How to Respond Maturely When Someone Breaks Up With You
Your (now ex) boyfriend just told you that it's over. Your relationship is ending. You're reeling. You feel hurt, angry, and confused. Maybe you saw it coming or maybe it's out of the blue. No matter what your situation is, it's definitely true that it sucks.
Soon you'll be alone and have some time to think things through, but right now, all you need to know is how to get through the next ten minutes.
How to Act When Someone Breaks Up With You
Tell yourself you'll be OK.
No matter what you feel like right now (and no matter what you actually believe), tell yourself that you're OK, that you're going to live through this, and that this isn't the end of the world. You can do it like a mantra in your head: "I'm OK, I'm OK, I'm OK, I'm OK." It's OK to lie to yourself right now.
Make sure you keep breathing. Focus on the air coming in and out of your nose. You could even count your breaths—keep them deep and even. This will help you stay calm.
Respect their decision.
Don't beg or plead for them to take you back or to change their mind. The more you beg, the worse you look, and the less likely you'll be able to salvage any kind of friendship.
Don't say too much.
In the heat of the moment, you're likely to say something that you will later regret. Keep your words to a minimum.
Don't try to force them to stay with you.
First of all, it won't work. Second of all, you can't make someone do something they don't want to do. Trying to get them to stay in the relationship, or even just to stay with you physically in the same room will only make you look desperate and it will make them want to leave even more.
Keep physical boundaries.
Don't try to get sexy with them (bad idea!) and don't let them get sexy with you. Kissing isn't going to make them change their mind, even if it might distract you both from what's happening for a little bit.
Don't interrupt them.
Let them say everything they want to say. After they're finished talking, ask them if there's anything else they'd like to mention. This shows that you are mature enough to let them have the floor.
If you want to, respond carefully.
If you need to, take a few moments to gather your thoughts to respond to what they've said. Remember that you cannot change their mind about the breakup, so in your response, simply try to give your point of view without blaming or insulting them. Keep it as positive and as short as possible. Another option is to say that you'd like to give your point of view but that you're feeling too overwhelmed to do it right now. Ask them if they'd be okay with having a conversation in a couple of days.
Keep your cool.Don't get angry or defensive. If you feel like you're getting too emotional to where you can't think straight or you just want to scream at them, ask if you can continue the conversation later. Think about being the kind of person that they'll regret leaving — some crying is normal, but if you're yelling or screaming at them, or insulting them, it's unlikely that will make you look very good.
Be grateful (if possible.)
Right now, you're probably really hurt and angry so it may be hard to try to dig out a silver lining. If you can, though, try to thank them for the good times that you had together.
Hug them and say farewell. Then, once they leave and you get home, you can collapse on your bed and start bawling.
Eventually, find forgiveness for them in your heart. It's hard and it may even seem impossible right now, but holding a grudge against them will only hurt you in the end and keep you from having positive dating experiences.
14 Things to Say When Someone Breaks Up With You
- This makes me really sad, but I respect your decision.
- I'm grateful for everything that we had together and I wish you all the best.
- I know we had problems and I thought we were working on them. I still think we could have a good future together, but I understand you don't see things the same way.
- I'd be lying if I said I was totally okay with this. I think you're awesome. I want you to have a happy life. I hope I can still be a part of it somehow, even if we aren't together.
- The truth is that I am sad now, but I'm going to be okay. I'm going to miss you.
- I'm just trying to keep it together right now. I didn't see this coming and—if I'm being honest—it really hurts. But I can't make you do anything you don't want to do. I really care about you and if being with me doesn't make you happy, then I agree that we shouldn't be together.
- We experienced so much together, and I'm grateful for what we had. I still care about you a lot and it will make me sad to see you go.
- You're going to have to give me some time to think about this. Do you think we could talk in a couple of days?
- This hurts so much. I'm not telling you that to make you feel bad. I'm just trying to be honest. I wish this weren't happening, but I accept that you have a different vision of the future.
- I wish I were a part of your future, but I can't make you change your mind. I think it will be best if we don't talk to each other for a while, so before that happens, I just want to tell you one last time that I do love you and I want only the best things for your life.
- I don't completely understand why, but I understand that you don't want to be together anymore, and that makes me really sad. I know I'm going to be okay but it hurts a lot right now.
- I still care about you and I'm going to miss you.
- I don't hate you, but right now I do feel hurt and angry. I hope you understand that I need some time alone. I hope that we can still be friends later on, but right now I don't know.
- I didn't think that this would be happening. I wanted to stay together. But you don't feel the same way. I wish you all the best. Goodbye.
Breakups Suck, but You're Going to Be OK
Breakups hurt. Sometimes it's very difficult to know why your ex decided to end things. You may feel embarrassed, like you've lost your dignity. Or you might feel messed up, like your world is turned upside down. You might even be so confused that you feel useless. Now that your romantic relationship is over, what else is there?
People react differently during breakups. Generally the ones who get hit the hardest are those who are on the receiving end—especially when they didn't see it coming (and especially if it was a long-term relationship). That's not to say that people aren’t affected when they're the one that ends the relationship either. Especially if the relationship was very serious, usually the ones who break it off feel pretty bad about it too.
They definitely suck. But no matter what—you have a choice in how you respond to a breakup. Remember that you want to keep as much of your dignity as possible so you can hold your head high the next time you see your ex. You might be crumbling inside, but they don't have to know that.
It doesn't matter if you've gone through lots of breakups or if this is your first one—it's a good idea to be careful in your response. You'll only embarrass yourself if you act dramatically.
Also, if you have a meltdown during the breakup—no matter which side you are on—it'll take longer to heal, and there is almost no chance your ex will consider getting back together with you (if that is something that you want to do).
Here's some more detail on how you can best respond if someone is breaking up with you.
1. Pretend Like You're OK
Psychological studies have shown that acting like you're OK—doing things like smiling or staying calm—can actually help you feel better. Even though in the moment you may feel like you want to disappear, do your best to put on a brave face. At the very least, it will help you keep your dignity in front of the person who's dumping you.
2. Stay Calm. Breathe.
When we are in anxiety-producing situations, our body has the tendency to tense up. This may cause you to hold your breath, which makes you feel even more tense and emotional, and so on. Even though it may seem like you're going to lose control if you breathe, let it happen.
Focus on the feeling of breath coming in and out of your nose (a useful mindfulness technique), and taking deep breaths and counting them. This will help keep your feelings from spiraling out of control.
3. Respect Your Ex’s Decision
Accept and respect your ex's decision. Respecting the decision means you’ve heard what they've had to say and are not in denial about what is happening.
It is true that it hurts. You might cry and you will, in fact, feel hurt. What matters, however, is how you react. At first, you just need to listen and make sure your ex knows they have been heard.
4. Don't Talk Too Much
If you talk a lot, you might say things that you will regret later. Say only what you have to say, not everything that you want to say. You don't need to tell them everything that's on your mind or give them a piece of it.
You don't need to tell them how much you're hurting or if they're breaking your heart— they are no longer the person you tell everything. Don’t let them know how hurt you are. Let them see with their own eyes how strong you are by not allowing yourself to act irrationally or blab on about how much you're going to miss them.
5. Don’t Try to Force Them to Stay
Remember that you can't force things. Don’t try to force someone to stay in the relationship when they don't want to. You should respect the decision that has already been made, regardless of whether or not you think it's justified.
You can't force someone to love you when they no longer do. If they do agree to start dating again, do you think they'll love you the same? Or do you think you will always be in doubt, thinking they are just in the relationship because you begged them to be.
6. Don't Try to Get Physical With Them (Kissing Won't Change Their Mind)
Getting physical with your ex might seem like a good idea in the moment, especially because you'll probably be feeling pretty emotional and those feelings might demand an outlet. But . . . don't do it! It's unlikely that being physical with your ex will seem like a good idea in hindsight.
7. Don't Interrupt or Argue With Them
Let your ex say everything they need to say. Listen to them and try not to interrupt, even if you're feeling angry or if you feel like what they're saying is wrong. Listening patiently will leave a good last impression (which is what you want to leave them with). You'll also be able to be proud of yourself for keeping it together and letting them have their say.
8. Give Your Point of View Thoughtfully, Without Blaming or Insulting Them
If you launch into an attack on them after they've finished talking, you'll just come off looking bad. If you choose to respond to what they say to you (which is something that you don't necessarily need to do), do so thoughtfully.
Be honest and talk about how you feel and what you think—avoid statements that blame your ex or insult them. Try talking about your relationship from a 3rd-person's point of view. This may help you put things into perspective, both for yourself and for them.
9. Don’t Plead
Even if you feel like their decision to end things was unjustified, you shouldn't beg for another chance as if your life depends it. The best you can do is tell them why you disagree as reasonably as possible.
In the end, if they don't change their mind, you need to accept that the relationship is over. Don’t plead. It makes you seem needy and desperate.
You will not die if they leave you. Your world will not come to an end even if you love them very very much.
People break up and move on with their lives every day—even people who have much more at stake. It may not seem like it now, but you're going to be fine. Besides, there are plenty of guys out there for you to meet.
10. Be Grateful
Yes you heard correctly. Thank your ex for the time that you've had—even if the relationship is over for good and there is no hope of getting back together. Thank them for the good things that they offered and for the things that you learned with them.
This may feel impossible to do right away, and that's understandable. At some point, though, it will be best for you to figure out the things that you liked about your relationship. Remember that there was a reason you two were together in the first place. It didn't just happen randomly. Find and appreciate the good times.
Also, telling them that you're grateful for what you had makes you look really good. It shows that you have more in life to live for than the relationship, and that you're going to carry the good things forward with you as you move on.
11. Forgive Them
This might seem impossible at first and it might not happen right away. At some point, though, you'll need to forgive them. Holding onto a grudge — no matter how much you were wronged — only does you harm in the end.
Perhaps you've heard the comparison of how holding a grudge is like a person holding onto a hot coal in order to throw it at someone else. In the end, only the person holding onto the coal gets burned. Even though it may take time, you need to let your anger go. It will only harm you and will do nothing to them.
Why You Should Try to Keep Your Cool
When you respond positively to a breakup—as much as it hurts—it shows several things:
- You show that you're not in denial about what's happening. It will show your ex that you are also capable of moving on and that you don't need them to survive.
- Reacting well shows that you are able to handle yourself even if you are hurting. This shows maturity. Though there's nothing wrong with feeling sad (and in fact, you should take time to feel through the emotions of a breakup), behaving with dignity with your ex will help you feel stronger, and may even help you get over the breakup faster. It also makes you look good in front of them. The last thing you want is to come off looking pathetic.
- Even though you feel hurt, the breakup will end on a good note and you'll earn your ex's respect.
- You might surprise your ex. They'll wonder why you didn't react negatively, which is something many people expect. When you don't beg and plead for them back, you'll show them that you still have a life to live without them and that you're going to be fine.
- You will not regret your actions or feel ashamed because of what you did and you'll feel good about yourself.
Things to Remember During a Breakup
- Give yourself some time to think things through and time to sort out your thoughts regarding what happened. Maybe it was for your own good.
- Not all relationships are meant to survive forever. There are many people out there that will be a good fit for you.
- Things don't always go to plan. Hurt is inevitable. Sometimes there is nothing more that you could have done. Maybe you did everything you could have. Either way — the relationship is over now. Try not to spend too much time rehashing the past.
- If you live in denial or stay angry, you'll only make it harder for yourself to recover. You'll be letting your ex live on in your life when neither of you deserve that. Let them go.
- You probably know this already, but it doesn't hurt to repeat: do not contact your ex for at least two weeks. This gives you and your ex-boyfriend both some time to think and recover.
How to Respond If They Broke Up With You Over Text
Re-read the text message.
Let's be honest—you're probably going to do that a bunch anyways. It's OK to read (and re-read, and re-read, and re-read). But whatever you do, don't respond just yet.
Don't respond to the text yet and stay off social media!!! Do not vent there. The chance you'll say something that you regret later is pretty high. Instead . . .
Write down all of your feelings and what you'd want to say to your ex if you could tell them anything in a journal or a paper letter and do not send it to them. This is just for you to vent. Honestly it will help.
Wait to respond.
Wait 24 hours until you're feeling a little more level-headed. If you're still so mad you just want to text them "I HOPE YOU DIE," wait a little longer.
Contact friend or family member ASAP and tell them what happened. Texting or calling is good, but it's even better if you hang out with them in person.
When you're ready, and you choose to respond (which you do not have to), you can text them back. Here are some options for what you could say:
"This makes me sad to hear. I wish we could have had this conversation in person. I am grateful for the times that we've shared and I wish you all the best."
"I don't agree with the way you've decided to end things but I'm not going to try to change your mind. Goodbye."
"This was really shocking for me to see. I know that breaking up is hard but I wish we could have done this in person. I think we could have had a good future, but I respect that you don't see things the same way. I wish you all the best."
"Really sad about this—hope you have a good life."
Even if you're faking it, it is important that you are polite to them because it shows them that, unlike them, you are not a loser. You are a mature adult who can have hard conversations.
Then, start the slow process of forgiving them and moving on with your life. You have so much to give. You're an awesome girl and your ex doesn't deserve any more of your time.
How to Move On After a Breakup
Feel the feelings.
Let yourself be sad, angry, hurt, shocked, heartbroken. Don't try to suppress the emotions. They need to be felt and appreciated. They are real, and what you had was real. Listen to sad breakup songs, watch sad breakup movies (avoid romances!!), and watch raindrops on window panes.
Write it out.
Journaling is a great tool for you to better understand how you feel. Make a commitment to journal every day even if you don't feel like it and even if you just end up writing their name over and over again. Another helpful tool is writing letters to them (that you don't end up sending). It's a way to trick your mind into getting closure.
Remember the good times.
Even though you might be hurting right now—and even if it's better that you're broken up—don't forget that there were good things about your relationship. Don't let yourself become bitter. It will only hurt you in the end.
Let them go.
Ceremonies can be powerful tools to help recover from heartbreak. You could do something like write their name on a piece of paper and then say all of the things that you loved about them, and all the things that you hated about them. Then, you could (carefully!) burn the paper, symbolizing releasing them from your life. Or you could make up your own ceremony.
Give yourself space.
Hide their pictures and mementos (or give them to a friend for safekeeping—sometimes they're nice to have later on and you'll regret destroying them). Unfriend, unfollow, and block them from social media. Do it. You do not need to know what's happening in their lives. Do not call them, text them, email them, "bump" into them, or otherwise try to contact them for as long as you need to (many people say 30 days). You don't have to just ghost either—you could tell them that you need some space from them for a while and that you'll reach out when you're ready (if you want to).
Instead, reach out to friends and family.
Hang out with your pals and with the people that love you. They want to support you and help you through this, especially right at the beginning. Let yourself lean on their shoulders.
Take care of yourself.
You've probably heard this a million times, but that's because it's true. Get enough sleep (8 hours every night!), eat good food (avoid chips, ice cream, candy—anything high carb or high fat), don't try to use alcohol or drugs to make yourself feel better (being sad and hungover is horrible), exercise (there are so many great workout videos on YouTube—try something gentle like yoga), and go outside! (walking is great). Even if you want to curl up and die, your body still needs you to take care of it. You might not feel like it, but just go through the motions at first and trust that eventually you will feel better. You could also try meditating—start with just one minute and try to work your way up to 10 minutes, adding one minute every day. This will help you learn how to sit with your emotions and tune into what your body is feeling.
Make new memories.
Invite your friends to do something new together. Go on a trip. Read a new book. Go to a concert. Try a new hobby or get back into an old one. Making new memories will help you get started on a new life without your ex. Also, try volunteering or doing something nice for a friend or family member—a great way to forget about how miserable you are is by helping others.
Forgive your ex.
In time, find a place in your heart to forgive your ex. Remember that, like you, they are just human and just trying to do the best they can. Whether or not you think they were in the right for breaking up with you, what has happened has happened, and the only thing you can do is appreciate what you had together and move forward into the future.
Maybe you're mad at yourself for not seeing the breakup coming, for not trying hard enough, for hurting them, or for making the same relationship mistakes that you've made before. No matter what—you need to forgive yourself too. Take what you can from this past relationship and learn from it. Know that you are also imperfect and just trying to do your best. You should know that you deserve wonderful relationships full of love, and that you are capable of achieving them.
You Will Get Through This
As hard as breakups are and as much as they suck, you are going to make it through.
Good luck and stay strong.
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Questions & Answers
I was in an 8-year-long relationship but my boyfriend says he needs freedom and wants to talk with other girls. So what should I do?
Time to pack and go i.e leave the relationship. It shows he doesn't respect you as his girlfriend. The fact he says he wants freedom indicates you are obstructing him from talking to other girls. He wants to flirt with girls however he wants while still in a relationship with you.
Once a person commits in a relationship, there are some things he needs to stop doing. He is no longer single with no strings attached. But, the fact is that he considers you as a jail whereby he can't breathe or move.
If your boyfriend lacks respect for who you are in his life, then why bother to continue in the relationship with him? Let him know you no longer want anything to do with him - the relationship is over. You should settle with a man who respects you and understands that some things or behaviors need to be done away once committed in a relationship.
He might have been a nice guy and you've been in the relationship for long; but remember people change and they develop a different perspective pertaining to relationship.
I hope you will find your feet and move on. Don't cling to the fact he is still the nice guy you knew.Helpful 74
My boyfriend broke up with me because I sent him a message saying he hurt me when he didn't call me on my birthday. He sent me a text wishing me a happy birthday and told me we would talk later but he didn't call. He broke up with me via text message because I sent him a text telling him how I felt. Was I wrong to do this?
It is well-known that women feel hurt when their significant ones or husbands don't wish them a happy birthday. Were you wrong in letting him know how you felt when he didn't wish you a happy birthday? You weren't wrong. He should have apologized and wished you a happy birthday. However, out of anger after letting him know how you felt, he dumped you through a text. That is not a mature manner of solving such an issue in a relationship.
In relationships, a partner may hurt his/her partner directly or indirectly. Thus, it is proper to let your partner know he hurt you by not doing something which means a lot to you.Helpful 64
I have been in a 20-year relationship. My boyfriend broke up with me through text that contained insulting or abusive words. How should I react and reply?
