Winning your ex boyfriend or girlfriend back isn’t really the hard part. The hard part is keeping them.

After all, they left you once, what is to stop them from leaving you again?

What is the point of getting your ex back if you can’t keep them PERMANENTLY?

My name is Kevin, and I am here to help you through this painful breakup and hopefully get your ex back. I say hopefully because I can’t guarantee you that you will get your ex back. I can, however, guarantee that if you follow this plan, your chances of getting your ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend back will increase significantly.

What This Article Is About?

This article is divided into 5 Steps. I have done so because this way you have a step by step plan that you can follow to get your ex back.

It’s important to have a plan to follow, because after a breakup you are hurt, emotionally drained and most of all, confused. And during this state of confusion, you are bound to make a lot of mistakes that will actually hurt your chances of getting back together.

I have seen people make these mistakes over and over again (in my two three four five years of experience helping people with breakups).

Having a plan gives you a sense of direction and removes all the confusion. A plan will give you something to look forward to when you are feeling down and unsure about yourself. A plan will give you hope. This article is that plan.

This article is quite long. I highly recommend you read the entire article because it will not only help you understand what you should do but also why you should do it.

But what are these mistakes you keep talking about?

I am glad you asked because the first part of this guide is precisely about these mistakes.

STEP #1. The Instincts aka The Deadly Mistakes

I call this part “The Instincts” because all these mistakes are a direct result of people following their instincts. Most of the advice in this 5 Step Plan is counter-intuitive, but it works. When you read it, you will understand why and it will all start to make sense. So let’s start by going over the deadly mistakes that you should avoid at any cost.

Deadly Mistake #1: Calling And Texting Them All The Time

Kevin, we broke up 8 days ago. Since then, I have messaged him everyday constantly and he barely replies. I have to text him a hundred times before he replies just once. I really love him and want to be with him, but I don’t understand why he is acting like this. He said he loved me and then suddenly this.

That’s the story of around 80% of the people who are desperate to get their ex back. It’s a huge mistake to text and call your ex all the time. In fact, it’s a huge mistake to call them even once. Your instincts tell you that if you stay in contact with your ex, they will not forget about you and hopefully come back.

ex calling

Even the calls that might seem casual to you, look needy and desperate to your ex.

But it doesn’t really work that way. In fact, every time you call or text your ex, you are showing them you are a needy person and you are miserable without them. This neediness is unattractive and pushes your ex further away.

You should be extremely careful whenever you go out drinking. You might end up calling your ex and making a fool of yourself. So whenever you go out drinking, have a friend with you who can stop you from making this mistake.

But if I don’t call or text my ex, how can I get them back?

You should contact them in a certain way that will make them feel attracted to you again. I explain exactly how to do this below in Step 4.

Deadly Mistake #2: Begging And Trying To Use Pity

If begging worked after a breakup, no one will ever break up with anybody. They decided to leave you and they are prepared to go through your begging and pleading. Whatever the reason for breakup was, it’s not going to change with your begging. The only thing that begging will do is make you look like a weak and insecure person.

cat begging

Unfortunately, humans don’t look as cute as cats while begging.

Similarly, your instincts will also make you believe that if you just show your ex that you can’t live without them, they will take you back.  Your thought pattern becomes something like

  1. If he knows how miserable I am without him, he will come back.
  2. If only she knows that I can’t continue my life without her, she’ll take me back.

Again, your instincts are screwing with you. Trust me, no one takes their ex back out of pity. No one is attracted to someone who is miserable. And even if your ex came back because of this, do you really want your ex to be with you just because of pity? Or do you want them to respect and love you?

Deadly Mistake #3: Let Them Walk All Over You

Your instincts will tell you that if you just agree to everything your ex wants, they will come back. Your instincts will tell you that your needs, your values, your desires, your goals don’t matter. Your instincts will tell you that the only thing that matters is to get your ex back. And for that, you can sacrifice everything.
You let your ex walk all over you. You become a doormat. You agree to the most ridiculous demands your ex has. But your instincts tell you, it’s OK. Because having your ex in your life is the only thing that matters.

doormat in relationships

Well, guess what?

