin with. His birthday was a few weeks ago, and it triggered me. His high school reunion is in over a month, and again I feel triggered knowing he will be in town. And yes, I am in therapy. I have let my CoDa meetings slip however. I'm not on the dating scene, as a matter of fact I met (via phone and text) some very toxic men on online dating. I had to turn one in, block another, and still have been contacting match about another psycho that threatened me (never met me, and does not know my full name). So yes, I am done. I have since lost my job a few weeks ago, and will lose my health insurance in one month. So needless to say, I am hitting rock bottom. My therapy session will no longer be covered. So, I have learned even more since last time . . Really I have. I have read tons on narcissist, Psychopathy, and sociopathy. However, my heart is super broken. I have a lot of difficulty even getting out of bed in the morning (and I am healthy and able bodied). This has done a number on me. I think most of all my ego and pride hurts from being rejected, even though I should feel blessed to have those toxic people leave me. Thankfully none have hovered back.

tweeny on June 22, 2014:

Thank you for the page and all the sharing by the readers. I recently felt played, but my mind was rationalising it otherwise. Reading the entries gave me the go ahead to feel upset. I feel less alone now and more liberated from my pain.

Like entries before i knew this guy is not for me. But he was hot on my heels, and the attention can get addictive. Before i knew it i was hooked. He told me if we couldn't be couples we would be best pals. I thought it was possible. That thought made me feel safe. Possibly too safe, and made things more confusing, when i cant tell what sweet-nothings are a joke and what are for real.

I think he didn't mean to play.. he himself keeps saying he is afraid of being played. But maybe this is also part of my rationalising mind. To save my sanity i forced him to tell me if he is interested in someone else (oh yes he admitted, finally). I am past humiliation that i let this happened to myself AGAIN, when i knew at the start its going to happen this way. Going to cut all ties with him, even tho he is a nice chap to spend time with... then.

I am beginning to think that i cant go into any relationships.... the risk of getting played is too high. But the thought of loneliness is just too painful.

Caley on June 19, 2014:

So ive just been played... by someone who before sleeping with me said he loved me and wanted to marry me and then stopped taking my calls right after...

RecoverToday (author) from United States on December 28, 2013:

CLBlues!

I give you 4 thumbs up!!

1, for admitting a mistake.

2, for going to therapy.

3, for recognizing the negative traits in others.

4, for moving on with your life!!

Great job!!!!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on December 28, 2013:

Wow, LCD. That' took the taco! How rude and inconsiderate. I'll bet he had a great excuse........good thing he's history. Just ignore him. I too am glad it never went any further.

CLBlues on December 01, 2013:

Dear RecoverToday,

I wanted to give you an update from 13 months ago. I slipped twice before finally "getting it". I had to really hit bottom, bottom. I saw the assclown again after my last entry, so that date was Dec. 8th. I am feeling a bit triggered as I approach the anniversary. We had a wonderful time that night. He arranged a great hotel in town over looking the faux winter wonderland that is put on each year in my town. He brought many candles for the room. He made love to me and professed his love to me. We went to a wonderful dinner, then walked about the winter wonderland and watched ice skaters. In the morning, he seemed rushed to get home (a three hour drive). For the first time, he took pictures at the cafe where we grabbed lattes, and he posted on Facebook (of course never revealing who I was, but out 70 friends in common know me). After that, he pretty much went MIA. He called a few times, and even asked for my address. In a normal world that means someone is going to send a card or gift . . But nothing ever came. I became more saddened. I heard from him briefly on Christmas, and thereafter. I was so angered at this narcissist, that I prayed to confront him again one day to tell him how that made me feel. And yes I full well knew that with narcs they don't care. Well, he started calling again . . Hooking me in again, and I was a sucker for the last time. I practiced what I would say to him. I arranged a meet up and drove 3 hours to see him. His behavior was cold and hot. He would switch between seemingly nice, to seeming put out. I didn't know if I was coming or going. I call this the spin cycle. My mom calls it ping-ponging. Anyway, I tried to do what my therapist calls "standing in my truth", and it bombed. He seemed to deflect, argue back, and wouldn't let me have my say. Then he got really sweet, and just wanted to be nice and comfort me. I feel for it again! I actually spent the night, and never felt as bad as I did. After the bedroom session, he changed again to his true ugly self. I could hardly wait till morning. He completely discarded me as of April 20th. If you read my post above, you'll read that I'm not that kind of fun time gal, who can just get an itch scratched and move along. I am a relationship gal. So, needless to say, I felt cheap and used, and angry at myself. I realized this past Spring the hard way. I am still recovering. And like another Commenter said, I'm still learning. I tried a few dates, and BAM, more narcissists. I have officially stopped dating until I heal myself, and dissect why I am doing this. The beauty however is I can spot it pretty good now. I just need to listen to my gut better based on knowing what to do with the information.