From your description, it appears your boyfriend has ended the relationship because you have prioritized your family above him. However, he has gone to such an extreme in insulting you in such a manner considering you've been in the relationship for 20 years.
Don't respond in anger nor use abusive words as a retaliation or to give him a piece of your mind. Let him know you've pondered on his text the reason you've taken time in responding. Let him know even though you're in a relationship, you can't ignore your family as they are part of your life as he is.
I know you're hurting considering how long you've been together. However, for him to throw such insulting words at you shows he lacks respect for you. If you would like to get back with him or not, let him know you'll accept his proposal that you won't call or text him. It will be hard to restrain yourself from contacting him but in time you'll get used to it.
Don't write a long text. Be brief. Tell him even though he has insulted you, you won't retaliate in anger or insult him. If he doesn't want to be with you it's alright. In time you'll find your foot though your enjoyed your time together. Wish him all the best and thank him for the things you shared together.Helpful 38
She just broke up with me. We have been through this process on and off - getting back together then breaking up. But this time it wasn't a mutual decision. I feel as if it came from nowhere but she still wants us to be friends like we were before, only this time I don't think I can do that anymore. What do I say to her?
You have realized that if you allow yourselves to be platonic friends you'll end up in the same game, an on and off relationship game. Let her know it won't be a good idea to be platonic friends. If it happens so you'll be wasting each other time as the two of you would end up together then break up. Thus, you should stop communicating with each other. You should cease communication because it's evident you were never meant to be together. While friendship is a good thing - returning to the state of friendship before you began dating - it is different now. It will bring back the memories and it will be hard to move on. In the months to come, the feelings for each other will have died thus you'll become casual friends since that is what you are meant to be. But, if you become platonic friends you'll be hurting each other and wasting each other's time.Helpful 36
What if my boyfriend broke up with me and calls me a slut or mean names and is a jerk to me?
You just leave him alone. You stop any communication with him. That is not a guy to be in relationship with if he can't act maturely considering he ended the relationship. His lack of controlling his tongue clearly paints a picture of how the relationship was like. Move on.
I was in a four-year relationship. He broke up with me because he does not want to be in the relationship anymore. The situation is really difficult for me because we have been living together and still are until he finds a place to stay. I’m really devastated and didn’t see it coming this way. I feel like everything around me doesn’t make sense without him in my life. How can I make it through this breakup?
You can heal and recover from the breakup. You can get through the breakup.
The first step is to admit your ex isn't everything. You can live your life without your ex. In time, the feelings you have for your ex will start dwindling. In less than three months, you will have moved on with your life.
The situation you're living now isn't conducive to ensure you heal and recover from the breakup. You can't be living together when you're no longer in the relationship. This is because the more you see him the more you're hurt when you realize you're no longer together. In such a situation, you'll become depressed.
You have to talk to him about what to do about the situation of the two of you still staying together. You have to let him know that the two of you staying together is affecting you negatively. He can stay with a friend until he gets a place of his own.
I have written an article which guides a person how to heal and recover from a breakup. It's called 'Steps to Heal and Recover from a Breakup.'
After he moves out, don't contact him nor receive his call/reply to his texts. Don't accept to become close friends. You should act as casual friends. You should not keep some of his things in your room. Unfriend him from social media accounts and delete/tear or store his pictures far away. This is to enable you to heal and recover from the breakup.
Every time you think about him, snap out of the thought. Tell yourself that you're no longer in the relationship with him whenever you think of him.
Search for this article 'Steps to Heal and Recover from a Breakup.' It will instruct you how to get through the breakup.
I pray you will get through the breakup. Remember, your ex has to find a place very soon or stay with a friend of his. His continuing staying in your room will only aggravate the situation.
My ex broke up with me because he missed and realized he cared more about his best friend than he did to me. He wanted to be friends but I told him I didn't want to be in contact with him anymore because I knew he cared more about her. He said what I told him cut him deep & now he is upset because I made it seem like he wasn't honest about everything. What should I do given my ex's feelings?
You did the right thing to let him know how you felt and what you observed. He might have been honest but as his girlfriend, he shouldn't have treated you less than the other one.
You don't need to apologize. But, you can tell him that you are sorry if what you said has upset or hurt him. Nonetheless, let him know you have also been hurt by the fact he cared more about the other person though you didn't necessarily mean he was dishonest.
In any case, sing it is something you observed and his ending the relationship is a signal of the fact. You don't need to be discouraged. Just maintain no contact and try moving on.
Breaking up wasn't a wise thing. He should have approached your concern in a mature manner than ending the relationship.
I know you love him but him ending the relationship, throws things into array. Exercise no contact and at the end of it, you will have a good idea what to do next - move on or try to reunite.
I was in a ten-month relationship, but he broke up the relationship yesterday and it hurts really bad. He did it over text but he did not text me; he texted my mom to tell me. We have been through a lot together and I feel really hurt and I want to cry so much. He is in all of my classes and in my lunch and I don't know what to do. Can you help me?
I'm sorry to hear this. When you are alone or in your room, cry as much as possible. Don't restrain from crying. It's nature's way of accepting something hurtful has happened. It's also nature's way of allowing the healing process to begin.
Being always in the presence of your ex will prolong your healing and recovering from the breakup. However, there are things you can do to ensure you've healed and recovered from the relationship.
The first thing is to send your ex a test. Let him know you've accepted his decision. You won't force him to reconsider his decision. Thank him for the time you had in the relationship and wish him all the best. Through this method, you'll program your mind and heart to accept the situation and find ways of recovering from the breakup.
Spend time with your friends during lunch. You'll see him. But, tell your heart he is no longer your partner. He is just a friend like your other friends.
Only greet each other when possible. Nothing more. During discussions or group assignments, only talk about what you've been assigned. Don't throw occasional glances at him. Concentrate on the work you've been given.
It will be difficult to do these things because it's easier said than done. However, it is possible.
The most important thing is to reassure yourself that you will come out of the breakup in one piece. You won't accept to be affected by the relationship in negative ways. You'll do all you can to ensure you've healed and recovered from the breakup.
Don't be angry at him or hate him. You've been angry at him and hated him. Now, it's time to get rid of the negative emotions. Tell yourself entertaining the negative emotions won't help you in any way.
Ask your classmates to watch over you. To remind you that you have a beautiful future in front of you. That you need to concentrate on your studies and forget about your ex. Friends can help you to heal and recover from the breakup.
If you believe in God, pray to Him to help you to heal and recover from the breakup.
Stop listening to any love songs. Throw or tear away his photos or delete them. They are no longer beneficial to you. Unfriend or block your ex from your social media sites.
Don't pretend you're okay. There are times you will break down. Nonetheless, be determined you will get over the breakup.
Is it wise to send a goodbye note after he ends a 5-month old relationship?
Yes, it is wise. This is for your own benefit as it will aid you in moving on. It is a positive mentality, it shows you have accepted his ending the relationship and that you will not get stuck; you will move on with your life. Lastly, you want to thank him for the 5 months you have been together.Helpful 7
What if you have a 1st girlfriend, you break up with her then you find another one. You break up with her too. Afterwards, you realise that you love her. You ask her to reconcile but she asks you why it should be right now after you dumped your ex in less than a month. What should I reply?
It will be quite hard to come up with an explanation (in your case, an excuse) why you want to reunite with her when a month is barely over from when you dumped your ex.
You can tell her the path between you and your ex wasn't heading in the same direction and you weren't quite compatible with each other. You found out that her aspirations concerning the marriage were different from yours.
My boyfriend said we should take a break because he wants to find himself again. I was fine with that until I arrived at home. He had sent a text that says, "I don't love you, I lied. That was not a break but a break-up." The next morning he sent a voice note saying he's sorry for everything he said the previous day; he would like to meet with me and fix things. What should I do?
Your ex sent you three conflicting messages: he would like a break, it was a breakup not a break, and he's sorry for what he said. He wants to meet you to explain why he reacted in such a manner and would like to get back with you.
His second message hurt you. It broke your heart and to make matters, you got confused when he said he would like to meet with you to fix whatever led to the breakup.
For now, it would be better if you ask him to give you three days to calm your mind and heart. During this period, you should reflect about the relationship, your ex and you in it. Would you like to get back with him? If yes, why? If no, why?
After the three days, contact him and arrange when to meet.
Remember, the three days is not only to reflect about the relationship but also to still your mind. You don't want to react negatively when you meet him or after giving his reasons for his reactions e.g. shouting. You want to have a clear perspective of the relationship (and whether you'd like to continue in it) and also be able to state your side without being too emotional.
What should I do if he comes back?
It depends on the reason for the breakup, how you broke up and his future goals. The best you can do is to move on with your life. If you have tried to get back with him but he doesn't want, it is time to move on by forgetting the failed relationship.
Or, you can wait for two or more weeks without contacting him then after that period you contact him. If he doesn't want to get back with you, you shouldn't force. You should move on.
I was in a nine-month relationship, but we broke up. It is hard for me to move on with all of the memories of the relationship. What should I do?
You should cease any communication with your ex if you're trying to make any contact with him. By not communicating with your ex, you'll allow the healing process to begin. As you continue to exercise No Contact Rule the images of your ex and the relationship will no longer bother you - they will fade away. You should engage in activities that will distract you from thinking about your ex but don't become too busy. I have written several articles on what a partner should do after a breakup so as to be able to move on. A breakup can incapacitate somebody making it hard for that person to move on or confused on what to do.Helpful 110
I was in a 6-year relationship and my boyfriend broke it off because according to him he has not progressed from where he has been. He doesn't have a job. I feel really hurt. I don't know how to move on and I was just inducted as a pharmacist. How can I move on?
It is obvious he doesn't want to continue in the relationship (or even reunite). It appears he has even included the relationship as the reason for lack of progress in his life the reason he broke up with you.
You will have to move on. It hurts but with determination you can heal and recover from the breakup. This means no contacting your ex in whatsoever means. It will be a good idea to den your ex a text after two weeks of no contact to thank him for the time you had together and to wish him all the best. This gesture is paramount as it will aid in the healing process.
Block or unfriend him from your social media accounts and whenever you tend to think about him, snap out from those thoughts by telling yourself he is no longer in your world this you've to stop thinking about him.
I have written an article on how to heal and recover from the relationship. You can search this title on any search engine: Steps to Heal and Recover from a Breakup.
Remember, your determination to heal and recover from the breakup is the main factor that will determine your moving on from the breakup.
I was in an 8-day relationship (I know it's not long at all) but he is literally telling his friends to gang up on me and this other guy (we are just friends) and he dumped me via instagram messages. What should I do?
That's a very short time for a partner to end a relationship. It just shows even if the two of you reunited, the reunion would be pointless. It would end in another breakup.
Stop following him on Instagram, and block him from you social media accounts. Cease any communication with him and have nothing to do with him anymore.
Your ex is manifesting lack of maturity in a relationship. The extent of his asking his friends to gang up on you and your friend clearly indicates his personality. Also, it shows how he can't contain his jealousy and his controlling or domineering personality. You're better off without him.
My ex is still chatting me up. Sincerely, I have to let her go. How do I react to my ex's charms?
Since you don't want to get back with her, you'll have to let her know that the communication between the two of you has to come to an end.
When you reply to her texts, she gains the courage to send more. You'll have to stop replying to her texts.
Let her know (politely) that you don't intend to get back with her. It's evident she hasn't recovered from the breakup. Thus, you have to talk to her politely but firmly.
Let her know you won't reply to any of her texts. You won't communicate to her anymore and that she needs to forget about the relationship - it won't work out.
Our first relationship kicked off yesterday, but he has broken up with me through a text. What should I do? Should I love him again or forget him?
This is quite sad. You love him and you were excited when your relationship with him kicked off yesterday. But, today he broke up with you. There might be a reason why he has dumped you, but I consider it barbaric or harsh to dump you at a very short period. He has wasted your time and love you had for him. You would have better directed it somewhere.
You do still love him. You would want to continue in the relationship, but, he no longer deserves your love. Forget him because he has treated you like trash. You have your dignity, maintain it. Do not plead with him nor have any hope of getting together. It is clear he considers you of no value to him. Move on, and you will find a man who loves you not one who after a day he considers you of no value to him.
You will get along well.
I was seeing a guy for a month. He kept telling me how much he really liked me. I got the silent treatment for a couple of days when I didn't reply to a text. I asked him if he didn't want to see me any longer to just tell me. He said "Ok, that's fine. I think it's best." I asked him why and he replied 'Trust, distance..."I don't trust anyone, it's not your fault." I responded how I felt and that I hoped he would reconsider and give us another chance. Is there any way to repair this?
That is a case of anger. He is angry because you didn't reply to his text. You did the right thing to ask him if he didn't want to see you anymore.
Another reason for his reaction is that you don't see each other often. He feels your lack of replying might be because you were seeing another person. You told him how you felt.
You should not force things. Send him a text. Let him know how much you love him, he is the only person in your life, how you feel resulting from his response to your text, and if you can meet or arrange when to talk so you can straighten things.
If he doesn't respond, don't bother him. Wait a few days and send him another text or call him. If he doesn't respond to your third attempt wait another few days. If he still doesn't respond in the period of silence, send him a text how you feel, you won't bother him anymore and you wish him all the best. It is time to move on with your life.
I dated a guy, and later on, he cheated on me. I got hurt but I didn't say anything. My reaction was so severe or negative at that time because I was very angry. He said it was over. I was stressed for five months while he was busy in a relationship with his new love. Now he wants us to meet. He even comes to my home. What should I do because all I feel is pain when I see him?
First thing, he was rude to you by dumping you when you found out he was unfaithful in the relationship. Now that the relationship with his new love did not go well, he has come back and visits you to show you are still the one he loves.
Yes, you love him, but you need to take it slow. You need time to heal and to ponder or think things through. Would you want to continue in the relationship with a man who dumped you for another woman? Are you strong enough to continue in the relationship?
You need to stop seeing each other. You should stop communicating with him unless it's an emergency. You need to stop him from visiting you at your home or tell him to cease visiting you. This means you need to exercise no contact rule. When there is no communication between the two of you, it will allow the healing process to begin. You cannot get back in the previous relationship while still in pain. It will lead to more heartbreaks. You need time to heal and to be strong to stand on your two feet. Also, you need to know whether it is sensible to get back with him or forget about him and move on with your life.
Thus let him know you do not want to communicate with him for some time and the two of you should stop seeing each other for some time. If he asks why, tell him to think things through, to ponder and to heal from the wound he inflicted in your heart and to find the strength to move on. At the end of the no-contact period, a month is preferable, you would know which direction to head to, and the pain will have lessened.
We broke up and it's my fault. I begged him to stay, to give me one last chance. He said there's no more chance that even if we will be together we won't be happy like before. He's always doubting me and we will fight. I explained everything and he said he will think about it. He hasn't replied until now. What shall I do?
One thing that he said that is the truth is that even if the two of you get together, you won't be happy like before. His feelings for you won't be strong as before meaning his love for you will have lessened. This signifies the relationship won't survive. Another break up will occur. This, it's better to stop begging him and move on with your life.
Another thing to consider is the fact he always doubts you. This isn't a good indication in a relationship. If your partner can't trust you then the relationship is useless.
The fact he hasn't responded means he doesn't want to be with you.
I suggest you should not contact him for a month. After the duration you can contact him if you still want him back. If he doesn't respond or doesn't respond positively wait a few days then contact him. If he still doesn't respond positively then move on.
Remember if he still doubts you when you reunite the relationship won't be stable.
My boyfriend broke up with me after 1-year of relationship because my attitude was s**t. We were in a serious relationship and were very close. After the breakup, I've begged him like hell - calling, texting & emailing him. He blocked me everywhere. Do you think he will come back? What should I do?
In your situation, it might be difficult for your boyfriend to come back. Your reaction or attitude put him off.
You can try this technique. It's not evil but a healthy attempt to restore the relationship. Since he has closed all forms of communication, you should not contact him in other ways like using your friend's phone. This is known as no contact rule. During this time work on your attitude. At the end of two weeks, you can write a letter or use a friend's phone. Let him know you're sorry, ask for forgiveness for the kind of reaction you'd display, you've analyzed yourself and have corrected or changed your attitude and still are, and you pray for another chance because you love him and so on. He needs to know you've changed. Don't send another text or letter. Wait. If he doesn't respond wait for two or three days then send him another text. If he hasn't responded call him. If he doesn't answer, it's time to move on. Maybe he will contact you in the future. Even if he doesn't, the most important thing is to work on your attitude because you wouldn't want another relationship to end like this because of how you respond or react.Helpful 20
My on/off boyfriend of 10 years broke up with me. Two days after that he started dating a girl at work that I was concerned about anyway, and a week after that I caught them at the flat we shared together. I have struggled to cope with losing him. I have done the No Contact Rule for two weeks now and it hurts me that he just seems to be perfectly okay and has no interest in talking to me. I'm trying to be strong and confident but is it all a wasted effort because that's how I feel?
You shouldn't mind your boyfriend anymore. There is no need of doing No Contact Rule to get your ex back. After breaking up with you, he starts dating a girl at work. Worse still, it happens two days after the breakup. What does this signify?
He hasn't any feelings for you. He doesn't want to be with you. You have to forget him and move on with your life. It is all a wasted effort doing the no contact for the sole purpose of getting him back. He looks satisfied where he is.
Maintain the two qualities of being strong and confident. Realize he is no longer yours. You'll get another one who treasures you. Not like your ex who dumps you and straight away gets into another relationship.
I know you love him so much but You've to stop thinking about him. You've to concentrate on your life. It will hurt seeing the two but you can get over the pain.
Employ the No Contact Rule to enable to heal and recover from the breakup.
I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup: Steps to Heal and Recover from a Breakup. That's what you should be aiming for.
I broke up with my boyfriend without any reason and now I am feeling nothing over this thing. Why? I loved him very much and we were in a 4 month relationship but we were best friends before getting into a relationship.
What most people don't realize is that best friends cannot get along well in a relationship. Best friends never equal to best partners/couple. Best friends know each other very well. It's difficult to lie to a best friend because he knows you more than any other person.