Agreeing to everything your ex says is not going to bring them back. In fact, it’s only going to make your ex respect you less. Nobody wants to be with someone they don’t respect. And even if they do come back, they will leave shortly realizing they have no respect for you as a person.

Deadly Mistake #4: Showering Them with Affection

Your instincts tell you that if your ex just realizes how much you love them and how much you care about them, they will come back. You just need to make them believe that no one in the world will ever love them the way you do. How can they reject you once they realize how much you love them, Right?
smothering your ex
The truth is, they already know that you love them, how much you adore them and how much you care about them. But they still decided to breakup. Showering them with affection is not going to help you. In fact, the more you smother them, the more trapped they’ll feel. And that will just make them want to get away from you as soon as possible.

Deadly Mistake #5: Freaking Out When Your Ex Starts Dating

The thought of your ex being with someone else is a gut wrenching one. But in reality, it’s not as bad as we make it out to be. We will get into that later, but first, let’s take a look at how your instincts react when you find out your ex is dating someone else.

If I don’t do anything right now, they’ll fall in love with this new person and forget about me forever. I better go over there and do everything that this article has told me not to do. Including begging, using pity, telling them how much I love them, agreeing to all their conditions (be a doormat). And if they don’t open the door, I’ll just stand outside and call and text them all day. It will be even better to tell my ex how this new person is totally wrong for them and what a big mistake they are making by being in a relationship with this _______(INSERT DEROGATORY REMARK).

If you didn’t realize it by now, your instincts and your mind go into panic mode when you find out your ex is dating someone new. In most cases, you freak out and make all the mistakes mentioned above.

The truth is, your ex is most probably in a rebound relationship (Read: Is Your Ex In a Rebound Relationship? Find Out With These Telltale Signs). And almost all of the rebound relationships end sooner rather than later. It sucks, but rebound relationships are a way for many people to deal with breakups. Fortunately for you, it’s one of the most ineffective way to move on. So, just because they are in a rebound relationship doesn’t mean they will forget about you and move on. In fact, it just means the opposite. It means that they are having a hard time moving on and as long as they are in this rebound relationship, they are avoiding grief. And that means it will take them longer to get over you.

rebound relationship

A rebound relationship is like a cigarette. It’s unhealthy. It provides a false sense of calmness. And it ends when the flame is over. (the faster you smoke the faster it ends)

The most important thing for you to do while your ex is in a rebound relationship is be cool about it. Whatever happens, do not tell your ex to break up with their rebound partners. Let it be their idea. They have a huge hole in their life after breaking up with you which they are trying to fill with someone new. They will soon realize that a rebound relationship can not fill the emptiness and they will end the relationship. (Do you think his relationship is not just a rebound? Read How To Get Your Ex Back When He Has Moved On To a New Girlfriend. or Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back When She Has Moved On To a New Boyfriend)

What If I’ve Already Made These Mistakes?

Chances are, you’ve already made at least one of these mistakes after the breakup. Don’t worry, even the wisest monks in the Himalayas and masters of psychology from Harvard usually end up making these mistakes after a breakup. It’s just in the nature of human beings to try and hold on to something that is precious to them. So don’t beat yourself over it. The most important thing for you to do right now is to realize that these mistakes will not help you get him or her back and stop doing them right away. Move on to the next step of the plan which is going to repair all the damage you’ve caused till now.

 

STEP #2. No Contact aka Give Yourself Time And Space

If you’ve been searching about breakups and getting your ex back online, you’d know that there is a thing called no contact rule. It’s simple and very effective. All you have to do is stop all the communication with your ex for a short period of time. This includes

  • No Calling
  • No Texting
  • No Facebook Messaging
  • No Online Contact Of Any Kind (IM, Twitter)
  • No “accidentally” bumping into them (you know what that means)
  • No hanging out with common friends in hopes of meeting your ex

Why do no contact?

For three reasons

1. Your ex needs some space and time to remove all the negative associations from the breakup and start missing you. People have a common misconception that if you don’t contact your ex, they will forget about you. But in reality, if you don’t contact your ex, you will give them time to miss you more and they will be wondering all the time why you are not contacting them. Remember all the mistakes in Part #1 of this guide. Every one of them made your ex think of you as a needy person. By not contacting them, you immediately become not needy in their mind.