LCD 52195 on November 24, 2013:

Bump: I found this article because I believe I am being played. After reading everything above, it all fits my situation to a T.

The man in question is a co-worker who is playing another female at the same time. He has been at my place of employment for just a few months. This man is even living with his girlfriend of 3 years, and so very convincing that he is leaving her. LOL. We can make ourselves believe anything if we think our needs are going to be met. I thank God this thing never went beyond a few kisses.

Today, he was supposed to visit my home in the afternoon. Today was my only day off, for the next couple of weeks. He never contacted me to tell me he wasn't going to make it, and he never showed up. Inconsiderate much? He is a scumbag for sure, but I am more pissed than anything, that my time was wasted, so many other things I could have been doing. It is going to be awkward at work tomorrow.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on September 25, 2013:

Wild roses: Hon, I feel your pain! I think what happens is that we create an image of someone in our mind when we don't know them face to face (like online). Then when the excitement persists, you meet....Boom! All that urgency is caught up in a wave. Then you deny his advances (smart move!). I don't think it would have persisted had you given in to him.

The excitement was over. Your expectations of him were high, he burst the bubble and you got let down. He's full of crumbs, cold crumbs on a hot plate. That's probably all he can give. Try reading this hub:

https://donotfear.hubpages.com/hub/Closure. It may lead you to some other hubs about relationships. You need time to climb back up from the blow.

I think counseling would be a good idea.....don't give up!

wildroses4u on September 24, 2013:

My story is similar to so many others... I met someone online, through mutual friends. He contacted me. He pursued me and convinced me to meet him at the beach. I did. He was all over me...coming on real strong...but I stopped it before anything got out of hand. Needless to say, I fell for him. I actually thought he liked me... What ensued were days of anguish...he'd gone from so hot, needing to meet me, wanting to get to know me to practical silence... I was devastated. I felt deceived, disappointed, my self-esteem taking another pounding. He'd text occasionally (crumbs) even called a few times when he discovered I was actually upset. He could hear it in my voice.

I told him not to worry, it was just a phase, I'd get over it, but he was adamant we 'talk'. (On the phone , no less) He wanted me to admit, needed it, that I'd been hurt by his hot/cold behaviour. When I finally did admit it, I told him, not to worry, I'd been there, I'd get over it. I think it boosted his ego to discover that he'd gotten under my skin, without too much happening.

What upsets me is why do I feel so bad? I didn't sleep with him. I stopped his advances. I genuinely wanted to get to know him. He claims he wants to get to know me too...

That at worst, we can be good friends and at best, who knows? (More crumbs).

I see it. I acknowledge it. Yet, I feel sad. Wish I could just shrug it off, but can't. Part of me hates him for causing me such anguish, the other part just wishes he'd see what a fantastic person I am and he's a fool to 'play' me.

How do I get over the pain? Why can't/won't I accept the obvious? It's just as painful to have 'hope'. Maybe I do need professional help.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on June 01, 2013:

boudbouol:

You have done a great job defining the problem you have about this man. It would be great if you could learn how to handle your reactions to his "inaction". I completely relate and understand the type of man you have encountered. If he wanted a more detailed, involved relationship, he would make himself available. I pray you seek better counsel through a therapist or counselor. You are not alone. Please take time out for yourself and create new interests, friends and treat yourself well. God bless you.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on June 01, 2013:

Maria:

That is wonderful that you have learned from the situation and moved on. And smarter still to take it slow with a new friend. Congratulations!

Maria on May 19, 2013:

Hi just 15 months ago I found this site and was recovering from a bad relationship with a guy who was a player/bad boy type. As of today I am doing very well and met a great guy! We are not really together but we're taking it slow and friends. I think that is a great thing! So I wanted to share my story to let others know you can give over this mess! :)

boudboul on May 12, 2013:

[I apologize in advance for my broken English, it is not my native language]

Thank you so much for your advices! I've been played for the first time recently, and it really hurts!... The thing is, after my first date with this guy, people warned me about him, but I was not really listening because I was not looking for a relationship so I thought it was ok... I just wanted to have fun and I did not expect much from him. But actually, it's one thing to "have fun" with someone, it is another thing to do it in mutual respect and honesty.