This is the reason you don't feel any hurt, depression, at loss and you don't even miss him. In the relationship you treated him more as a friend (sibling) than a partner (lover). While it might be he loves you, it depends with how you view him. You view him differently - as a friend than a lover.
My boyfriend broke up with me. I know I made terrible mistakes. I was too harsh on him. And yet I found out he's chatting with someone before our breakup. What should I do? Should I give him space or should I win him back? How will I know if there's still a chance that will be together again?
In relationships, we need to accommodate each others' mistakes because we are not perfect. Thus, we should forgive each other and give each other another chance. However, when a partner isn't willing or doesn't bother to correct his/her mistakes, it is usually wise to bring the relationship to an end because it will no longer be a thriving and healthy relationship.
The fact you found out he was chatting with someone in a manner that wasn't normal, then he was being unfaithful to you. In such a situation, when a partner realizes her boyfriend is cheating on her, she might not react positively. Thus, the reason you were harsh on him.
What you need to do now is to give him space. Not only him but also yourself. Why not send him a message that you are terribly sorry for how you reacted and you want this to come to an end. Let him know you love him and you will be waiting for him. Then, exercise no contact rule - do not communicate with him for a minimum of two weeks as it will give him the space he needs. After more than 2 weeks you can decide what next move to take as you will have reflected on the relationship. For instance, if he does not respond during the silent period you may call him. When you do so he may have cooled down which is a good indicator the relationship will be renewed.
If he responds during the silent period it is a good indicator he wants to continue with the relationship.Helpful 12
I have been in a two-and-half year relationshilp with my boyfriend. He was dating another girl claiming he wants to marry two ladies. I understood because I love him so much. I used to help him and last one I wanted to help him by paying for his school fees. This would enable him to get his results by going back to school. However, I disappointed him so he broke up with me. What should I do about my ex who wants me to help pay for his schooling?
I find it quite ridiculous your ex would end the relationship because you didn't fulfill your promise of paying for his school fees. In any case, you had volunteered to help him; not that it was mandatory. He should have been understanding why you didn't fulfill your promise.
It might be true he has feelings for you. He loves you. But, I question his reaction to you not fulfilling your promise.
I wouldn't suggest you reconcile with him. Was he after your money? Are you financially stable than him the really he engaged in the relationship?
Forget about him and move on with your life. You deserve much better.
My boyfriend texted me and told me that he wanted time to find himself and he still likes me. He said he hopes to continue what we had in the future but I feel like he’s just trying not to hurt me. Does he still like me or is he just trying to make me feel better?
He wants you to feel better. He doesn't want to hurt you. Like I stated before don't count on the future because you don't know how the future will be like. He might like you but does he love you?Helpful 12
He says he no longer loves me or feels any love for me anymore and has asked me not to hold onto the relationship. What should I do after my boyfriend told me he no longer loves me?
I apologize for taking long in responding. It is evident he no longer has any feelings for you. I am not sure what contributed to this but it is difficult to get him to love you in the same manner he used to love you before the feelings for you began fading away. The best you can do is to exercise No Contact Rule. You should cease no contact with him for a certain period. I have written a topic on that subject. The benefits of exercising no contact are to enable you to heal from the pain you're experiencing, to enable you to reflect on the relationship and to assist you in staying strong. At the end of the no-contact period, you'll have a clear picture whether it's worth trying to get him back or you should move on with your life without him. Although it's evident there is no use in trying to make the relationship work or to make you love the same way he used to, it is important to exercise no contact for your own well-being.Helpful 11
I am in a long distance relationship. I am a Filipina and he is Italian. We became friends for half a year before we met in person. He came here for 2 weeks and we had a great time together. After getting back to his place, we are still in contact for 5 months, but as time passes by it seems that he's breaking up with me because of the distance. How do I react?
I don't know if both of you are financially stable or in your case because it seems from the relationship, you're the one who has to go to Italy to stay with him permanently. If both of you are not financially stable, it might be hard for him to be patient enough to wait till the time you'll be together.
The best you can do is to tell him that both of you need to work out on how you can be together e.g find out how much it costs to travel to his country, the cost of gaining a visa and so on.
However, if it appears it will be difficult to be together very soon then you'll have to accept the relationship is over. This is because he has already given up the patience to wait for how long it takes for the two of you to be together. If it's the case, you'll have to let him know that you truly loved him but because the distance has made him break up with you there's nothing you can do but accept the fact though it hurts a lot.
I was in a relationship with my girlfriend for five years before she broke up with me through a text. What should I do?
If you haven't responded, take your time before responding. Ask her why she has ended the relationship. From there you can deduce whether to try to get her back or not.
She might reply or not. If she doesn't reply, don't bother. If you had responded, don't continue conversing with her if her response isn't positive. You need to employ no contact rule.
Exercise no contact rule, not communicating with her in whatsoever way, for four weeks. During this time you'll have let the healing process begin its course, had enough time to reflect on the relationship and know whether you would want her back in your life.
After the no-contact period if she doesn't respond then contact her. Start with a 'hello' text and build on it. Don't jump into the relationship issues right away. If she responds talk in general terms and not frequently. From her responses, you'll know whether there's a chance of getting together.
Or, after a month you can send her a text wishing her all the best and that she'll find a man after her heart. This is after you'd reflected on the relationship and arrived at the decision to move on with your life or her responses are not inviting.
My girlfriend promises me that she will never come back to me, but I want her back. What have I to do to get her back?
First, you have to know the reason why she doesn't want to get back with you. If the reason is justified, it will be hard to get her back. Sometimes, when people decide on something they never look back.
Stop any communication with her for a minimum period of two weeks., and then contact her afterward. If she responds during the no contact period or responds positively after ending the no contact, then you'll have her back in your arms.
You should take your time to reflect on the broken relationship, and change what might have led her run away from you. You shouldn't force her to come back with frequent calls and texts. You'll only aggravate the matter as you'll turn out as bothersome or irritating. Give her some space then contact her after a period of time.
Two weeks after he broke up with me, I sat down and thought about everything, and I then gave him a call and told him that I am grateful for all the wonderful times we had. He treated me right during the period we dated, it was just his leaving that I don't agree with. I respect it, yes. My question is, was I weak to give him a call and thank him? Did I do the right thing?
You did the right thing. You weren't weak in calling him since you didn't call to plead or beg him to come back but to thank him for everything. I understand for him to leave you is what you don't agree with. However, responding positively is for your benefit as shown in the article. It will aid you in getting focused on what to do or not.Helpful 9
I was in a relationship of 5 years having lived together for a year. She broke up with me 5 days ago after I caught her twice meeting up with her ex. In both instances, she apologized promising not to repeat again but despite wanting her back badly she broke up with me. My family never liked her and I know that I don't ever want her back but I still crave for her every day. How can I erase memories of her from my mind?
It is good you have decided not to chase after her. It would be futile for you would be hurting yourself in the long run. Her breaking up with you is for your own good even though it hurts.
Erasing her memory from your mind in an instant is not possible. However, if you want to heal and recover from the relationship you have to be determined and disciplined.
First, delete her numbers from your phone and block her on your social media accounts. This will prevent you from giving in to the urge to want to send her text or look at her posts or photos.
Secondly, tear apart and burn her photos. They are no longer of any use to you. They will always remind you of her. This includes any possession of hers that you have. You can decide to return them to her, store away or get rid of them.
Engage in activities that will keep you from thinking about her. You shouldn't be busy, but activities such as hobbies do help a lot.
Don't listen to sad songs and when you begin thinking about her, snap out of it. Always tell yourself she is no longer yours. Stop as soon as possible replaying the good times you shared or thinking about the relationship.
Don't hate or hold a grudge against her anymore. Don't hate her and forgive her.
I have written articles on how to heal and recover from a relationship and things you should never do after a breakup.
My boyfriend broke up with me right before my birthday through text. It really hurts me. He said that we are not suitable for each other. But I still can't accept it because I still love him. What should I do?
Don't talk to him anymore. Don't contact him in whatsoever manner. For now, you'll have to stop loving him.
He told you were not suitable for each other. He has not only wasted your time but has hurt you in the process. He should have known you're not suitable for each other before not during the relationship.
You need to accept even though you love him, you've to move on with your life. Maybe he will contact you or not. If he doesn't don't beat yourself. Don't plead. Just move on with your life.
My fiance broke up with me accusing me of being promiscuous. He went on to say he has found a 22-year old girl and said she has fresh p***. I'm 31 & he's 42. After that he despised me. He even called me an off layer. He said I have loose p***. I became furious and said filthy things. He said I crossed the line. He gave me faults, yet he started it. What can I do next?
I would advise to stop any contact and take care of yourself first. Your boyfriend was doing all he can to find a common ground which he can base his decision to get rid of you. Accusing you of things you don't do, despising you by comparing you to others is an indication he is tired being in a relationship with you. I can't say that man truly loved you. He doesn't deserve you because he doesn't appreciate and respect you. Please, stop any contact with him, try to never mind him and move on your with life. You deserve it because you deserve a man who cherishes you. He is not of any worth to you.
We broke up 3 weeks ago. He said he wanted space to work on himself. Yesterday, I texted him thanking him for the memories we had together. He also texted back thanking me for helping him become a better person. Is there a possibility of us coming back together?
It's good you handled the breakup well. There is a possibility of getting back together but don't depend on it wholly. Since he wants space to work on himself, the outcome might be positive for you or not. You might reunite or he might decide to find love somewhere else.
Move on with your life. Do your things. Concentrate on your life. Don't think about him and fight the temptation to contact him or go through his social profiles. If it ever happens, he might call. If not, know he has moved on. Don't waste your time waiting for him. The future will tell. You might find a new love but don't hurry to be in a relationship.
What should I do if my boyfriend wants to breakup over a little problem?
You should let him have his way. If he can't sit down with you to solve the little problems, what about when large problems manifest? Again, it's evident your boyfriend wants a perfect relationship which as we know doesn't exist. Every relationship has a problem. Lastly, you should find out why he wants to breakup over a little problem. It might be he wants to find a reason to breakup with you for a number of reasons. Maybe he no longer has strong feelings for you or is tired of the relationship.
I have come to learn in life, you can't force someone to stay in a relationship when he doesn't. If he does, he'll complicate the relationship because his heart is no longer in the relationship.
I was in a six-month relationship and we broke up because I was so mad at him when he went out with his friends on club nights. He said he couldn't do it anymore, I'm too young for serious relationship. What should I do?
You should take some time to reflect on various things pertaining to the relationship. Take one or two weeks and reflect on the relationship. When you are married, would you be comfortable with your husband going to nightclubs on some days especially on weekends? If you will not feel comfortable then you need to let him know you love him but you don't feel okay with him going to nightclubs. Right now, do you feel comfortable with him going to nightclubs even if you love him so much?
Stop thinking of whether you love him. You should think about whether you will be comfortable and whether you will tolerate it. In this instance, you aren't too young for a serious relationship but sensible enough to notice whether you are up to it - will tolerate the act.
If you are comfortable with the act, you should contact him a week or two and let him know you had been thinking about what he said, you acted irrationally and apologize; the reason you took some time before contacting him.
Don't contact him for a week or two and think whether you will be comfortable with it or not.Helpful 5
My boyfriend impregnated another woman. I was devasted, but I said I still love him and I’m willing to support him having to support another woman’s baby. He also said he loves me more but he feels guilty and sorry for the other woman and the baby in her womb. He decided to break up with me. I feel like I need to fight for this relationship. What should I do or say to him?
It is a lost battle. Consider the fact that he is expecting a new-born baby. He will be a father. It means a lot to him if he loves you more than the other woman he would have supported them financially while staying in the relationship with you. Again, he is already a family man.
If you want to support him in supporting his expectant girlfriend is to tell him that you love him and it hurts that he has left you for another woman. Let him know you will assist him in supporting the woman and the child. Do not plead.
But as I said before, it will be difficult to get him back. There is nothing you can do to convince him apart from showing him how much you love him, how you had envisioned the two of you together till death, and you enjoy your relationship with him.Helpful 5
He went back to his ex without breaking up with me. He's been avoiding me till I spoke to him. He couldn't explain himself better, all he said is I said something to him which means I asked for a break up and we were so cool till he disappeared. I blocked him on social media and he asked me to unblock him which I did not and he tells people we are dating while I see him with his ex girlfriend every day. Please is there a probability that he wants me back?
It is just playing the right card at the right time. It fails on the other side expect to be approached. It doesn't make sense he has gone back to his ex and still want open communication with you. The social media act as evidence he's still with you.
I wouldn't think it's wise to accept him back to your life when he comes. Why does he want to communicate with you when he is another relationship? Again, why say you asked for a breakup when you didn't.
He will come when it doesn't go well on the other side. Social media acts as a channel to convince his friends he's still with you because of liking and commenting to each other's status and so on.
Please think whether it'll be alright to have h back when he comes back. You need to reflect and arrive at a desirable situation whether to go move on with your life or not.
I was in a 2-years relationship with my boyfriend. Suddenly, he blocked me and even If I tried from another opportunity to gain access to him, he blocked me. I don't want to leave him. What should I do?
You should leave him even though you don't want to do so. Unless you did something that warranted his behaviour, you should leave him and move on.
He blocks you without a reason. You try another way but he still blocks you. He hasn't given you a reason why he doesn't want any more interaction with you.
This is a clear sign he no longer wants to be in the relationship with you. He no longer has any feelings for you. It might be he has found another lover.
I suggest you move on with you. This person doesn't respect or think you're important in his life. Don't waste your time. Move on.
It's difficult to move on but it's the right thing to do.
If the lady you want to date or marry enters in arguments with you and later says "give me space," does it mean you've lost her?
Not necessarily. She wants to have space to think a lot of things pertaining to the relationship and you. She wants to analyze the relationship and find out if it's alright to continue with the relationship or not. The decision she comes up after reflecting on the connection will determine the direction of the relationship. She might call you and discuss various things about the relationship, or, she might tell you, either through call or SMS, that she doesn't want to be in the relationship anymore.
Sometimes people ask for space so that they can regain the peace of mind and heart resulting from the relationship, and regain energy they lost in the relationship. In rare cases, she might not text or call you to tell you she no longer wants to continue in the relationship with you. This is after reflecting on the relationship and finding no need to let you where she stands.
Thus, you should give her ample time before contacting her.
I feel so bad about this situation. We were just getting to know each other, there was no problem. It seemed we liked each other. So apart from not understanding what went wrong I do not know what to do. I do like this guy but I can't stand with such behaviour of disappearing . What should I do?
He applied what I call 'silent treatment.' He didn't tell you why he no longer wants to be in the relationship. He just disappears without letting you know where he stands in the relationship - in or out of it.
Four weeks is less time to build emotional bonding. In your case, you had started becoming emotionally bonded to him. But, it seemed there was more than what he said about his job worrying him.
You are hurt, you still long for him but the guy doesn't seem to respond to you. Instead, he ceases any communication with you.
I suggest you exercise no contact rule. Don't try to contact him in whatever way. Trying to get someone who just left the relationship without telling you is difficult.
You should go on with your life. Move on. It's hard but it's the only thing left. He wasn't considerate of letting you know he doesn't want to be in the relationship and providing the reason why.
It might be he was no longer interested in the relationship or maybe he found another significant one. It might be hard to know what went wrong if you didn't do anything to make him to behave in such a manner.
Just move on and you will find another man.
I was in a relationship for 14 years. Now, my boyfriend blocked me and can't talk to me. I love him a lot. Please, tell me what should I do?
Your boyfriend blocking your calls might have resulted from something you did to him which he didn't like. Something might have contributed to it.
You should find out why he blocked you. If you did something that angered him, you will need to apologise.
Since he has blocked your calls, find other alternative ways e.g. through social media or text him. You should ask for forgiveness but don't pressure him to respond. Give him time to respond. If he hasn't responded, wait for some few days then text him and arrange to meet if it is possible.
Don't startle him by visiting his place. Don't rush things. He will get annoyed and avoid you.
My ex-boyfriend recently came to see me on his birthday to ask who I'm dating, could it be he wants me back?
Not really. That is a kind of behavior that's common in many dumpers who ended the relationship because they reunited with their ex or had found another partner. He wants to know how you're fairing, whether you've moved on. By asking whether you're dating someone, he wants to find out if you've moved on. Or, to find out which man 'stole' your heart. Again, to see whether he could take advantage of you.
I wouldn't advise you to reunite if he asks. First, he didn't tell you he had gone back to his ex. Second, it will repeat itself. It's evident he's feelings for his ex.
I was in a relationship for four months. I told him I was hurt by something he had done. I tried to explain to him why it hurt me, but the next day he broke up with me via a text message, after staying at my house the whole afternoon. I don’t know how to react to this or what to do because he told me I have changed but according to me I have not changed. What should I do about my sudden breakup?
Your ex exhibits a personality that you will find in many men. They don't want to be told they erred, they did a mistake, they hurt their significant other.
Your ex doesn't want to accept the truth he hurt you. He believes he has never hurt you. He is good. You are bad. He has never changed. You have changed.
You shouldn't apologize because you'll be strengthening his ego. There was a lady who asked for my advice pertaining to a problem that is similar to yours. She sent her boyfriend a text. She told him that he had hurt her because he didn't wish her a happy birthday. The next day, her boyfriend sent her a breakup text. That's a male ego which you shouldn't tolerate.
I suggest you don't contact your ex for a few days. This is to reduce the tension you feel and to enable you to reflect on your ex and the failed relationship.
After the few days of not contacting him, send him a text. Don't call him. Let him know how much you love him. Tell him that the mere mention of letting him know he hurt you, he dumps you instead of accepting it shows the kind of man he is. He doesn't want to accept the truth. Wish him well. Let him know you feel very hurt the fact he hurt you but doesn't want to admit it. Instead of accepting it, he dumps you which has increased the pain you're feeling. Thank him for everything. Let him know in time, you will heal from the hurt. You will recover and you'll have gained the strength to move on.
Think about it: can you live in a relationship whereby your man hurts you but doesn't want to accept that he hurts you? Will you be bottling up the continuous hurt in silence? That's not healthy. It shows a lack of respect.