2. You also need some space and time. You need to get a hold of yourself and gain some perspective. The fact is, you are a mess after the breakup. And you need to calm down and analyze your relationship thoroughly to realize whether or not being with your ex is in your best interest. It could be that you are just missing your ex. You need to learn to enjoy your life without your ex. You need to prove to yourself that you can be happy without your ex. You will eventually realize that you DON’T NEED YOUR EX to be happy. Maybe you’ll still WANT them, but there is a big difference between needing something and wanting something.

happiness comes from inside

3. You must become an attractive, happy person during this time. You need to take a step back and reevaluate your life. You should make a lot of positive changes in your life. When you meet your ex after the no contact period, you want them to be attracted to you. And the best way to do it is to start enjoying life and becoming an overall happy person. Don’t take this point lightly. This could be the difference between getting your ex back or losing them forever. (If you’d like to read more about why you should do this, read this article.)

How long is the no contact period?

stay no contact for 30 days

Basically, the no contact period should be as long as it takes you to get yourself together and feel great about your life without your ex. In my experience, it can take up to 30 days. However, in extreme cases, it could range from anywhere from 2 months to 6 months.

Your ex during No Contact Period

At this point, you might start wondering how no contact is going to effect your ex and what you should do about it. This section covers most of the doubts you may have regarding no contact. If you still need more information, read this article.

Should I tell my ex that I am doing no contact?

Ideally no. You want them to wonder what happened to you and why you are not contacting them. You want to be on your ex’s mind as much as you can. And telling them you are not contacting for some time will defeat this purpose.

However, if your ex is currently calling you everyday or texting you everyday, then yes you should let them know that you don’t want them to contact you for a short period of time. Don’t give them any specifics. Just tell them to not contact you until you decide to contact them. Let them know you need some space and time right now.

Wouldn’t it be rude if I don’t contact my ex?

Wasn’t it rude of your ex to break your heart and leave you begging them to take you back? And yet, you’ll still do anything to be with them. Sometimes, rudeness is not as bad as you think it is.

Besides, you are doing no contact for your own mental peace and well-being. There is nothing rude about taking care of yourself.

Should I answer my ex’s text during no contact?

NO. Absolutely not. Whatever happens, don’t answer their text.

Should I answer my ex’s call during no contact?

No. You shouldn’t answer your ex’s call. The only exception to this is if you are close to ending your no contact and you are already feeling great about your life. If you think that talking to your ex will have you obsessing about them again, don’t answer their call.

  • What if my ex moves on during no contact?
  • What if my ex meets someone and get married during no contact?
  • What if my ex forgets about me during no contact?

Good questions. And the answer to all of them is NO, THEY WON’T.

If you and your ex were in any type of serious relationship, then they will not be able to move on so quickly. In fact, no contact is only going to make them miss you more and remember the good things about you. You have to take a leap of faith over here. The alternative to no contact is being a creep and texting and stalking your ex all the time, which will probably lead to a restraining order against you. You really don’t have much of an option.

Can’t I make the no contact shorter? Like a week or a few days?

So, you want to give your ex a couple days break from your avalanche of texts and then bombard them again after a couple of days? No.

It takes time for people to remove negative association after a breakup and start missing their ex. You have to give it to them. Besides, you have to prove to yourself that you can live without your ex for at least 30 days. And more importantly, you have to work on yourself and become a more confident and happy person.  Unless you make a positive change in yourself, your ex will not be able to convince themselves to get back together with you.(Read more about the no contact rule here.)

STEP #3. Taking Care of Yourself aka What to do in No Contact

This is the part where most people screw up. No contact will be of no use unless you try to make a positive change in your life during this time. If you just want to stay at home and just be miserable for the next one month, things are not going to change even after no contact period. Yes, you need to grieve after a breakup and yes, there’s some benefit in spending some time alone, grieving and analyzing your relationship. But at some point, you have to go out there and do something with your life.

are you happy?

Positive Changes In Your Appearance

Making a positive change in your physical appearance is going to give you a fresh look. You are going to feel new and you are going to feel better. And when your ex sees you after the no contact period, they are going to see a new you. Here are a few things you can do.