This was not the case with him... I always had to make the first move otherwise I had to wait for weeks before he would talk to me, he was super nice to me when I was with him but afterwards he was disappearing for a while, etc... I found myself depending on him, waiting hours for his texts/messages even though I did not want a relationship!

I basically became obsessed with him whereas at first I did not care that much about him. Now I'm gradually trying to get over him but if he contacts me I have no idea how to respond. Also, if I see him again, I don't know if I should make everything clear and ask for a fwb relationship or not? I'm really afraid of rejection and I don't usually ask this kind of things so it would really hard for me...

RecoverToday (author) from United States on March 23, 2013:

You are very welcome, macteacher! Your words are very inspiring and uplifting. I am so happy for you that you have learned to identify the traits that continue putting you into those situation. Namaste.

Wendy Golden from New York on March 03, 2013:

Dear CL - They run their game on the tender hearted, because those are the people they know they can manipulate. I speak from experience as a recovering tender hearted soul who got stepped on by a player and is still recovering more than a year after getting trampled on.

In Buddhism they say everyone in our environment is a mirror of something in us. I have figured out that the stinkers in my life are simply mirroring back to me how I feel about myself. Somewhere deep down I learned to accept crumbs. I am now going to do everything in my power to change my perspective - then, and only then, can I change who I attract into my life.

This man that keeps wandering into your life is probably a narcissist - they are predators and reading up on the disease should give you some peace. It really has nothing to do with you. I"m sending you good energy.

Recovery Today: Thank you for such a helpful and useful Hub. I'm bookmarking so I can reread when I need to and link to some of the resources. Voted up!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on January 12, 2013:

EP, yes I agree. It's humiliating, to say the least to know that you've been deceived when it was practically rubbed in your face. Yes, it's hurtful, but there is life afterwards. Good luck to you.

EP on January 06, 2013:

I can totally relate to the above and what was said about women deceiving themselves is very true in my case too, sad as it may seem even though I knew he was lying to me, seeing other people and probably feeding me lines I went along with it, it was almost like I was addicted to him. I feel sorry for anyone who falls for a player, its very hurtful

RecoverToday (author) from United States on November 07, 2012:

CLBlue:

You could be a carbon copy of me. 'Chipped away at your self respect' is a really good description. Jennifer Aniston said once, after Pitt dumped her, that "there's a sensitivity chip missing". Well said. You have the upper hand now. Glad your'e getting the professional support. Hang in there, my friend!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on November 06, 2012:

CL Blues:

You are right in your description of this one - 'stealth player'. Very crafty, indeed. And he probably does not even know he is doing it or he is so used to tossing crumbs and using sweet words to make up for his guilt that it is a second nature to him. Now that you have identified this is a pattern with him. you have taken the first step on recognizing why you selected him. You said that you are too nice of a person; and you are. It is a wonderful trait to have, but not when one continually gets taken advantage of.

It does appear that this young man is quite aware of your feelings for him and, being unable to fully commit or feel as deeply as you do, simply says sweet, loving words to lift the guilt for his inability to jump in. It is his way of saying 'I know I can't give back to you but to make you feel better, I love you'. Then disappearing act. My guess is that he is unable to come through completely for anyone, giving you more reason not to blame yourself and think it is something wrong with you; because it is not.

I sincerely hope that you will seek counseling. You ARE worth more than this, and do not forget it! I pray you discuss this with a professional, I can tell it is hurting you to the depth of your soul. You will not always hurt like this; but in the meantime, get help and get in action. You are worth it!

CLBlues on November 05, 2012:

I just found this thread, and just in time. My heart has just been broken by a stealth player. Or should I say, I let myself be hurt by what I suspected was a player, but failed to listen to my gut. Each day for me now has been awful. He is a bread crumb guy as well, so he is occassionally calling me to keep me strung along. He had a vague way of saying, you can date, and I can date, but if our paths meet up again, well . . . I have never been a backburner gal, and I can't believe I ever even entertained the idea that I could be. I've always been a commitment gal, so why change now. I've had a weakness for this guy for years (old high school sweetheart). I have found myself trying to rewrite history, and you know what folks? . . . A tiger never changes his stripes. You would think now that I'm older, I should be wiser. The problem is that I'm too nice of a person, and I give people too many chances. I'm also a hopeless romantic, and actually believe what people tell me. Just like Luna's story, my guy told me he loved me as we were drifting off to sleep. There we were butt to butt, heads on pillow, and lights out as he dropped those words on me. The next day, he told me again during an intimate session. Then, that day was the last time I saw him. We had 3 months of sporadic dates (he lived 3hr away), and he had plenty of time to drop those words on me before. Why would someone say those three little words on the last occasion? It's a total mind f*#k for me. I feel an emptiness every day that starts out in the morning and lasts till bedtime. I should not miss someone that is hot and cold, but there's a long history of over 20 years. My mind is spinning on how to handle the next time he calls. My mom said he had it all planned out, and that he probably has gals in other towns he's saying the same thing to. Just so confusing to me as this has shattered how I will ever trust again. Oh yeah, it doesn't help that is is super good looking. I keep thinking about how he sent me a picture of us saying "cute couple", them weeks after explaining reasons why he never posts pictures on his Facebook page. My heart sinks. I k ow I'm worth more than this, but I feel so weak.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on September 30, 2012:

Dorota: I hope you will go on with your life. It was such a one sided relationship. I pray you can continue an start meeting emotionally healthy people who aren't so closed. You deserve much better.

anon on September 24, 2012:

Me again. All ok and moving on...but just some thoughts to share with you and this time with a backward glance. If you read all the meassages posted on this board, they amount to the same thing. Met man or woman fell in love, invested and then they disappear. And then we give months and even years of our lives trying to solve the puzzle. Was it me, something I said, did, didn't do and so on and yet it all amounts to the same thing. If you disappear on somebody, be you a man or a woman you are basically a self centred person with absolutely no idea of the state you left another person in. You leave them to figure it out with not even a small clue. So mean and yes so cruel. And then I ask myself why on earth do we spend so much time on such a person. Well, two minutes would do fine. Well, I think the answer is that rejection is a horrible thing and we somehow want to rationalise it. If it is a verbal rejection where the person decides to communicate, it is already not good as you hear things you do not want to hear, but if it is the silent treatment that is way, way worse. When they disappear, you make excuses. He or she is in a bad place, maybe depressed, maybe maybe and maybe. But heck, it does not stop them communicating, unless they are in a coma. And then we try to communicate to get them to open up. We send sweet messages No answer, an answer that is not clear or an answer that keeps you hanging on but whatever the answer it still does not satisfy us. We send emotionally fuelled messages and that sends them into their rabbit hutches. As for me, I am finally coming out of the haze. I no longer wake up with this thing. A mixture of nostalgia, melancholy and confusion. A feeling that this long-distance person i cared for so much just threw me out. A feeling of getting stronger every day and getting my bounce back. That is what it is about for me, getting my bounce back and finally casting the memory of this not so nice person to the archives of my mind. Any feedback.. Doing just ok and thanks for this forum.

Dorota on September 22, 2012:

I am not sure if my experience was with a player but the whole thing sure left me confused. I met a man from another town far from wher I live on an evening out ..he was on business in my town. We hit it off immediately and over the next few months we began seeing each other mostly weekends at my place. Text messages morning and night, calls, flowers and then the rot started setting in. Hot and cold behaviour started. Lots of enthusiastic communication then none for days and then back again and we lasted all most a year and a half like this until he finally pulled out...just stopped with no reason given. I did not really feel him as a player. He made no promises, no talk about the future and although we were in an intimate relationship, he never expressed any feelings for me, very few compliments and very little affection and zero emotions. When i expressed any feelings towards him, my feelings were strong, i got no reaction until our talk became just about our daily lives, jobs etc. It was extremely frustrating for me, so awful to be in an empty relationship like that. And you might ask why I let it go on so long. Well because I cared deeply about him and I was just hoping he would come forward but it never happened. I dont feel angry towards him and no hate just an extreme sadness. He touched my soul I think. Was he a player, I am not convinced. There were things I noticed though, those little revealing things. When he left my apartment, he always made sure to take every last thing, like you would when leaving a hotel. He loved his clothes and clothes shops. We could have whole conversations about clothes. I think he would liked to have a say in what i wore but I did not allow that. Also quite ungenerous and happy to sit back and let me pay. Never took any initiatives in planning our days, i always did that. So I guess you could call it one sided and by the way, i never got to see his home. He was definitely not married as there was no particular pattern to his calls and messages. I trust that. So what would you call that? Last contact was initiated by me, a text but the answer was cold and flat, i think he had lost his job. That was three months ago an i left it at that and decided there was no point in flogging a dead horse. A player of another kind maybe? Confused, did not know what he wanted? You tell me, would love feedback. The whole episode has drained me but I am getting on with it, just need to be more vigilant the next time. Sorry for the long winded message and thanks.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on August 06, 2012:

Luna, sounds to me like his true colors are showing. Best to stay away from someone like that, I would say. He sounds so much a like a player.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 02, 2012:

vicki, Thanks for your input. I can only imagine the waves of doubt that keep hitting you. Just remember your gut intuition and follow it closely. If he's not giving you what you need emotionally now, he won't ever. He's what I would call a "distant player". He's probably a good guy but just can't dive in and spread himself wide enough to satisfy the need you have. Trust yourself. You are on the right track by not initiating contact. It wouldn't hurt to not be available. You aren't alone!

vicki5897 from South suburbs of Chicago on April 02, 2012:

Great hub! I really think this gets to the bottom of things and the emotions we all go through when we suspect that someone isn't being quite who they say they are. I have been misled a lot in the past as well. My problem is, I'm am trying not to let my past ruin what could be a good thing in the present with someone else. I always seem to give them the benefit of the doubt but still approaching dating and relationships on the negative side because of my inability to trust. I am actually seeing a guy now who seems to be a poor communicator and like you've mentioned, tossing out bread crumbs just to keep me hooked. I have confronted him about this a few times already yet he seems to get upset by it saying that I am always negative and that he really does like me, but he's been busy. I believe that to a certain extent, but sometimes my gut-feeling tells me it's just an excuse. I've told him I can't do this anymore three times within the past 2 months, yet everytime he either calls me right away to talk it out or tells me that he cares if we went our separate ways. I am so confused now, but I am trying to focus on my own life without contacting him anymore. I will not initiate contact and he does just about everyday. This hub helped me understand that there are more out there than I've realized that feel the same way I do. Very useful! :)

RecoverToday (author) from United States on February 25, 2012:

shorty: May you go on in your life and find happiness to the fullest!

shorty on February 19, 2012:

relationship would have went on as far as forever.im stronger now an moving on,becuz i worthy of all i put into a relationship.as Alicia keys would sing,,im moving on..know i am know,i deserve the happiness i never had, thx for so much ,i feel no more hurt an pain,only strength to

RecoverToday (author) from United States on February 04, 2012:

Thank you for the comments. It is always difficult to admit to a mistake but exceptionally hard when it pertains to matters such as this.

Maria on January 27, 2012:

It is a painful experience but you will recover from it. I know because I have experienced it.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on January 25, 2012:

Thank you for sharing :) It's very helpful .. God bless U!!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on February 09, 2011:

LisaMarie: You are absolutely right! I am glad to share this information with you. Sometimes if it feels good it is not necessarily a good thing.

ILuvKenton: You are very welcome. Please pass it on.

ILuvUKenton from The corner of Forever and Heartbreak on January 30, 2011:

Great job on this hub. Thanks for the advice.

Lisa Stover from Pittsburgh PA on January 10, 2011:

You really seem to get it, Bad Boys aka players are so exciting but rarely ever good for you. I enjoyed this very much.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on August 16, 2010:

Lita C: You are so right. If one uses caution in the situation and stop to think first, much anguish could be avoided. Thank you for your input.

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on August 12, 2010:

"Players" wearing masks are of many kinds. But they are of the same vein, liars and users. You trust them so honestly, then one day- you are betrayed. This happens not only about love, but also in any endeavor- in the family, in the workplace, everywhere! No matter how selective we would be on who to be with, chances are, if we give too much of ourselves, we would be hurt somehow. But a lesson was learned, no matter how hard it was! This is a good reminder for everyone to be extra careful with would-be "players". They can be detected, if we are positive thinkers.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on May 02, 2010:

Vibhavare: Thank you for your comment. You are correct, the pattern of "throwing a few crumbs for some cake later" seems to keep the person hanging on for dear life. I do hope this article can open the eyes of someone who may be a victim. Thanks.

Vibhavari from India on May 02, 2010:

Hi,

This is really insightful for the many people who are stuck in a relationship pattern of getting a few crumbs thrown to keep them hooked with the hope they would be getting the cake later..and sadly this can go on for a long time and by then your self esteem is so badly damaged you start to wonder if you can ever trust again!