If he calls you during the no contact, well and good. If he doesn't, don't beg. He has to accept the fact.
Forgive him. Let him know you've forgiven him. But you won't accept to apologize for something that you didn't do wrong.
We have been in a relationship for about a week, and he just texted me to say that he is no longer interested. Right now I am madly in love with him. What should I do?
For your boyfriend to have broken up with you for a very short time shows how he's inconsiderate of you. That is a man you wouldn't want to get back to. As much as you love him, you will have to forget him and move on with your life. No need for pleading or begging for him to come back. Don't try to get him back because he doesn't treasure you. You deserve better.
Out of the blue, I decided to break up with my boyfriend of 7 months. As soon as I said it, I regretted. I wasn’t myself. It was going through a difficult time. How do I get him back or make him trust me again after I broke his heart?
You have to arrange with him when to meet to explain why you made that decision. It will be difficult for your boyfriend to accept your invitation because of the pain he is feeling as a result of your decision.
Call him. If he doesn't answer send him a text. Tell him it hurts you that you hurt him by making a rash decision. Let him know why you made the decision. Let him know what you were going through and how it affected the decision which you regret.
Let him know you love him. Ask for forgiveness and another chance. Let him know you are waiting for his response.
If he doesn't respond, wait a few days before you call or send him a final text asking for another chance. Again, let him know that you love him and you're patiently waiting for him. Don't beg again because you will only infuriate, annoy and hurt him the more.
If he doesn't want to get back with you, wait for more than a week before you try for the last time.
If things don't go well, it's time to accept the relationship is over. It's time to move on.
Whenever we were together I would always think of our future. He always told me not to think about the future and that I should live in the present moment. It was clear that he wasn't going to stay in the future. I still miss him but I won't tell it to him. We don't talk anymore. We don't follow each other on social media. What should I do?
You should move on with your life. It does hurt and his view you should live in the present not the future. While a relationship is built in the present, it is destined for the future. If there is no future in the relationship then the relationship is useless.
Don't tell him how much you love and miss him. Let him not know how you feel because he is no longer in your life.
You will get over the breakup. You will be back on your foot. Forget about him. Don't be angry at him. Don't hate him. Forgive him. Don't entertain thoughts about him.
After a month has passed, send him a short text thanking him for everything and wishing him all the best. Whether he responds or not shouldn't be your concern. Even if he replies don't respond.
I advise that you shouldn't get back together in whatever circumstance.
I took pictures in under clothes and bra and sent it to my boyfriend. He broke up with me. What should I do?
Your boyfriend might have felt repulsed by sending a half-naked picture of you to him. He should have told you about it instead of breaking up with you.
Send him a text or call him (if he'll pick up the call) and tell him you didn't know he was repelled to such kind of a photo. Apologize. If he doesn't respond or responds negatively, cease any contact with him for two weeks.
If he doesn't respond during no contact or you contact him after two weeks but doesn't respond or responds negatively; you'll have to give up the relationship. It will be time to move on because it might be there's a deeper reason he broke up with you and not necessarily because you sent him such a photo.
My boyfriend broke up with me because I am a Hindu and he is a Muslim. He gave up on me without even talking about our relationship to his parents. He just broke up. I still love him and want to be with him. What will I do?
Your boyfriend broke up with you because you're a Hindu and he is a Muslim. It is evident your ex wants his future wife to be a Muslim. You'll have to decide whether to convert into Islamic or remain a Hindu. If you remain a Hindu, there is no possibility of getting your ex back. You'll have to forget him.
Thus, think carefully if you would like to give up your religion for another in the name of love.
What should I do? My boyfriend dumped me after 8 months of being in a relationship, 4 days before my birthday, and 2 weeks before sitting for my state Exams license. I was depressed and failed exams licensees. I tried to move on. I haven't heard much from him for 5 weeks and now he texts me and asks how I’m doing. What should I do and what are his motives?
I'm sorry to hear you failed your exams as a result of the breakup and how depressing it was celebrating your birthday. Your boyfriend has texted you to know if you've moved on. Have you moved on are you still longing for him? Again he wants to find out if from your response there is a chance of getting back. His motive might be genuine by finding out if the breakup affected you negatively (though it's hardly the case), or it might be mockery when he finds out from your response it has been hard for you to move on or wants to know if there's a chance to get back together.
So, what should you do? Though it's hard to move on after a breakup, it's possible. I would advise you reply to him that you're not fine because his dumping you hurt you to the point you were depressed, which you are, and as a result of depression, you failed your exams. But, let him know you'll be fine because you're moving on with your life. Even though it's hard to move on you'll make it.
After you've replied don't reply to another text he sends. If you do so, you'll long for him which will increase the hurt and depression. You'll find it hard to move on. Maybe he was sorry for dumping you. It doesn't matter. You have to move on with your life. I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup. Read it on how you can move on after a breakup. Don't forget to thank him for everything and wish him all the best. Don't work on reviving the relationship because it will revive the the pain which will affect you negatively as you might develop acute depression. Maybe several months or years after you've healed completely you'll know if it's okay to reunite but not now when you're hurting.
One day when I woke up in the morning I saw a message from my girlfriend telling me she's breaking up with me without any reason. I tried her number several times but she never picked up my calls. It's 5 years now since the break up but I'm still hurt whenever I remember the memories. I still can't go on in life taking a new partner; I'm still single because I'm afraid of another break up. What is your take?
It's sad your girlfriend broke up with you without any reason. I know you want a long-term partner. You want to have your own family. But, you can't dream of a future family when you're afraid to test the depth of a stream once again.
Hurt is inevitable. You can't run from it, but you can minimize it. I have undergone more than four relationships. In all of them, I was dumped in ridiculous ways. I felt like you did. I don't want to be in another relationship because I don't want to get hurt again. But, I learned not to allow hurt to continue its course in my life.
The most important thing is not of you'll be hurt again but how to deal with the hurt. In today's world, it takes more than two to three breakups to settle with a life partner. Even in relationships and marriages, hurt will always exist. Your partner will hurt you consciously or deliberately even in marriages and vice versa.
Don't be afraid to engage in another relationship. I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup. It has take you a very long time to heal. You should have healed a few months after the breakup. Let not what happened last year affect or impede you from doing what you desire because you're afraid of how the past treated you.
Stop thinking about your ex. Unfriend or block her from your social media accounts. Store away her photos or tear them or delete them if they're on your phone or computer. Let not the memory of your ex take control of you. Learn to let go so you can enjoy your life.
My boyfriend of 16 months broke up with me (he was my first boyfriend ever). He said he needed time and space. For the past week I’ve been hoping he’ll come back to me. What do I do?
You should not wait hoping when he will come back because he might never come back. When a person says he needs time and space, the results of that decision, in more cases than not, is that he has already decided to move on. You should go on with your life. Don't contact him in any way. Focus on your life. It is time to move on. It is hard, but it is the last resort.
My boyfriend of over 2 years broke up with me over the phone and he wanted to be friends. What do I do?
You can't be instant friends after breaking up. In fact you need to be casual friends but not now; several months or years after you've moved on. For now, cease any communication with your ex. Work on yourself, focus on yourself. You shouldn't look behind. Read an article I wrote, steps to heal and recover from a breakup.
My boyfriend has suddenly stopped responding to my calls and messages and tells me he’s “feeling down." Despite me voicing my support and help if he needs it, he still continues to be distant. I feel like he is going to break up with me or at least wants to but is avoiding the whole situation and ignoring me instead. How can I move on if he’s not going to formally say or do something and should I hold out hope he will be mature and break up instead of leaving me in the dark?
Exercising the no contact rule is the best option in aiding you to move on. Some people exercise silence; not sending/calling or responding to the texts or calls, otherwise known as "the cold shoulder" as a means of ending a relationship. That is what your boyfriend is trying to accomplish by being 'distant.'
You can hold on the hope he will be mature to break up with you but for how long?
The following is a tactic I used in two different situations when my girlfriends exercised cold shoulder. I stopped communicating with them for a month. In any case, it was a waste of time as they did not bother or find the need to reply to my texts. After a month, I texted them with the question of whether the relationship was over or not. They replied on the same day I sent the text that the relationship said was over, and they were seeing another man.
After a month of not communicating with your ex, ask him if he wants to break up with you then he should say so because that is what you feel and you will accept that decision. Another thing, if during the no-contact period he does not converse with you then he does not want to break up with you in a mature manner. He wants you to know what his silence implies.
While you might ask him now whether he is thinking of breaking up with you, the probability of getting a Yes answer is difficult. Wait after a month of not communicating with him because he does not want to talk to you why bother to talk back to him. The no-contact period will assist you in gaining the strength which will enable you to move on.
We met each other in a mental hospital, I know that sounds kinda crazy but I swear I’m fine. Anyway, we were all that onto each other. We had cause and because no one likes messed up people, he broke up with me last night and I’m looking this up the next morning. I’m so stupid. I want him back. I love him and he loves me. What do I do to get my ex-back?
Send him a text. Tell him how much you love him and you can work out what led to the breakup. If he doesn't respond, text him by telling him that you're patiently waiting for his response. Don't contact him for more than two weeks. If he doesn't respond in that period, contact him. If he doesn't pick up your phone or reply to your text, don't bother him. Continue with your life. You will find someone else who loves and understands you.
He just broke up with me because he said it's not the right time and he is dealing with a lot of difficult situations e.g. financially and a family member is unconscious. I don't know how to respond to him. I want to know, is there anything to do with me?
Why should I respond the way the guy finds right? Even after the breakup, does his opinion matter? Why should I resist what I feel just to make him feel good? If he doesn't feel guilty for what he did, there is no point in pleasing him. The fact is it hurts and it hurts like hell.
My boyfriend broke up with me 2 days ago and I have not responded yet because I’m sort of an emotional wreck at the moment but I want him to know that I need space and I don’t know how to say it. Any advice?
You can take your time by not responding to your ex but it shouldn't exceed one week. I understand your predicament since you don't want to respond negatively. It's very important you don't respond negatively because it might affect you and/or your ex negatively and you might love the rest of your life blaming yourself and might develop depression and low self-esteem.
I support your decision to need some space or time before responding. This will allow the opportunity to reflect or ponder on several things concerning the failed relationship and your ex and know what to say and not to say to your ex, and what your final decision will be. Also, you will gain the strength to be emotionally stable without reacting negatively and/or desperately when you contact him.
Send him a text acknowledging the fact he ended the relationship but you won't respond to because you need your own space to ponder about the whole thing - the relationship and your ex and you - and you will get back to him after a few days. Also, you need the courage or strength to respond to him.
You can take as many days as you want to ponder about the relationship and to gain the courage and not to become needy/desperate after you tell him that you need some space. But, it shouldn't be more than a week.
Your proposal is a good decision to undertake since you don't want to react negatively, beg/plead for a reunion or become desperate/needy to have him back.
I have been with my boyfriend for six months. He recently asked me to give him some time to himself. The reason he asked me this is because he wants to concentrate on his studies as this is his second semester. He does not pick up my calls or texts, but all he does when he meets me at school is greet me and act like everything is normal. He asks me to not leave him but just give him time. I'm so confused. What should I do?
That's not an unacceptable behavior. I don't accept his reason that the relationship is interfering with his studies. The best he could to ask to go slow in the relationship. Lack of receiving your calls or replying to your texts, then saying you shouldn't leave him when you meet doesn't make sense.
What he might not realize is that he is hurting and confusing you. He sees no problem with his action but it isn't acceptable.
You have to make your stand. You have to make it clear to him that you are a human being with feelings, a life to live, goals and dreams to fulfill and things to do. He can't say you shouldn't love him when there isn't any communication. You can't sit down through the whole semester waiting for somebody who is blaming the relationship for interfering with his studies.
It is true a relationship can interfere with studies or jobs. However, cutting communication isn't a viable solution. It is outright rude.
Send him a text since he doesn't want to receive your call. State the facts. Tell him you have to meet to discuss the fate of the relationship. If he doesn't respond, better forget him.
I am in a six-months relationship. I feel my boyfriend doesn't want us to continue with the relationship but he doesn't want to tell me for some reason I don't know why. I feel he wants me to be the one to end the relationship. Should I give him what he wants or should I wait for him to open up? He keeps telling me that I should not leave him but his actions are showing me that he doesn't want me. Please I am confused. What should I do?
He doesn't reply to your texts nor answers your calls yet he doesn't want you to leave him. You will have to let him know the facts. He has cut communication. Without communication, a relay can't survive or be strong. It isn't healthy. While you understand the relationship might have some effect on the relationship, cutting the communication isn't the solution. He has to know he is hurting you. His action is rude and it displays an attitude of 'I'm-not-into-this-relationship-anymore.'
You have to arrange when to meet to discuss. If he doesn't reply or answers your call, send him a text. Explain to him how you feel and why you his attitude is indicating he's no longer interested in the relationship. He has to make a stand whether he is in it or not. You are a human with feelings, dreams and goals to fulfill and things to do. If there is no constant commy however infrequent it is, you won't continue in the relationship.
You have to find a way to solve this issue. If he doesn't want to communicate through these channels, you will have to end the relationship.
I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 3 years. We both have a son who is turning two-years-old. have never met his parents and he has never met my parents too. He came to see his son 3 times when he was 3,6 & 8 months old. I tried everything for the relationship to work but he broke up with me via text message saying he's sorry for what he has put me through and he has feelings for another girl. Should we meet up to know why my boyfriend wants to end things and also to tell him to forget about his son?
I'm sure you want to know why he ended the relationship, and you did everything to ensure the relationship is active. But, think about this: He 'dumped' you for another girl. I wouldn't suggest you meet up with him to find out why he ended the relationship. He might even not tell you the truth so as not to hurt you.
I know you'll be psychologically tortured to know why he broke up with you. You would want to know why and what you could do to get back your ex.
It is obvious before he ended the relationship, he was seeing the other girl (maybe for a few months or weeks).
It's better you don't know because your ex used an inappropriate method to inform you of his wanting to end the relationship.
About the child, let him know through text or call him. It's sad he wasn't there for you and the child (and he is right he has put you through a lot. You had to take care of the child on your own).
Find the appropriate means to let him know he has to forget about his son (until an appropriate time if you wish so).
Don't contact him for a few days. A week is appropriate. After one week of not contacting him, contact him through text or call him and let him know of your decision (you won't allow him to see his son. He needs to forget about him until when the child would be ready to know his father).
My boyfriend broke up with me the day after we confessed that we liked each other. We were texting "I love you" all night. Then the next morning, he said it's over. What do I say?
Tell him you don't understand why he broke up with you.
Let him know he has hurt you, but you can't force him to love you when he no longer has any feelings for you. Let him know you wonder whether he really loves you or has feelings for you or he was playing with you.
Let him know though it will take some time to heal and recover from the breakup; you will take the necessary steps to ensure you have found your feet to move on. Maybe you were never intended to be together but for now, what matters is to work out on moving on and concentrating on your life.
Thank him for everything, the good and the bad, and wish him all the best and his future love.
My girlfriend broke up with me so I moved on. My question is why she would continue to text me that she misses me, she can't and hates being apart from me then starts blaming me and pointing out my flaws. So I replied with "You left me" then she continues to insult me. And then tells me that she has a date tomorrow. I don't get it, I didn't insult her. I left her alone just as she asked of me. Why did she do that? Am I wrong for respecting her wishes? I'm hurt and confused.
What your girlfriend is exhibiting is withdrawal symptoms. This is commonly displayed by dumpers.
She dumped. You acted cool. You were calm. You told as she wishes you'll respect her decision. You moved on with your life. She expected you would beg. You would plead. You would ask her for reconciliation, that she would come back to your life.
Your lack of response and that you seemed to deal with the breakup in a positive way got into her. While you moved on, she didn't. While you healed and recovered, she hasn't yet healed. Thus, the emotions she's displaying is, as a result, you're well off while she's struggling with her emotions. The 'I miss you,' the insulting and the blaming are a result of the fact she hasn't gotten over the breakup despite the fact she's the one who ended the relationship. As of her telling you she has a date the next day might be true or not. In most cases it's not. She wants you to know she's doing fine, she's over the relationship and you, she has a man in her life thus everything is going well in her life which isn't true.
I call it withdrawal effect because she's begun exhibiting signs related to a breakup or end of a relationship or the fact she's no longer in relationship with you.
I hope this lengthy answer provides you with an idea what goes on on a dumper's mind though it's not exhibited by all dumpers.
I broke up with my girlfriend and went back to my previous girlfriend. Was it wrong to do that?
What lead to the breakup with your former girlfriend that now you're getting back to her after breaking up with the current girlfriend? You can't get back to your former girlfriend unless you've good reasons, not because you haven't found another girlfriend.
You must have a valid reason why you got back to your former girlfriend. If not, the getting back won't survive. Another breakup is bound to happen. I would have advised you to take your time before getting back to her.
After seven years in a relationship, she dumped me. What should I do?
That is a long relationship for the lady to come to such a conclusion. There are cases like yours and it is difficult to digest in.
I don't know which reason might have led to the breakup but you should exercise no contact. Don't contact her for a month as you reflect on the relationship and do what is needed to ensure you heal and recover from the breakup. Let her know you want to employ no contact.
At the end of no contact period, you will have a clear perspective on whether you should try to get her back or move on with your life.
The reason for the breakup might depend on whether a reunion is possible or not.
Things are not the same at all. I don’t know if it’s because of what recently happened, but I can’t see us being like we were before. Everything just seems messed up. I don’t think it’s timing. I think we both grew out of love. I don’t know if we were both accommodative in love or it was fate. I wouldn’t personally call it lust. But things are different, and this is what’s on my mind. What should I do?
There might be various factors that have led to what your relationship is currently going through. It might just be one or several of them. It might be that you grew out of love.
In the current situation you're in I would advise you to stop any communication with your partner. Let your partner know you need time to be alone with your thoughts thus you shouldn't communicate with each other until you feel there is a reason to do so. When you don't communicate with your partner, it will afford you time to reflect on the relationship without letting emotions assist you in analyzing the relationship.
It is difficult to think clearly if you're still in contact with your partner. You need ample time, not one or two weeks but preferably a month. You will have cooled down, in control of your emotions and able to analyze the relationship soberly.
At the end of no contact rule or when you feel you should cease remaining silent, you will have known whether there is a chance of reviving the relationship or move on.
But from the way I see it, there is no point of reviving the relationship as it will not be in its former glory. In any case, it is better to exercise no contact rule for a minimum of one month.
My boyfriend broke up with me because I asked him if he was cheating on me as I had found evidence but couldn't tell him that. Now he’s not talking to me telling me it’s my fault. I regret this and pay for it eventually. What should I do?
First thing, you did what was right. If you hadn't raised the issue would you have wanted to stay with a man who is continuously cheating on you but you're afraid to tell him so because you don't want the relationship to break up? Don't you see it would affect you negatively?
For him to dump you because you asked in a kind manner shows the level of respect he has for you and how much he loves you. Who knows, don't you think maybe he would have dumped you later?
Yes, you love him but think how the relationship would be staying in it with someone who is unfaithful.
You should stop any communication with him for one to two weeks. If he doesn't respond within that period, then you'll know he wasn't really in love with you. During this period work on yourself and reflect on the relationship. If he doesn't contact you make up your mind to either contact him or not. I would advise you not to and to move on with your life.
My boyfriend broke up with me through text and said he wanted time to find himself and he hopes to continue our relationship in a year or so. He said he still likes me but does he?
Let us emphasize his words: "He likes you." Like doesn't translate to love. He just likes you because of a quality you possess which attracts you to him not that he loves you because he loves you.
Another thing, for someone to end a relationship through text shows how he despises or treats you with contempt. He should have approached you and told you so unless he lives hundreds of miles from where you stay or reside. If it is not the case, you cannot count on his love for you existing in his heart.
Lastly, don't wait patiently for a year or so for him to come back from when he 'paused' the relationship, though it's not the case since he 'stopped' it, and continue from where you left. During that period he will have changed his mind not to continue in the relationship or the relationship might end up in another breakup. Is the reason he gave for the breakup really the true reason why he ended the relationship? A year or so is a long time to wait for someone who you don't know the real reason why ended the relationship. You don't even know if the relationship will survive or he will not change his mind to engage in a relationship with another lady. Move on from the breakup. Stop thinking about him.
My boyfriend of 11 months ended it because he says he loves me but we don’t work and we don’t get on and I’m currently 8 weeks pregnant. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me deal with my boyfriend leaving me?
I understand both of you don't work but it isn't a reason for your boyfriend to end the relationship. You can't dump somebody because of a lack of job. That's not love. The part of not getting along might be justifiable in some circumstances but I don't understand why he wouldn't sit down with you to solve the issues that face the relationship.
Since you are pregnant, he should be responsible. He can't escape from that responsibility even if he doesn't work. This means you need to take legal action against him to so that he can take care of the pregnancy and after the child has been born until the child reaches the age of 18. It doesn't mean you need to reconcile.
One thing that is evident is that the relationship has been faced with various problems including finances and unemployment. The last two issues usually break a relationship apart. I would suggest you don't try to ask for reconciliation because it's evident he doesn't want to get back to it.
The fact he says he loves you but doesn't want to be with you as a clear indication he doesn't want to continue in the relationship with him.
What you need to do is tell him (not ask) that he shouldn't escape from the responsibility of taking care of the pregnancy (and you) and after the child has been born. You should discuss the issue of the pregnancy and the child after he/she is born. Don't abort. If he doesn't want to own up to it, let him know you'll take legal action against him.
I wouldn't suggest you reunite because it will only make the situation worse. You'll know in the coming months whether it's better to reunite or not. As of now, the most important thing is your unborn baby.
I've been dating a guy for six months, even we talked about the future together. He had even introduced me to his kids (widower) but out of the blue, he dumps me saying he likes me a lot but not feeling it. It hurts. Not understanding why. Do I dare to hope he will come back?
No, you shouldn't keep that hope he'll come back. Many things might have contributed to this such as: maybe his kids didn't like you and told him so, he no longer feels attracted to you or was simply experimenting and so on.
It's better you cease any communication with him. If he has not contacted you during the silent or no contact period, it's evident he'll never come back. Stop any communication with him for two weeks and see whether he'll respond but don't keep your hopes high.
If he doesn't respond send him a short text thanking him for the time you spent together and wish him all the best. But don't forget to tell him he hurt you but you'll heal and find the strength to move on. He needs to know his action has hurt you.
He broke up with me the previous year without reason. Two months after that he came back and we fixed things and six months down the line he broke things off again without reason, says he doesn't feel the same way. I told him I respect his decision. I asked him if he wasn't happy. I also suggested that we do not talk for a period of time just for me to be okay. Was my response graceful or not?
It was graceful, polite, clear and understandable considering he broke up with you for no reason, came back, ended the relationship and as it will be obvious, he will come back again to you. You need time and space to be on your own to reflect, heal and know the way forward. You did react positively which will ensure you will heal and recover quickly from the breakup.
How do I initiate a telephone call with my ex?
Start the call casually. Ask her how she's doing. There is the possibility she won't be interested in letting you know how she's doing or what's going on in her life.
However she responds, let her know you called to greet her and to know how she's fairing on. Then end the call.
The purpose of the call is not to let her know why you called. You don't want to appear needy or desperate. Thus, you should wait for a few days before you call her again. If she responds before the second call the better.
If not, call her. Start with greetings as usual then ask her when she'll be free so that you can meet. If she responds positively, the better. If not, you'll have to wait for another few days before you send her a text, no longer a call.
I was in a 2 year long relationship has ended because he said we were no longer making each other happy. He’s my first love and we both suffer from mental health problems. I have depression and I’m scared of not being happy without him. Any advice?
You can be happy without him. The first breakup always brings such thoughts.
The most important thing to remind yourself is that you have a future to live for. Your life isn't limited to the relationship.
Sometimes you'll find yourself thinking about your ex, and the thought life won't be good without him by your side. However, the feelings are a result of the emotional bonding that has been severed.
Think about people whose relationship had broken up, but they were able to sojourn on. They made it. You have to purpose to heal and recover from the breakup.
Whenever you find yourself thinking about him, tell yourself he is no longer yours. You'll need to think about other things than your ex.
You have to program your mind and tell your heart you have a life to live, and you can be happy irrespective of the breakup.
I suggest you read these articles:
1) Steps to Healing and Recovering from the Breakup
2) Things to Do and Not to Do After a Breakup
I wrote the above two articles with the intention of helping people to heal and recover from the breakup.
It's possible to be happy without your ex. Always remember that.
My boyfriend and I have just broken up. He was my first boyfriend. It was a relatively clean break and I understand the reason. But, he still wants to be friends and is more open and friendly with me than during the recent part of our relationship. To accept we aren't together and to kill any hope of getting back together, I'd like to avoid him for awhile. The problem is that we go to the same college and live in the same project house. Do you have any advice for me?
That's a good idea. In order not to have false expectations or deceive yourself by hoping for what is not expectable, you have to stop contacting him. You have to avoid any form of friendship - casual and platonic. When you have healed and recovered from the breakup, you can be casual friends but never platonic friends.
My suggestion: You need to sit down with your ex and explain to him. You can head to a coffee shop or someplace (a quiet place). You should let him know that you're trying to heal and recover from the breakup. As of now, you find it hard digesting the fact you're friends while a few days ago you were lovers. Thus, he needs to give you some space so that you can deal with the breakup.
It's better to be open.
You should apologize for what you're going to say before you tell him. This is to avoid causing drama or making things worse.
As far as the two of you are concerned, you are now total strangers. You barely know each other. Therefore, you should only greet each other. Nothing more. You have to let him know about this. Also, no discussing the project or any subject/topic the two of you. The discussion should involve more than the two of you.
You can study in the same class but no more chatting or discussing together. The discussions should involve others.
Be friendly. Let not your face betray your heart. Forgive him and yourself. Don't hold any bitterness or hatred. Only greet each other. Unless you're in the same group, don't talk more than basic greetings.
I'm in a 8-year relationship. I cheated via a dating app and was caught out by my boyfriend. We live together however he wants a breakup. I don't want to accept and worst of all we stay in the same house. I don't know how to handle this. He blocked me from all social media sites. We don't talk and we didn't do the final chat since he didn't want to. What is the best thing for me to do right now?
He wants a breakup you don't want to. I believe you've tried to explain to him and have promised it will never happen again - you'll be faithful in the relationship - but he doesn't want to. To complicate matters, you stay in the same house and he doesn't want to talk to you.
It is usually very difficult for a person to forgive their partner when they have been unfaithful. You'll have to find means of asking for another chance to display your faithfulness to the relationship and love for him. You can write a letter. However, you should be careful to avoid any form of confrontation or fights. Also, you shouldn't beg or plead a lot since you'll turn him off.
You might want to indicate in the letter or through text or when you call him (whichever you choose though in this situation written texts are better than calling) that you love him. You have to prove this. It's a fact he is hurt which you will have to consider. Then, let him know that you are waiting for him patiently because you don't want to lose him.
You want contact him or beg or plead because you'll annoy him which will aggravate the situation. You will have to exercise no contact. It is during those silent days you'll know whether he has already made up his mind to move on by not contacting you. It means he is firm with his decision. It's difficult to convince someone who has already made up his mind to follow through his decision.
I just woke up to a text message that my boyfriend needs a recess. He is still with his baby mama. What do I do?
You should not contact him for several days as you reflect on your relationship with him. If he is still with his baby mama, it does not make sense continuing in a relationship with him even though you do love him. His love is divided between you and his baby mama. It is obvious his feelings for his baby mama is higher than yours considering the determining factor - the baby.
His royalty will always be divided. Thus, this time affords you to reflect on this matter and hopefully to leave him and move on with your life.
My boyfriend wants to break up with me because his ex told him she is pregnant and is responsible for it. How long should I wait for the breakup? He told me that he wants some time to think about it and take the necessary decision.
I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for about 8 months now. Our relationship had not yet been defined though we acted like lovers since we had intimacy several times. I told him to define our relationship. He took a week and today he has told me that he's breaking up with me. How do I respond in a mature manner?
I'm glad you reached a point whereby you wanted to know the status of the relationship.
You have to decide which mode of communication will best suit you in this situation: in person, through call or through text.
Before you respond, take a few days to compose yourself (not faking). Three days to a week might be appropriate. During this period, accept the breakup happened, the relationship is over, you've to do what is needed to heal and recover from the breakup and that you have to move on.
Tell yourself that you won't yell at him even though you're hurt. You will weep but you won't cause any drama. You won't say a lot but what needs to be said. You can tell him how you feel but in time you'll get better. Thank him and say you would like to go.
You might want to respond through text if you find it difficult to react positively when you meet him.
If you would like to meet him, you can do it in open e.g. a park or cafe whereby the environment will make you restrain from reacting immaturely.
I've been with her for a year and three months. We've gone through so many challenges together during that period. She has broken up with me several times but we still patch things up and move on. But, she's broken up with me because of someone else. She's telling me she has moved on and she doesn't care about how I am moving on. To make things worst, she's dating someone in the same street as me. Even though I am hurt right am, I still love her. What should I do?
I don't know what might have led her to date another person and say she doesn't care whether you're moving on or not. Look closely what might have led her to do this. If there is nothing you did to warrant this, you should not bother her.
Sometimes, what people say is a cover-up. They don't mean it. They want someone to believe they are in control of everything, they are happy or they don't need that person.
I suggest you contact her and tell her despite her decision and not caring about how you feel, you still love her and will be waiting for her. You won't bother her with calls it texts but will be patiently waiting for her because you believe you were meant to be together.
When you have told her so, it is time to apply no contact. Don't contact her until she responds. Whether she responds to your telling her you will wait for her or during the no contact or not, you should be working on healing and recovering from the breakup. You will have to move on. You will have to forget about her as much as possible. If she contacts you in the future or not, it shouldn't worry you though it hurts.
My experience: I had the same experience as you. I had a girl who we had even arranged about our future life. Out of the blue, she went dumb - remained silent. I contacted her but she didn't respond to me. I waited for about a month without contacting her. After one month, I told her to tell me the status of the relationship. She told me she had a man, I shouldn't bother her. I told her that I will bother her. I didn't bother. In a few days, I learned that she was asking if I had gotten another girl.
She got married to that guy, and I fell in love with another lady.
Sometimes, you've to give up something because life is short.
After a month of no contact, you'll have a good idea whether to get her back or move on.
My boyfriend says he loves me and his baby mama. What should I do?
Obviously, he loves his baby mama. He has feelings for you but the fact is his mind is fully directed to her. Again, you can't share your love for him with another woman.
You should not proceed in a relationship with him. You have to let him known (politely) you can't get in the way of his relationship with his baby mama and that you can't share your love with him with another woman.
Choose the best means of telling him if your decision. Replace your love for him for friendship. You should make it clear to him.
My boyfriend said he needs time to have a rethink about our relationship, please what should I do?
You should give him the time he needs to rethink about the relationship. Forcing or begging him not to leave won't help in making the matter become better. This is because even if he agrees to stay, it might create problems in the relationship. You should accept his decision because you might also need the time to reflect on the relationship.
Remember to tell him that you hope he will make wise decision after rethinking about the relationship. Let him know that you do love him and hope you will spend your lives together because that's what you've always wanted.
My boyfriend broke up with me after I heard he was cheating on me. He said he wants to break up because he wants me to be happy and doesn't want to see me crying, but I think there is more to it. It still hurts because I sacrificed a lot for him. I don't think I can get through the pain. What else can I do?
You can get through the pain. It will take time, but you will get over it if you focus on yourself. You will have to stop any communication with him and unfriend or block him from your social accounts. Forgive him and remind yourself always that you deserve better. You need to move on. Accept the relationship is over, don't hold any grudge against him and when you feel like wanting to get back to him or you think about him; snap out of it and emphasize to yourself the relationship is over you need to move on. It might be good to send him a text thanking him for everything and wishing him all the best. This will greatly aid in the healing process. You will feel the pain but remember it will not last long. I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup. You might want to check on them.
My boyfriend and I have been dating for a while now. His ex suddenly turned up pregnant and he has been mute for days. What can I do to make our relationship work?
Your boyfriend might be in a confusion state, not knowing which side to lean or he might have decided to side with the ex who is pregnant with his child.
If you pester him with calls and messages it will only infuriate him increasing his dislike of you. Even visiting him might just make him loathe you. You might not know what he is thinking. The best you can do is to send him a text letting him know you love him and want to spend your life and his together. Let him know even in the situation he is in, you still love him. End the text with that you will give him the space he needs because he has decided to remain silent towards you.
Also, you need time to think things through. You should not contact him for some days to give both of you time to reflect on your relationship. If he decides to side with his pregnant ex, there is nothing you can do because he has made up his mind to raise the child together with his mother.
After some time of not contacting him, you will know what next to do - call or text him or continue with no contact or move on with your life.
My boyfriend broke up with me after 9 months together. I begged him to try again and not leave but he said it was because we argue about everything but we don't - we disagree not argue but he can't talk about things. Was I wrong to beg him to stay and bawled my eyes out?
You did the right thing because you loved him and you believed you could solve whatever was ailing the relationship. You knew the root cause of the breakup thus you had knowledge of what could be done to save the relationship.
Begging is a normal reaction but if someone begs continually or for a long time it becomes unhealthy.
Weeping is healthy because it's the body's reaction to an emotional situation. It is a normal thing because it displays physically the pain you feel in your heart.
I feel like killing myself. Should I?
Please, don't kill yourself. Your life is precious, you deserve to live it. Don't let the breakup blind (deceive) you there is no future because you have lost the person you loved.
Consider that even before you met your partner, you were still living and enjoying/appreciating your life. You went through hardships/difficulties until you reached where you are. Life is not always pleasant. There are so many challenges and hurt along the way.
I know the pain is unbearable. You cry you wish, you feel your world has come to an end. The person you loved most is no longer with you. But, don't end your life. Believe me, you can get out of the hurt and enjoy your life. You can get back on your feet and move on.
It will take some time to heal but purpose (be determined) to get over the breakup.
When you have healed and moved on, you will no longer feel the pain and you will have forgotten your ex.
Tell yourself you deserve to live. You have to fulfill your destiny - accomplish your dream and goals. It's hard but try to forgive your ex. Delete your ex's numbers from your phone book and block your ex from your social media accounts. Tear apart your ex's photos and delete them from your phone.
Don't take sleeping pills and don't drink wine or beer. Don't think your life is miserable because it isn't. You can make it. You can overcome the pain.
Talk to your best friend or a closer friend. Let your friend know how you feel and ask your friend to be by your side.
You have come this far, you have lived this far, you have gone through a lot of challenges. Don't let the breakup negate/discourage you not to continue on.
I have been dumped more than three times but I purposed I won't be affected to the point I give up along the way. I felt the pain, the hurt but I worked on ensuring I don't feel the pain anymore. And you can make it like countless of others.
Read this article I wrote how to heal and recover from a breakup. I used these genuine techniques to heal and recover from my previous breakups, and I was able to move on. It is called 'Steps to Healing and Recovery After a Breakup.' Search for it online and I hope it will give you hope that one can get over a breakup and move on.
I hope you stay with us and that you live to fulfill your dreams and goals. You will get a better partner than your ex. When you deal with hurt, you will find there is meaning in your existence.
I was in a relationship for six years, and five months ago he shifted to another city. He has changed. He broke up with me saying that he needs peace. How should I react to it?
Firstly, you have noticed he has changed. Secondly, there must be something that has led to the sudden change. Thirdly, you don't know whether what he is saying is true. However, the change you've noticed is enough to sound the warning bells.
He wants peace the reason he broke up with you. You should give him what he wants. Don't contact him. You'll only be hurting yourself if you intend to try to get him back. It's time to move on. It's the best remedy.
You've been in a relationship for a lengthy period. It might be hard to want to move on. But you've to. You can't trust him with your heart anymore.
After four years of being in the relationship, my girlfriend broke up the relationship because her parents don't want her to get married to someone else. What should I do?