Thanks for all those insights you have put in this hub.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 26, 2010:

Heart4theWord: You are so right. Being around a manipulator can and does 'wise a person up'. However, women, being the trusting souls we are, tend to ignore the warning signs when blinded by their feeling. Hopefully, others will learn to see that 'big red flag' you talk about and run! Thank you.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 26, 2010:

Harvey S: You are correct in your assumption that this hub is partly about my own experience in life, with a few lessons I learned talking with others. That is why I whole-heartedly have made an effort to assist others to take heed of the warning signs to avoid being 'played'. I thank you for your honesty but I prefer to write as an objective observer, as all my writings are not taken from personal experience alone.

heart4theword from hub on April 26, 2010:

Learning from your mistakes! Being around a person, who is a manipulator sure wises a person up! After experiencing this kind of treatment, you learn to see the signs, at first glance. Like a big red flag...waving in your face! Life informative hub:)

Harvey Stelman from Illinois on April 26, 2010:

recover,

I don't know if my original comment went through, so here goes.

This article is about yourself, nothing to be embarrassed about. As the old saying goes; "live and learn."

You have given all that read this (and haven't experienced it) a good deal to think about. Still I say; Be yourself; why change for others? I wrote a song abot that years ago. Just keep your eyes and your mind clear to think.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 25, 2010:

Kaie Arwen: Thank you for a good observation. You are correct in the theory that a lot of women tend to deceive themselves. This is where empowerment of the woman is important; to learn new skills in choosing what man to get involved with and which men are 'healthy'. In addition, learning to LISTEN to the warning signs and OBEY them when they first appear. You are so right in you description that men who tend to be players are nothing more than arrogant! It is one of the traits of a true 'player'. Thank you for a really informative comment!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 25, 2010:

donotfear: I am sorry you were manipulated in this way. Hopefully you were able to learn and recognize that not all those who claim to be honest are truthful. The self-centeredness goes along with the role of 'player'. It is a pattern that, for some, is easily recognizable and for others, is apparent, yet they cannot see it because of what you state: temporary blindness to logic. Thanks for reading and glad to inform you.

Kaie Arwen on April 25, 2010:

Most of the women I know who fell for "players" tended to deceive themselves rather than be deceived. It's alright to be naïve, but choosing not to see is something completely different. That doesn't mean that the definition of "player" isn't well deserved by those who carry it, but men who strive for that title will rarely end up happy in the long run, those who deem themselves players are nothing more than arrogant, and those who earn it; they're a name I won't use here; pick one........... it'll fit!

Annette Thomas from Northeast Texas on April 24, 2010:

Oh boy.....do I ever relate to this one! This is good advise for single folks. It's a battleground out there....

You know, this reminds me of somebody I knew once who played the heck outta me. I mean I was so naïve I couldn't see through the BS lines he was feeding me. And what you say here is true.....I too was blinded, literally, by my feelings and got caught up in the excitement of it. What a loser, and self-centered as all get out. Heck, I'm ranting again. Residual effect from my rant hub! Thanks for the read.

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 23, 2010:

habee: Thank you for your comment! It certainly is a difficult lesson to learn though, isn't it?

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 23, 2010:

Great hub! Been there, done that, but I sure learned a good lesson!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 22, 2010:

Art 4 Life: Thanks for the encouraging comment. You are right. It is a normal human trait to want attention. Sad that so many get caught up in the emotion/excitement and forget about the consequences. Thank you for commenting.

Art 4 Life from in the middle of nowhere.... on April 22, 2010:

Great hub, I have been played before too, I think it's a normal human trait to want someone to pay attention to you, to gratify you, emotionally and sexually...especially if you are in an emotionally or sexually drained relationship..You give wonderful advice...very well written and informative~ I rate you up!

RecoverToday (author) from United States on April 21, 2010:

GlassSpider: Thanks for the read. Glad you found the information helpful.

DjBryle: Glad this writing style kept your attention. Let's just hope others who have read it can be helped in some way.

strickly dating: Coming from you this is a great compliment!

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on April 21, 2010:

Great advice!

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on April 20, 2010:

This is a very helpful hub, written in a manner that keeps your reader interested all the time. Thanks for sharing. =)

TheGlassSpider from On The Web on April 20, 2010:

There's some excellent advice for examining one's situation here, and you've laid it all out very nicely. I love the poll, and especially how everyone's on one side or the other...there are none in the middle. Haha...you've either been played or NOT, darn it. Thank you for popping over to my hubs and becoming a fan! I'm looking forward to reading your hubs.