Since her parents influenced her that led to the end of the relationship, it's difficult to get her back. My advice is that you should move on. However, if you want to try your lack you shouldn't contact her for two weeks. At the end of two weeks call her and try to convince her why her parents shouldn't influence her who she should get married to. If she doesn't accept you have to move on with your life. You will find another one.
I have been seeing a guy for 2 months. When I told him I wanted things to be more serious and that we should be official, he basically said he never wanted a relationship in the first place. I don't know what I should do because he has led me on and used me this whole time. What should I do?
It's sad how your boyfriend has used you. You should distance yourself from him by cutting any form of communication with him. Don't call, text or communicate with him online. You should go cold-turkey away. He doesn't deserve you for the way he has treated you. If he tries to communicate with you ignore him. If he persists tell him you want time alone to settle your mind. After not contacting him, in your case, for two weeks send him a text you're moving on with your life. Let him know you loved him but he used you and took your love for granted. He should have told you that he doesn't want to be in a relationship. Thank him for everything including using you.
Don't get back at him. Move on with your life. It is hurting but by not communicating with him for 2 weeks you will allow the healing process to begin which will enable you to gain the strength to move on. During this period don't engage in thinking about him and the good things you shared. Act as if you have never known that person.
What do I do when my ex starts smoking?
You should approach the subject in a polite manner. Let him know you don't like the fact he is smoking or let him know how you feel about it. If he begins objecting, don't engage in a fight or in arguing about it. Just let him know as a matter of fact. If he continues smoking, let him know if he continues to smoke you'll get out of the relationship. If he doesn't call the shots - get out of the relationship.
My girlfriend broke up with me 5 days ago. We had our problems, with communication and it would be hard to get reassurance from her. But when she ended things I was a bit dramatic. I didn’t want her to go, and I still want her in my life. What do I do?
You should not contact her for a minimum of two weeks. After that, contact her by calling or sending a text. As for now, you have to let her calm because how you reacted when she broke up with you might be affecting her negatively. Let her cool and recollect herself then you can try your luck by contacting her.
My boyfriend broke up with me over text out of the blue; he said he suddenly didn't feel the same. It hurt me but I was calm and emotionless, and it started to freak him out. I told him I was fine and that everything is okay. He thinks I might be depressed and suicidal. Should I have shown more emotion?
No. That was just fine and enough. He thinks you might be depressed and suicidal because it is a characteristic experienced by a minority of people who are depressed or thinking about suicide. You just carry the same attitude that it does not matter, you will still find your feet to move on. Your ex never expected your reaction which is the reason for his comment. Don't show more emotion. It might be good to tell him that it hurts but you will move on, and don't forget to thank him for everything.
We dated for 5 months but he was too busy with his work, then he ended things because of our constant arguments. He said that he will date again when he finds a proper job. What can I do?
I find it hard to believe he will date you again once he gets a proper job. When will he get the proper job? Will you wait for three years so that he begins dating you again? That's being undervalued and degraded.
I believe the constant argument was about his being busy at work leaving little room for love to blossom.
I can't tell you, "When I get a good job, I will date you again." It's an insult. Move on. Forget about him. Don't contact him.
You may send him a final text. Let him know you appreciate the time you spent together, and if it's true what he said, time will tell.
If he ever contacts you in the future, examine him carefully so that you don't end in the same pit again.
I can’t seem to let go after being broken up with. We both live in the same apartment, and our lease ends in about seven months. What should I do?
You have to let go. You have to move. It's the only way of initiating the healing process and ensuring recovery so you can move on. When you keep on clinging to him, you're self-destructing yourself. You'll become depressed and develop low self-esteem. You'll not live your life, and you'll arrive at a point you'll decide to end your life.
Leave him at that place. Go and stay with your friend or family member for some time. It will assist you a lot in finding the strength to move on.
Listen to your tears. They're tears of pain, of wanting to move on but not heading their plea. It's a hard decision, but it's for your own best. Tell him you're moving out. Don't carry all the things. Carry the most important ones. Thank him for everything and wish him the best.
A few weeks before the lease ends, go with your friend or family member and take your things. By the time you return to take your things, you'll have already healed and moved on with your life.
When you move out, don't call or text him in any way. You should cease any form of contact. Only greetings and talk if necessity requires it, e.g., you work in the same place.
My boyfriend broke up with me because he is jealous when I talk to other boys. What should I do?
Don't contact your boyfriend for a week or so to give him time to cool down. During this period also consider whether you will continue in the relationship with him. Since he feels jealous when you talk to other boys, would you want to continue in the relationship with him and stop talking to other boys? Of course it cannot work that way.
After a period of no contact, when you have reflected on the above, you will have come to an answer on what to do next. It might be you want to continue in the relationship, contact him and tell him to stop being jealous, or move on. If you decide to continue in the relationship, you need to sit down with him and talk about the jealousy issue. Remember it will affect you negatively and the relationship if it exists negatively in the relationship.
I was in a one-year relationship. His parents, as well as mine, knew it, but he broke up with me. I still miss him and stalk his account and talk to his family. What should I do?
While I may not know the reason why he broke up with you, you have to stop stalking him. You are only hurting yourself the more and don't want to acknowledge the relationship no longer exists. You will have to stop contacting his parents for the time being until you have recovered from the breakup and moved on.
Unfriend him from your Facebook account, if it is the case, and store away his number if you have been chatting on Whatsapp. You should employ no contact rule for a month so you can think clearly and reflect on the relationship. Again, it will aid you in the healing process, recovering and moving on. At the end of one month, you will know what to do, but it is better you do not get back at him. You have to move on with your life. The most important thing is to stop any contact and stalking so you can find your feet to move on.
However, if the breakup was a result of a minor issue, you can contact him and mend things after ending no contact after a month. But be prepared if the response will be negative. You will have to accept and move on.
I was in a relationship for two months. He was the one who approached first and eventually I agreed. It was my first relationship and I was his 4th girlfriend. Things were going well but he used to get angry for small things. We had a fight. We didn't speak for a week. Later, when I tried to talk to him he ended up insulting me, calling me desperate. What should I do?
You should not contact him any more. I suggest you move on though I know you love him. But, if he can insult you and call you desperate then it won't be a good thing to reunite with him. This is in addition to him getting mad for small things. If he can't deal maturely with the small things that crop in the relationship, then the relationship will always be faced with unending fights and unresolved issues.
It hurts since it's your first relationship but you can make it. It will take time to heal and recover bit purpose to move on. Forgive him. Don't entertain negative emotions such as anger and hatred.
I was in a relationship with my boyfriend for 2.5 years. Recently we broke up over communication issues where we had problems understanding each other. We are traveling in 1 week and he feels that we should travel as friends and start knowing each other over as friends as we rushed into the relationship initially. I am quite confused as to if he is interested to work this out. Is he?
You can't go back to being friends even if you rushed into the relationship. You are already in relationship, therefore, you should sit down to solve the issues that are destabilizing the relationship.
Even when people break up, they are advised not to become platonic friends.
There are two things related to your issue: either the two of you sit down to solve the issues or break up without becoming close friends. In this case, you should be casual friends.
I don't think your ex is interested in sitting down with you to solve the issue.
My boyfriend and I broke up due to religion. He converted to our religion but he did not like our beliefs. And now he broke up with me because he couldn't take it any further and just left me alone. It sucks. I am devastated. He keeps telling me he loves me but religion can't compare his love for me that's why he's letting me go. It hurts as I thought we had a good future together and now it's all crushed dreams. What do I do now that he's broken up with me?
Individuals who profess a certain religious belief always put religion ahead of everything as voiced in the holy books. Thus, it is difficult for a relationship to continue existing when both partners hold different beliefs. The relationship or marriage will be faced with religious issues to the extent of affecting the children. Thus, it is proper for one partner to convert his/her religious beliefs to the beliefs of his/her significant other.
In your case, it is difficult for your relationship to survive as he has made it clear he doesn't like the religion you profess. The step you can undertake now is to exercise No Contact Rule. I have written an article on that topic. This is where you cease any contact with your boyfriend unless you cannot avoid it. This is to aid you in lessening the pain you feel in your heart, to enable you to reflect in your already failed relationship and to get hold of yourself. You decide how long you should not contact him but a month is good. At the end of the no-contact period, you have to let him know, as he has already told you, that the relationship between the two of you can't continue because he does not want to convert to yours and you don't want to convert to his. It's hard a decision or step to undertake but it's the only plausible one.
The girl I've been seeing for about 2 months just texted me saying she's ending things with me cause she thought I was 21 which showed on my dating app. She thinks I lied to her. I tried explaining that I had completely forgotten the age I had indicated there. She said it's over. What do I do about my ex thinking I lied to her? I am really anxious because we connected so well.
It will be very difficult to get her back because she thinks you lied about your age so as to seduce her or others. You can try but I don't think she will believe you about it. People don't like being taken advantage of or being lied to. Even if it was accidental, it is difficult for someone to believe you. I suggest you don't contact her for a few days. Afterward, contact her and try your best (in a calm voice to explain). If she still insists (or doesn't answer or reply to your text) she doesn't want anything to do with you, you will have to accept it's over.
She told me to decide on my perception. What should I do?
You should ask her to give you some time to respond to her request. It might include not contacting her for several days to give you time to decide on which answer to give her. I do not know why she asked you this but you should not respond too quickly.
My relationship ended because he is three years younger than me and has not had his friend/partying/live life period yet. We are not friends but we still do care about each other and respect each other. None of us believe that couples who break up can get back together again, but in our situation, we both hope for that and have told each other that. Is it best to cut off completely, or to have low-frequency respectful contact from now?
It is best you don't contact each other until each one of you has healed and recovered from the breakup/divorce and has moved on. Until then, you have to cease any contact with him. When you keep in contact, you'll be reminded of the relationship, will wish the relationship shouldn't have broken up, you'll be thinking about him and in the process the thoughts and the longing will further deepen the wound that hasn't healed.
Hi. I was in contact with this guy for about four months. We were not officially dating. He was hot and cold. Now, suddenly, he has blocked me without any closure. What could be the possible reason?
There are two possible reasons: he no longer has feelings for you or he doesn't want to talk to you for some time. The first reason seems to be the most probable reason he has blocked you. It might also be he is seeing another lady. It's hard to know but as indicated above, in most cases is that it's a form of a breakup. Some people end the relationship by blocking their partner from getting access to them.
If there is something you did wrong, it might also be a reason. However, this is hardly the case.
She broke up with me after 9 months of dating. We were preparing for marriage but yesterday she told she doesn’t love me. She told me in the 9 months we have been dating, she has struggled to love me. What I don’t understand is, in the first 6 months, her behaviour and her words were I love you. Now she doesn’t. What should I do?
It seems your girlfriend was pretending she loved you for the six months which is a common phenomenon. It might be she loved but was either forcing herself or her feelings for you began fading.
You should arrange a day (after not contacting her for a few days) to talk through the issue. If she agrees and maintains her stance, you'll have to accept it. If she doesn't respond to meeting each other, wait for another few days before contacting her. Later, ask her to meet and talk. If she still refuses, it's time to move on.
However, it's evident something might have led her to no longer have feelings for you or she never loved you from the beginning.
I would suggest you accept the fact and move on with your life. It's difficult but you can make it.
I was engaged in a 5-year affair with someone, and one year ago we both left our partners to be together. It has been a wonderful year together, (we knew each other from grade school, we were 11). Last week he broke up with me saying he shouldn't have rushed right back into a relationship! I have not contacted him and was very mature when he broke up with me, we are both close to 60. Is there hope for us?
I don't think there is any hope of reuniting again. The reason mostly lies on your ex. He claimed that he shouldn't have rushed back into the relationship. Maybe the flame he felt for you was quickly diminished. He wished to go back to his former ex.
You did handle the breakup maturely. Now, you will have to move on with your life.
Even if you get together, the relationship might lead to another breakup. This is because your ex had regretted rushing back to the relationship.
It will also be difficult to get back with your ex before you broke up to be with your childhood sweetheart.
My ex told me that he trusted me but just recently he broke up with me. His reason was he didn't trust me anymore and that he didn't want to be in a relationship. He was tired of worrying if I was talking to other people even when I wasn't. What should I do?
Your boyfriend is insecure. This is when a person assumes their other significant ones are having an external relationship when it isn't the case.
Since he broke up with you, the best option is to contact him. I would prefer text over the call. Let him know how you were faithful to the relationship. Let him know how much you love him and how much he has hurt you for something you didn't do.
Ask him to reconsider his decision/the relationship once again. To give the relationship another chance because what he had said about isn't true.
If he doesn't respond for a few days or responds negatively, exercise no contact rule.
Don't contact him because it won't be worthy to do so. Even if you reunite but still he distrusts you, the relationship will break up again. He had to gain your respect. You can't force it to him but you can show him through your words that you were never unfaithful. It's up to him to believe you or not. You can't insist too much.
After a month of silence, contact him if you still want to try. If he is still adamant not to get back with you, it's time to move on.
During the no contact, reflect whether you would like to get back with your ex. When you determine that you want to get back with him, don't be depressed when he refuses. It's an indication you need to move on.
My boyfriend broke up with me saying that he was confused and also wants to concentrate on his exam, that he will come back after the exam. What should I do?
Your boyfriend is confused. He's confused about the relationship. Again your relationship, as he sees it, is affecting his studies. Thus, he feels he'll fail in his exams if he continues it for the time being. After he completes the exam, he will come back.
You don't have to end a relationship because of an upcoming exam. He should have asked in a kind way if you shouldn't chat frequently for some time or take the relationship slowly so that he can study for his exams. Or, you might have worked out on what to do so that the relationship doesn't affect his sitting for the exams.
He was confused. If someone is confused about a relationship, it's better not to continue in the relationship. It simply means he doesn't know whether he should be in it or out. Who knows? After the exam, you might not hear from you.
Since you are partners, he should have asked for your advice. Then, the two of you would have come up with how to go about the exams and his confusion about the relationship.
You should accept his decision. You should move on with your life. Let him know you won't object to it because that's what he wants and you can't force him. But, it hurts that he can end the relationship because of exams and that he's confused about the relationship. You will move on and if you were meant to be together, it will be known by then. Wish him all the best in his exams.
It's time you move on.
I’ve been in a 10-year relationship and out of the blues my boyfriend broke it off stating that he wants me to marry someone else because he can’t offer me marriage. I’m a bit perplexed because he himself wanted our union from the onset. I took a lot of everything from him and now he’s gone happy like I never existed. I think I’m a bad person...am I a bad person?
You have been in the relationship for 10 years. That is a lengthy period of time you've had the relationship with your ex. You were happily looking forward to when you would get married to your ex. But, out of the blue, he ends the relationship. He says that you're better off married to another man.
This doesn't make you bad. You're not bad. It might be there were some things in the relationship that might have led your ex to break up with you. However, no one is perfect. Even your ex is to be blamed for the demise of the relationship.
In fact, your ex is the one accountable for the breakup and hurting you. Why did he wait all those years to end the relationship when you strongly emotionally bonded to him?
Don't blame yourself. Don't blame your ex. Admit the relationship is over. If there are things in your life that need to be changed, it's better you do so.
Remember, a person isn't bad because of their weaknesses. A person is bad if they don't change their negative behaviours/attitudes. A person is bad if they are unfaithful, lack respect and doesn't care. The person doesn't want to change or admit they are wrong.
You have stayed in the relationship for long and were looking forward to getting married. This doesn't make you bad. It has made you a victim.
What to do? Don't contact your ex. It's time to allow the healing process to begin. It's time to move on. You have to move on.
I was with my girlfriend for 3 months and everything seemed to be going well. We chatted often on the phone and saw each other regularly. In the last few weeks she seemed to become more distant and then she broke up with me by a text message and never replied back to my message and then blocked me on everything. What's the best way to move on as I'm hurt that she would do that to me as everything seemed fine. Should I try to contact her?
There are people who end their relationships in a cold turkey manner. They don't tell their significant other they don't want to continue in the relationship. There might be other reasons that might lead her to break up with you without providing the reason why she arrived at that decision. Did you do something that might have lead her to react in that manner? Maybe she found another person.
Why not send her a text expressing your feelings - how you feel about the situation. Let her know since she has blocked you and doesn't reply to your texts, you won't bother her. She has made a decision, you're will respect it. You wish her all the best and thank her for the time you spent together. You're hurt by her decision whereby she hasn't even given you a reason for ending the relationship. You won't bother her anymore. Though you're hurt, you will try your level best to move on. It will be difficult but there is nothing more you can do.
It's best you move on. Don't try to get her back until she feels the need to do.
I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup. You can search it on any search engine e.g. Google or on this site. It's called 'Steps to Healing and Recovery after a Breakup.'
What does it mean when your boyfriend tells you that he needs to see you and the news is good for him and also bad?
It might be a number of things related to the relationship. You should be open and brave yourself if the news is not good to you.
I don't think he wants to end the relationship but it is obvious the bad news will affect your relationship e.g. if he has gotten a job in another country or state.
It's my second year of dating but he keeps breaking up and getting back after I plead, I think have tried all this. What should I do?
I don't think you should continue with this relationship. It is a toxic (unhealthy) relationship.
It appears you're the one who cares about the relationship. He is the one who is calling the shots when things don't go well in the relationship. It is until you plead that's when he accepts the relationship to move on.
What you might not realize is that you're hurting yourself. In the process, your 'heart' is breaking little by little. It will reach a point you will be adversely affected psychologically which will affect your physical wellbeing when he breaks up with you or things turn out ugly in the relationship.
Again, the frequent breakups cast doubt on the success of a marriage. A divorce or separation is inevitable because when things went wrong in the relationship, your boyfriend opted to end it.
You will have to sit down and reflect on the relationship. Do you want to continue on in that kind of relationship even though you love him? Isn't it possible to move on? Isn't there a possibility you will fall in love once again after the breakup?
My boyfriend broke up with me because of distance. I decided to move with him. He said he can't live with a woman he's not yet married to. I think he's just really tired but I love him. Can I do anything? I am confused.
He broke up with you because of distance. You made up for it by moving to his place. He came up with another reason for a further breakup - he can't live with a woman he is not married to. The last reason is understandable but it is not intentionally meant. It is obvious he wants to get rid of you from his life. He doesn't want to be in relationship with you.
You are hurt and confused. You feel betrayed and rejected. What should you do? As easy as it is to say it but difficult to do, you have to move out of his place.
You'll have to accept his decision. No matter how you plead, it will be of no benefit of staying in the relationship because he no longer has feelings for you (even if he accepts for a reunion, it will not last for long).
If you're still at his place, arrange to talk with him. Let him know you've thought on the reasons he gave you. You've accepted his decision and won't bother him again. Even though you're hurt, feel betrayed and rejected; you'll move on. Wish him all the best. Pack your things and move out of his place.
Don't contact him in whatsoever manner. You've to work out on healing and recovering from the breakup. I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup: Steps to Healing and Recovering from a Breakup.
My boyfriend broke up with me because I'm whimsical. What should I do?
That is not a justifiable reason to break up with you. Since he dumped you for no 'good' reason, you should not bother to try to get him back.
I know you're hurt but you will get over it in time. I don't see how being whimsy can be the reason for him to end the relationship.
It might be a good idea to send him a text apologizing that being whimsy led him to end the relationship. Wish him all the best and work on ensuring you heal and recover from the breakup so that you can be able to move on.
I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup: Steps to Heal and Recover from a Breakup.
She is lying to me again and again because her ex's boyfriend is her cousin's brother. So what should I do now?
Despite the description you've provided, you should stop contacting her. It is unfair that she has to keep on lying to you because of that. It is unhealthy and you will always get hurt because of her unfaithfulness.
She has to make up her mind who she loves or wants to stick with; not standing with her one feet stepping on you and the other feet on her ex.
Initiate no contact and make the decision to move on with your life. You can decide to stop contacting her or end the relationship. The lies have become too much to tolerate and I don't think your relationship will survive to the end. Better move on with your life.
My boyfriend said he had a dream and that we are not meant for ourselves so we should break up, what should I do?
It is evident your boyfriend wants to break up with you.
You should request him to give you two weeks to think about it. In this period, don't contact him in any way. Ask him not to contact you during that period.
This is to allow you to prepare for the breakup so that when the breakup happens, you'll act positively which will enable you to heal and recover quickly from the breakup.
You shouldn't beg him not to break up with you. This is because once a person has decided to break up with you, even if you insist and he remains in the relationship, the relationship will be faced with problems that will result in a breakup.
After the two-weeks period, contact him and tell him that you're ready to break up.
For a person to say he has dreamt it, it is a sure sign he wants to get out of the relationship. Don't force him to stay in the relationship.
My boyfriend of one-year broke up with me. During the breakup, I asked him to give us one more chance and told him we couldn’t break up. I ended up emotionally talking about all the good experiences and thanking him. I have come to peace with his decision. How long should I wait for contact to return his stuff?
It would be better to contact him to pick up his stuff, a week or two weeks after the breakup. This will save you from breaking down when he comes to pick up his stuff several weeks after the breakup or waiting anxiously for his call.
If you intend to wait till he comes to collect his stuff, you should store them in a location in your room so as not to remind you of the failed relationship or to make you long for him.
You reacted positively to the breakup however hurting it was. This will place you at a good position of healing and recovering quickly from the breakup.
I was expecting very small things from him like chocolates and small surprises. I told him this many times but he always ignored it. One day out of anger I said so many things to him and I said we should break up. Later on, I was so angry on him for the next few days but in that period he decided to move on. And his marriage got fixed within 8 days of our breakup.When I went back to him to say sorry, I got to know about his marriage thing. I am really broken down now. Is it right?
It is healthy that you broke down and you still feel that way. It is natural. You shouldn't prevent yourself from feeling the pain since it's the body letting you know that it has been psychologically wounded. However, don't let the pain the hurtful emotions - anger, bitterness and hatred continue for long. Two weeks is alright. Beyond that, they will affect you negatively both physically and mentally.
It is painful but the breakup enabled you to know that the man was married and he had fixed his marriage issue with his wife.
You will need to move on with your life and try to forget the guy or think about him or the need to try to get him back.
Search for this article on internet: Steps to Healing and Recovering from Breakup. It will guide you how to heal from the pain as a result of the breakup and what you find out, and how to recover so you can move on.
My boyfriend of five and a half years and I have decided to split. He wants to grow with me, but he says my actions don't show that. I have been in therapy for over a year. He complains about everything (from raising my daughter to lack of respect for him). He'll be moving out in about a month. How do I behave or react while we are still in the same living quarters?
You should try to be the best you can be while still together. Behave as if there will be no splitting. Do not try to force to be the best. Just be you. Do the little things that matter. Respect him. Respect yourself. I believe the therapy has helped you in several ways. Do not try to argue if an issue is raised up. Find a good way of discussing the issue. Try to show you care for him through the actions. Try to be the best mother for your daughter. Show her you love her. I believe there is something that is affecting you the reason you sought therapy.
You have to begin loving and respecting yourself. Consider yourself a good wife and mother. Wherein you have made a mistake ask for forgiveness. If you want to raise an issue, ensure it doesn't turn to a fight. Back away from it or don't act negatively. Maybe if your boyfriend also tried to see from your viewpoint it would have helped, why not tell him when he hurts you? Why not tell him how it is like in your side of life? But, please love and respect yourself. If you do so, you will extend the same to your boyfriend and daughter. It is the first step in getting over what is ailing you. Let him know you through your actions you are trying to be the best you can be. Above all, do not neglect or ignore yourself. It will matter a lot how you will treat your loved ones and friends.
My girlfriend broke up with me while we were in a long distance relationship. Is it okay if I ask her to meet me for the last time? Or it will just make things complicated?
It depends on your lady, though it is not advisable. It might get complicated, or she might see you are needy or desperate. Even though there is no harm, if you ask her it is better you do so through text. However, do not show you are desperate or needy. Let it show through your text if she does not accept your request you will accept her response. If you decide to ask her, don't respond negatively if she doesn't accept your proposal. Just accept it.
How do you get over your ex when you see him every other day at work?
It requires determination and discipline that you'll not break down, you'll not entertain thoughts about your ex and you'll do everything to heal and recover from the breakup.
You'll need to put a brave face when you greet each other or work together on a certain project or task. Tell yourself over and over he is not your boyfriend thus you don't need to become emotional or wish you're still in love with him.
Don't pretend you're doing fine. Act like you're doing fine.
Whenever the thoughts about pop up in your mind, snap out of the thoughts and tell yourself you are not supposed to think about him. Avoid 'stealing' glances at him.
Don't talk much. Only greetings and talk about work. Refuse any offer he has for you like a cup of coffee but do so politely.
It will be an uphill task but it is possible to heal and recover from the breakup and move on.
I have written an article on how to heal and recover from a breakup. You might want to check it out: Steps to Healing and Recovering from a Breakup.
My boyfriend of 2.5 years just decided to break up with me. We have also been friends for 23 years so it’s not an easy situation. During the break up he was shouting mean things being verbally abusive. What should I do? I still love him.
Exercise no contact rule. Don't contact him for a period of time. It will aid in reducing the tension, help in settling the mind and reflecting on the relationship. By the end of no contact, you should have known whether you want to continue with him or move on.
But to reach a point where he verbally abuses him, I wouldn't recommend you continue in the relationship with him. This is a case of a man soothing his ego. It is evident if you reunite another breakup is bound to happen if he doesn't correct his attitude.
During the no-contact period reflect on the relationship. After ending the NC rule you should have known which road to head to - go back or move on. Think carefully.
My boyfriend of almost 3 years just broke up with me 4 days ago. It really hurts me. What should I do?
Don't beg him. If you have pleaded with him to give you another chance or reconsider his decision but he hasn't bowed to it, don't beg again. Not only will it aggravate the situation, it will erode your self-esteem and dignity.
You don't want to fall into pieces never to heal and recover from the breakup. You don't want to lead a life of misery, a person who has no hope for the future and helpless to move on with her life.
It's possible to mend relationships that have failed. However, knowing which failed relationship will work out again is difficult. There are some factors that can make a failed relationship to never work out again.
An healthy mental step you can take is not to contact him for one month. It will be difficult of the pain you feel but it's a step that will assist you in not falling in a pit of despair.
The two weeks will enable you to think about the failed relationship, where it went wrong, what could have been done to save the relationship, and what to do if there is no hope of ever reuniting with your ex.
Some failed relationships don't work out again because the partners didn't take time to heal and recover from the breakup. This is especially the case with relationships that ended on a sour note.
Before you employ the no contact rule, exercise limited contact. In this case, you don't contact your ex for a week. After not contacting your ex for a week, call or text him. Don't be desperate. Let him know if there is anything you did wrong, you ask for forgiveness. If there is any way to amend the failed relationship, you're ready to do it. If he doesn't agree or insists he doesn't want to get back with you, employ the no contact rule. Remember, during the one week of not contacting him, arm your mind with the knowledge things might turn out better or not. If they don't turn out better, you will not fall into pieces. You will accept his decision and move on with no contact rule.
You can read the following articles I wrote to know more about no contact rule and how to heal and recover from a breakup:
1. What Are The Rules and Benefits of No Contact Rule After a Breakup?
2. Steps to Healing and Recovery from the Breakup
My girlfriend broke up with me as she said she can't keep up with her mental state. That makes her unable to give me the attention and love I deserved. I really love her a lot and I don't know what to do to get her back. She also mentioned that she doesn't want to lose our friendship. What should I do?
The best you can do is give her the time and space that she needs. You should let her know how much you love her, and you'll be waiting patiently for her.
Don't force her to reconcile because she's not mentally prepared to continue with the relationship.
After a period of no contact, contact her to know her wellbeing. Then, a few days later contact her to know how she's doing and how you can help her. From the second contact after the no contact rule, you'll know whether to try to win her back or not.
She ended our 10 years plus relationship. It has been difficult for me to really move on as I have never been able to go no contact for 3 successful days. This is her third time of breaking up with me. I don't know what to do again about myself. How can I change my personal view about her?
The lost time that you could have probably found another woman, the despair that for a third time the relationship didn't stabilize to the end, not having enough mental strength to stop contacting her because of how much emotionally bonded you were (and are) to her will make you have a not-so-good personal view of her. Not forgetting the hurt from the breakups and the lost time trying to work out on a relationship that has sadly come to an end, once again.
You can change your personal view about her by first of all analyzing yours, especially the negative side. Some things about you might have resulted to the frequent breakups or affected the relationship one way or another.
Another thing is to remember that humans are different, and you can't change them. You might have struggled to change her attitudes or behaviours without any success. Unless a person desires or asks for help to change certain behaviours, it will be fruitless to force them or work on changing them. The best is to let them know about it and how they can change their untoward behaviour. Also, you can ask them if they want to work on their negative behaviour, they can ask for assistance.
Remember the good side of the relationship. Even the most evil people have a positivity side about them. There are things about her that made you like and love about her. People who have undergone several breakups with different people will say there are good aspects they found in their different partners.
Choose to forgive her. This will loosen all the negative thoughts you have about her including hatred and bitterness. This will assist you appreciate human's weakness and that man always err even when they don't want to admit is the case.
Try not to contact her for two weeks if a month is difficult to exercise the rule. You should inform her that you don't want to contact her to reflect on several things, and stabilize your mental state including allowing the healing process to commence so that you don't fall into pieces; never to recover from the breakup.
It is evident your relationship with your ex will never work out although in some circumstances it's possible. The uncertainty is whether it will work on yours or not. You might try and it works out or not.
It's time to work on yourself. If you succeed to exercise the rule in two weeks, you should continue it for a month until you've healed from the breakup. When you've healed you'll have a clear perspective of the relationship - give it up or try once time.
It's not advisable to get back with your ex. The best you can is to thank her after completing no contact for a period of one month or more. And also, provide her an insight about her and which places she needs to improve so that she doesn't end in another breakup when she engages in another relationship.
We dated for almost 3 years and 4 days ago he broke up with me out of a political and racism argument. He always breaks up with me whenever he can’t stand the arguments and confrontations, so we are usually in an on and off rollercoaster. I still had packages sent over to his condo before the breakup. How should I act upon picking it up?
The lack of responding to an argument or confrontation in a mature manner in a relationship means the relationship will never stabilize. Arguments are part of the relationship and there are occasions to disagree because we are all different with different opinions. What matters is not whether we disagree but how we can approach a subject we don't agree upon.
This means there would be no point of getting back together if he can't keep up with an argument or relationship in a mature manner, instead preferring to break up with you.
You should act as if you barely know each other. This doesn't mean you ignore him or somehow talk rudely or treat him like he doesn't care.
You should treat him like someone you started knowing the previous week, signifying you don't know much about the person.
You might inform him you want to come for your packages, or if your prefer, go unnoticed. In this last instance, you know he'll be present at the time you're going to his place.
After knocking the door or pressing the bell and him opening the door, with a smile (though you're hurting, try to do so naturally) greet him, "Hi."
To avoid any form of uneasiness, ask how he's doing. After he has responded, let him know you're doing well.
Use polite language when asking for your package.
You: How are you doing?
Him: I'm doing good. (He might stammer). How about you?
You: I'm also doing good (or any answer close to that showing that you're working on moving on).
You: Uhmm...sorry to disturb you but is it possible to hand over to me the packages that belong to me?" (Or, "I have come to collect my packages. Please, is it possible to hand them over to me?"). You can use your own words whereby you ask politely for your things.
Don't show a face that is registered with rage or dissapointment or any other that shows you've come for your things and you don't care about him.
Don't linger for any conversation or to talk about the failed relationship. Decline politely. Let him know, if he asks, you need time to be on your own. You will respond to him once you've come through the breakup.
When he has handed over to you the package, say, smiling, "Thanks. I have to go now."
Being polite acts as an insulator or shields you from anger and hatred that can erupt from seeing him. Also, from not feeling pain at its highest level from seeing him.
Don't accept to enter in. Anything might happen inside there. Ask him to bring them on the outside.
I was in a relationship for 19 months. My partner is retired but I'm still working. I also have a teenager who has a physical disability. We all vacationed together and he was always present in our home. After not coming for 8 days he told me that he has been feeling out of place and needed a break. He asked me to pack his clothing and he will come pick them up later. Should I let him say goodbye to my daughter?
Your daughter needs to know why he will no longer be present or why he is no longer seeing him. The first step you should take is to let her know that you are no longer in a relationship with him. She will ask for the reason which you should provide to save her from thinking that her disability contributed to him leaving the two of you.
You will need to prepare your daughter psychologically for what you will tell her and being careful in the choice of words you use. She shouldn't think that her situation led to him leaving the two of you.
Should let him say goodbye to your daughter? Yes. The reason is to provide your daughter with peace of mind that her situation haft nothing to do with him leaving you.
You will have to talk with him on how to approach the subject to your daughter. After you have agreed, be the first one to let her know.
If he doesn't say goodbye to her, you will have to provide your daughter with a lot of convincing that her situation didn't lead to him leaving you.
I've been with my boyfriend for almost five years. I’m pregnant. I did everything for him whatever he needed. We were just fine until 3 weeks ago; he left me for another woman. What should I do?
In the situation you're in you need to remind him he has to own up in taking care of the pregnancy, that is, provide for you and the unborn child. It is evident he no longer has any feelings for you despite having done everything for him. He has used you all this time, and now since you're pregnant he has run away from the relationship.
If you're trying to get him back, it isn't wise. Even if he returns his heart won't be in the relationship.
I suggest you let him know he has to provide for your needs in the stage you're in and throughout the child's life. If you feel right with this idea, you can take the case to court if he refuses to own up to it. It is your right and that of the child.
I was in a relationship with a guy for 5 months. He broke up with me 3 days ago because he didn't like how I wore short clothes especially those with deep neck showing cleavage. I'm sad and have been crying for the past three days. What should I do? After ending the relationship, he hasn't called or texted me back. Please, tell me what I should do.
It is sad your ex broke up with you because of your mode of wearing clothes. At least, he should have sat down and discussed the issue with you. Both of you would have come into an agreeable conclusion.
I know it hurts you especially the reason behind the break up. Furthermore, he hasn't called you.
From your brief description about the relationship and the break up, it is evident your ex carries out extreme decisions involving the relationship without involving you in the decision-making.
You haven't been long in the relationship but it's obvious how much you love your ex.
My advice: Don't contact your ex either through text or cal. You should take your time to heal from the breakup. Also, this is a time to reflect about the failed relationship, both on the positive and negative side. It's a time to regain mental strength. You should not contact him for about 2 weeks. It will be difficult but it's an effective means of remaining sane.
You shouldn't beg or plead with him. It will make things worse.
Cry as much as you can when you are alone but also remember you can heal and recover from the break up and move on with your life.
During the two weeks of reflection and allowing yourself to heal from the breakup, you will have made your decision - move on with your life or try to get your ex back.
If your decision is to get back with your ex, you'll have to wear the clothes in the manner he wants.
Again, try to find out during the no contact period whether that was the 'real' reason he broke up with you. It might be it was a cover up to the real reason of breaking up with you.
I have written an article about no contact rule called, 'What Are the Rules and Benefits of No Contact Rule After a Breakup?'
Can a partner throw me out onto the street even if I'm not working due to medical issues?
There is the possibility he might throw you out if you're not working and due to medical issues.
You should try to find a solution to avoid the situation from occurring. If he is adamant that he will throw you out, don't stick there. Things might get worse. It's better to contact your closest friend(s) or family members who will give you shelter and help you in healing and recovering from what you're ailing at.
If the man loves you, and understands the reason you're not working and because of your medical issues; there is no need in staying in the relationship unless you're married.
If you're married, you should seek legal counsel. If you aren't and have stayed for long in the relationship, you're entitled to share in the family's belongings.
Before you arrive at this critical decision, try talking with him about the issue. Involve others if he doesn't want to hear anything from you or to arrive at a desirable decision.
We both want to break up but he seems to have beaten me to it, what do I say?
Since you want also to break up with him, you can say:
"It will be difficult to accept the fact you'll not be together and the possibility of having a family. I accept your decision as hard as it is since it is best for both of us. It will save us a lot and of heartache in the future as evidenced by this breakup. I will miss you but I can't deny I enjoyed my time with you.
I still miss my ex. It's been 4 months we haven't spoken. We were in a three month relationship. I got too attached as he was my first boyfriend. He told me that he doesnt give a f** about me. Though I pretend I don't care I still miss him. What should I do to forget him?
You have to stop missing him and to do that you have to accept you're no longer in relationship with him. Until you accept the relationship doesn't exist, you won't overcome the feelings of longing for your ex.
Delete his numbers from phone contact list, block/unfriend him from you social media accounts and store away/tear his pictures.
Whenever you think about him, snap out of the feelings. Tell yourself you have to stop thinking about him because he is no longer in your life.
Determine to move on. Tell yourself you have to move on.
Enjoy the things you like and during the times you're alone in your room or on the bed, chat with your friends or watch videos. Don't listen to love songs and don't watch romantic movies nor read romantic novels.
I'm terrified and almost physically nauseous thinking about my boyfriend breaking up with me (it's going to happen today). We've been together for 5 years. I'm attempting to breathe and calm down yet I'm really panicking! I've already put it off and tried to avoid him to give myself time and delay the inevitable, yet I can't do that any longer. How do I calm down when I start to disassociate and bawl any time I see him? I can't face him like this.
You can't delay the inevitable any further. It's time to accept it is about to happen. From your description, you have admitted the relationship is about to end. This is the first step in acting positively during the breakup.
Breathe in and out several times as a way of calming yourself. Tell yourself and believe so that you won't act negatively. You will cry but you won't raise your voice.
When you see him, reinforce the thought "You have to stand strong. You have to accept it. You have to respond positively. It's for your own good."
It's better you cry letting tears have their way. This will lessen the negative emotions that might explode.
You might want to look down. When you look at his face, you will let down your guard to exercise self-control. You can look down nodding your head in agreement. You can say, "Yes, I understand." And, don't talk about anything else. A day after he leaves you can text him. You can let him know you didn't talk much because you didn't want to act negatively. You will let him know you have accepted it. Thank him for everything.
My relationship was of 7 years. My boyfriend is confused about one girl that he met 3 years ago. Now, he wants to break up and date her to clear his head but he says he still loves me a lot. I have to study 10 hours a day but I can't manage that without talking to him. Should I still talk to him or wait for him to come back?
You have to stop talking to him. You love him very much. Your feelings for him are intact. However, his feelings for you are not intact. It doesn't matter if he loves you. What matters is how he feels about you. His feelings for you are no longer the same.
You should allow the breakup to take its course. You are hurting yourself by remaining in the relationship.
You should stop talking to him. It is difficult but you will have to discipline yourself not to talk to him. The more you talk to him the more you are hurt. He made his decision, you have to make your decision. He has a decision to make: remain in your camp or leave for good.
Even if he remains in the relationship, it will serve the relationship no good. This is because of the feelings he has for the girl.
You have been in the relationship for a lengthy time. You can't afford to waste more time waiting for him or trying to get him back. You should move on with your life.
Remember, you have a life to live. It will be difficult to move on and your studies will be affected by the breakup. However in time, you will have receovered from the breakup.
Don't be in a relationship with a man whose feelings aren't intact or whose feelings are wavering. Why? This is because in the end, the man will dump you and join the other camp.
I dated for 7 years. He is confused about a girl he met 3 years ago. He wants to break up and date her to clear his head but he says he still loves me. Should I still talk to him or wait for him to come back?
You should neither talk to him nor wait for him to come back. You have been in the relationship for a lengthy period of time.
One thing that is evident is that for the past 3 years, he has been thinking a lot of the girl. This means his feelings for you were not the same before he met the girl. It simply means the feelings he has for the other girl has overshadowed the feelings he has for you.
You should accept the two of you to break up. You will feel hurt but it's the right decision to undertake. You should move on with your life.
You will get a man who loves you to the core. A man who has feelings for you only. That is what relationship is all about.
He has to 'fight' the feelings he has for the girl. When I love you, I have to ensure any feelings I have for another girl doesn't come close to the feelings he has for you.
Since he wants to clear his head by dating the girl, you should your head by moving on with your life. Never look back, never wait for him and don't accept to reunite.
If you wait for him, you will be hurting yourself. You have a life before you. Life is short, don't let it pass you by.
What do I do if he wants a break up after we have terminated?
Since you had terminated the relationship, you can accept his proposal to break up if you're comfortable with it.
I tend to figure termination of a relationship is the same as a break up unless you had agreed to discontinue the relationship for a particular period.
I have been in a relationship with my ex and we were planning for marriage. I have been talking to her mum and supporting them in various ways. We had some misunderstanding about having sex. Suddenly, she denied me sex. She told me she hates it. Finally, she broke the news. Her mum has convinced her but all in vain. What should I do about this breakup?
One of the leading causes of breakups is a lack of understanding of someone else's likes and dislikes.
Your ex doesn't like sex. She told you but you insisted you want the two of you to have sex since you like it. You were forcing her to do something she wasn't ready for or doesn't like it.
You should have sat down with her and talk about sex. How will it be during marriage? The fact is that she won't engage in sex frequently (daily). This is something you should have understood.
For instance, I don't like sex but my other significant loves it. I told her I don't like it though she insisted she likes it. It causes conflict because it is forcing someone else to engage in something she doesn't want although to you it will translate as being denied your rights.
This is the reason why it is important to talk things through before getting married.
If you want her back and are satisfied with doing sex with her occasionally; you should apologize to her. You can contact her through call or text and explain how selfish you were and have repented of your lack of judgment and understanding. You should let her know you're comfortable with having sex occasionally.
If you're not comfortable with the idea of having sex occasionally, you shouldn't bother her. You should respect her decision. You should look for a future wife who you can engage with through sex on a daily basis.
People should remember not all of us love the act. Some love it to a minimum level while others hate it.
Lack of satisfaction in bed or not engaging in sex is another cause of divorces. It's up to partners to discuss sex before getting married.
I met my ex on a matrimonial site. We talked over call for 2 months before the breakup. We were about to meet. We had only small fights over call and suddenly he told me that we are not compatible for marriage. I got attached to him and really wanted to marry him. What should I do now?
It's difficult to revive the relationship because you've never met, the length of the relationship was short and you're still far away from each other. The person wouldn't bother to reunite with you because you have never met. He wouldn't see the need to reconcile or work out on solving what you were always fighting about.
You can wait for a few days (3-5) before contacting him. I suggest you send him an online text e.g. through email or text on his WhatsApp number.
Don't be needy or desperate when you contact him. Ask him to give the relationship another chance. You can work out on solving the issues that led to the 'death' of the relationship.
If he doesn't respond or doesn't want to reconcile, it's time to move on. Thank him for the short time you've known each other and move on.
The demerit of a long-distance relationship is that it's very difficult for the failed relationship to reunite after the breakup. This is especially the case when you've been in the relationship for a shorter period of time.
how can I control myself after the break up with my boyfriend?
1) Don't contact him. Delete his phone numbers and block/unfriend him from your social media sites. This will prevent you from the need to call him or look at what he has posted and his photos. You should also store away his photos or tear them or burn them.
2) your heart is the one that is mostly heart because it's the one that fell in love with your ex. Always tell yourself the relationship is over; you've to move on.
3) When you think about your ex, snap out of it very fast. Tell yourself that you've to stop thinking about him. He is no longer in your life. You've to move on without him.
4) If you've anything that belongs to him, store it away/return to him or burn or destroy them. His things will always remind you of him as long as you've them.
5) Whenever you meet each other, whether at school or workplace, fight the need to ask for a reunion or to beg him to take you back. Greet him by trying hard to smile and then go your way. When you feel you want to talk him, fight the urge by reminding yourself you've to move on, you've stop behaving childishly, he's no longer in your life.
6) If you still hate your ex and you're bitter towards him, deal with those emotions. Stop hating and being angry at him. They will make it hard for you to heal and recover from the breakup and to move on. You won't be able to control yourself and you would wish to be around him.
7) If you feel like crying, cry as much as you can when alone. This is nature's way of dealing with hurt. After you've cried, tell yourself, "Relax. Now, smile and remember you're no longer with your ex. Don't behave as if you're with your ex. You've to heal and recover from the breakup. Do all you can to ensure you have healed and recovered from the breakup."
My boyfriend broke up with me about 2 weeks ago. He still loves and cares about me but says we can’t be together. Is there any chance we could have a future in time?
I don't think it's possible is there a chance of reuniting in the future. When a man breaks up with a woman but tells the woman that he still loves her, it's an indication that the feelings the man has for the woman are not the same feelings he had for her at the beginning of the relationship.
The love he has for you isn't a guarantee that he loves you the same way he loved you during the relationship. He loves you as a friend.
There is a possibility of getting back together but it isn't a guarantee.
It's best you move on with your life. Concentrate on your things. If you get another man, well and good. If it happens you get back with your ex, no problem but be sure it won't end up in another breakup. Don't concentrate on your boyfriend or wait for the possibility of getting together. It's a wastage of time.
I’ve been married for 30 years. My husband wants to separate because I’m too selfish. What should I do?
I think that it is better that you work on the behaviour that repels your husband to the point that he wants separation. You have to assess yourself and see whether your husband is write about it. If he is, then you need to work on it to avoid the marriage from splitting up. You have to analyse the relationship to figure out whether that is the main cause of your husband wanting for a separation. If it is not, try to find out what is the main cause or reasons why he wants a separation. If he is right, you need to sit down with him and discuss the issue and arrive at an agreeable conclusion concerning that issue.
My boyfriend broke up with me and is still pleading we remain as friends, can I do that?
There is nothing wrong reverting to friendship but it shouldn't be a platonic friendship. You should remain as casual friends - not too close to friends. However, the friendship shouldn't start any sooner. Until both of you have recovered from the breakup and have moved on with their lives can you become friends? Any time sooner, it will create memories that you shouldn't be reminded of.
My boyfriend broke up with me because my friend said he is stupid. Do you think that's really necessary?
It wasn't necessary. I'm surprised your ex undertook the action of ending the relationship because of the statement which was uttered by your friend.
While I understand he might have felt bad at being called stupid by your friend, I don't get it why he would also involve you in that comment.
That's why you might have heard that some relationships come to an end because of minor or unbelievable reasons.
My girlfriend and I have not talked to each other in two days. I tried settling it by sending her a message. She just read and never replied. She is not seeing someone. How do I know she wants to break up with me? What do I do to make her tell me what she wants?
Give her the space she needs. It looks you are the cause of her responding that way.
Since she's not seeing someone, she needs time to calm her mind and reflect on the relationship. You tried to settle things by sending her message but she never responded. It implies she's angry with you. She might be unsure of which decision to take. She might be confused and hurt.
You want to know whether she's thinking of breaking up with you or not.
Give her the space she needs by not communicating with her in any form for a week or 2 weeks.
After the duration you've decided not to contact her, ask her what she's thinking about the relationship. Let her know she shouldn't make you wait in the dark because whenever you contacted her she remained silent. Let her know you love her but you want to know where she's standing in the relationship but you hope you'll continue together because you love her. Tell her it will be good if you meet someone to discuss things and iron them out because you don't want to lose her.
Hopefully, she will respond.
I’ve been with my boyfriend for three years, but he had never planned a day to call me since we’ve known each other for like a year. I complained to him about this, but he always says things will be fine but it's not. I asked him one day if he still loves me and he said I’m just his friend nothing more. What should I do because I don't know what to make of this?
Forget him and move on with your life. Don't bother with him. Don't communicate with him. The fact he has never called you clearly shows he has never loved you. Maybe he was using you if you've been sleeping together. You have to end the relationship.
I know you're hurt because of his inconsideration and the fact he isn't remorseful in telling you that you're only friends.
Stop communicating with him for a few days. Two weeks is better. Take time to calm your thoughts. Find in your heart the need to forgive him. Then after two weeks, send him a text and tell him thank you for everything and you wish him the best.
Never go back to the relationship even if he insists when he realizes he has lost you. You deserve a man who loves and treasures you.
I was in a 6-months relationship and we were so happy together after how many weeks he proposed to me and I was so happy, but then he was as cold in messaging me knowing that his ex tries to contact him and now I ask him "Do you still love her?" He said, "Yes and still care for her". Like I don't know what to do.
You should not contact him for a week or two or even a month. If he contacts you while you're still exercising no contact rule (not contacting him in whatsoever way), let him know you need your own space to think or reflect about the relationship. This will assist you in forming a clear picture of which steps you need to undertake.
I have written an article on the benefits of no contact rule, what to do and not to do.
Don't veg or plead with him because it's obvious he still loves and takes care of your ex. You shouldn't hurt or diminish your value by staying in the relationship. You deserve someone who loves and treats you like his princess.
I was in a relationship for a few months but we broke up. I know that both of us have feelings for each other, but she has been going through some tough times lately such as family medical issues and school problems. She broke it up because her life was too busy (in her opinion). I still have feelings for her and I want to get back with her when she's ready. What do I do about my on again off again girlfriend?
She might view the relationship overwhelming as a result of the things that are happening in her life. But, it may also be that her decision to break up is based on something else.
Why not send her a message and let her know you love her and will be waiting for her. Let her know your love for her is intense and you'll wait when she will get back to the relationship.
However, don't let your life revolve around her coming back. Move on with your life. She might come back or not. Don't put all your hope on her.
Don't bother her with texts or calls. She won't take it lightly.
My attitude and mouth have been bad lately which has led to my girlfriend breaking up with me. We’ve been together for almost 2 years. We’ve broken up a few times before and got back together but this time I really think she means it’s over. I feel so empty and alone without her; all I do is cry it hurts so bad. What should I do?
Wait for two minutes before contacting her. After the two days, contact her preferably through text. Let her know that you have reflected of your attitude/behaviour (you've thought a lot about it). You have noted it is negative and you intend to change it. Ask her to give you another chance. Let her know you will not contact her for a few days (1-2 weeks) so you can work in changing your negative attitude. Let her know you don't want to lose her since you love her a lot and that the breakup has shed light on how repulsive your attitude is. During the no contact, work towards your attitude in correcting it. If need be, seek a professional counselor and let her know so. She needs to know you've changed because I do know she loves you.
I was in a 4-year relationship with her. She cheated in the first year of our relationship. I forgave her but my lack of trust grew. This caused lots of problems. We had an argument then she broke up with me. Should I just move on?
I'm sure you love her but you don't trust her as you used to when the two of you fell in love. If that trust doesn't exist, there is no need to try to revive the relationship. A lack of trust indicates your love for her isn't the same. It has diminished. You no longer love her the way you used to. Additionally, this means your feelings for her have diminished.
In such a scenario, it's best to move on.
It's difficult to gain back someone's trust. It's difficult to trust a person in the manner you used to before the person became unfaithful in the relationship.
You should take your time and evaluate how you feel for her and the relationship. Would you want to continue with her? If you want, what about your trust for her? Will you ever trust her the way you used to? Will you ever love her the way you used? Will you enjoy living with her by forgetting what she did?
You should think of these things for the period which you'll not contact her - no contact rule. This should take a minimum of one month. After a month of analyzing and evaluating everything related to the relationship and her, make your decision. If you feel you don't want to revive the relationship, send her a final text thanking her for the time you spent together. Ask her to forgive you if you hurt her one way or another. Also, let her know you've forgiven her and want the two of you to part ways in a peaceful manner. This act will enable you to recover from the breakup and move on.
I was in a relationship for around one and a-half month before she broke up with me. So, what should I do?
Ascertain the cause of the breakup. What is the reason for her breaking up with you? Was her reason justifiable or not? This will assist you in knowing if you should try to get her back or not.
Another thing is about the relationship. How was it like? Would you want to continue in it?
This means you have to use no contact. You should not contact her for a few days - less than 2 weeks. During this time, reflect on the relationship and your ex. It's from here you will arrive at a decision - try to get her back or move on with your life.
I was in a relationship with my girlfriend for two years but when her brother knew that I love her, he told her to break with me. Indeed she accepted this and broke up with me. What should I do so she can love me again?
I love texts but the downside of it is that one can ignore and possibly delete. However, there is the advantage of the curiosity or the desire to find out what is contained therein in the text.
If you call, she might hang up. But sending a text can send the intended message. However, don't appear desperate or needy.
Let her know how much you love her and how much she means to you. Let her know you're waiting for her. After you send the text, don't bother her with another one. Continue on with your life. If she responds positively you're lucky. If not, you'll have to move on with your life. The reason is simple: you can't force someone to love you if she doesn't.
Well, you can call her. If she picks up start with greetings then ask her if you can meet to talk when she's free. If she accepts, good. If not, send her a text message.
I was in a relationship for 11 months and I used to talk to my boyfriend about how he hurts me. He broke up with me saying he doesn't wanna hurt me anymore. I'm in so much in pain because I love him. I spoke to him and I told him how I love him and how unfair he's being to me. He later said he's gonna think about it and call me back. What do I do about my concerned beloved? I'm really in pain.
You were right in telling your boyfriend how he hurts you in the relationship. As a result, your boyfriend ends the relationship. He figured it out it's better to end the relationship than continuing hurting you. After the break up, you tell him how much you love him and how he has been unfair to you including breaking up with you. He says he is gonna think about it. It hurts you the more.
If your boyfriend hasn't changed, it will make no difference in the relationship. He is going to hurt you the more when you reunite. He has not indicated he's going to change so that when you get together he won't do or say things that will hurt you. He has said he's gonna think about it which questions his feelings and love for you. He seems comfortable with the idea of ending the relationship after telling him how he hurts you.
You have to cease any communication with him. It is difficult but it's the right thing to do. You have to heal and recover from the break-up. Also, during the no contact, you will reflect on the failed relationship and your ex (both on the positive and negative side). This is the right step to take although it will be very painful. You need to know whether it's a wise step to try to get him back or to move on with your life. You can do so when you do not contact him.
I have written an article on the No Contact Rule. It's titled: 'What Are the Rules and Benefits of the No Contact Rule After a Breakup?'
Also, another article about healing and recovering from a breakup titled 'Steps to Healing and Recovery After a Breakup.'
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