  • Get a haircut. Just go to a hairstylists and find out what is in fashion these days.
  • Get your teeth cleaned. A beautiful smile is very attractive.
  • Get in the best shape of your life. Go to the gym and sweat it out. This is also great for your mental health as working out releases endorphins which make you happy.
  • Get new clothes. They will definitely make you feel better about yourself.

Whatever you do, don’t do anything drastic right now. You don’t want to make any physical changes right now that you might regret for the rest of your life (like getting a tattoo of a broken heart).

Positive changes in your mentality

Being a happy and confident person is probably the most important thing when it comes to getting your ex back. You need to realize that happiness and confidence is something that you can get by working on yourself.  Here are a few ideas that will help you gain more confidence and become a happier person.

learn to be happy without your ex

Instead of sitting at home eating ice cream and watching TV, go out and do something to make yourself feel better.

1. Give yourself some time to grieve. I know how hard it is to be happy after a breakup. I remember I was a complete mess for at least two weeks. I didn’t sleep properly, didn’t eat properly, and I was just thinking about my ex girlfriend all day. In a way, this period is necessary for you. You give yourself some time to grieve everyday. If you want to feel sad and sorry for yourself, go ahead and do it. But make sure you also do something everyday to make yourself feel good about yourself.

2. Write in a journal. Write your thoughts and your feelings down. Writing is therapeutic and it’s probably going to help you release all those emotions that have been building up inside.

3. Go out with friends. Spend time with your loved ones. Your friends and family are the people who are always there for you and who always love to spend time with you. Go out and have a good time with them.

4. Do some meditation. Be aware of yourself. Know your weaknesses and strengths. Be proud of yourself. Accept yourself for who you are. That’s what confidence is all about. Neediness (which is very unattractive) comes from doubts within yourself. Whereas confidence comes from awareness and accepting yourself.

5. Go out on a date. This is absolutely essential and if you are reading this, then I will recommend that you definitely go out on a few dates before ending no contact with your ex. It’s absolutely imperative for you to get some perspective right now and meeting new people is the best way to do it.

Analyzing Your Relationship

You have to ask yourself this question, why do you want to get back with your ex? If you answered something like

  1. I love him/her.
  2. I can’t live without him/her.
  3. I am miserable without my ex.
  4. He/She was the only one for me.
  5. I can’t imagine a life without my ex.

Then you are still suffering from post-breakup denial and bargaining. Denial and bargaining are two of the many stages of grief after a breakup. It’s extremely common for people to want to get their ex back after a breakup. However, it’s not always the right choice.

For example, even if your relationship with your ex was abusive, you might want to rekindle it just because you are missing them. Our mind often confuses the act of missing someone with “love”. It’s normal to miss someone after you’ve been with them for a long time. But it doesn’t necessarily mean you still love them.

Look at it like this, every relationship has problems, fights, and disagreements. But if you two broke up, then there was something very wrong with your relationship. You need to analyze what went wrong and realize whether or not it’s a good idea to get back together.

pros and cos of your relationship

Are you sure your ex didn’t have any cons?

If you listen to your heart, all you will hear is that you love your ex and you want them back. Instead, try to think with your mind. Be logical. Analyze the pros and cons of your relationship. Analyze the pros and cons of your ex. Analyze what your goals in life are and whether or not a relationship with your ex aligns with those goals.(Read: Should You Get Your Ex Back?)

Remember, your ex will not make you happy, only you can make yourself happy. And the only way you can do it is by understanding yourself, loving yourself, appreciating what you have, understanding your purpose in life and pursuing it.

Do you really think you can have a happy and long lasting relationship with your ex?

Do you really think that the reason you broke up is no big deal?

You are making a huge decision right now. So you better make sure that it is the right one. You have 30 days to do it, so don’t rush into it. Take your time. Relax and do things that make you feel better. When you start being happy in life without your ex, you will realize whether or not getting your ex back is the right decision. And that is extremely important before you move on to the next step, which is contacting your ex.

STEP #4. Contacting Your Ex aka Re-attraction

Remember when your ex left you? They thought of you as a needy, clingy and desperate person with little to no self-respect. After not being in contact with you for a while, they must be wondering what the heck happened to you. They will slowly start to forget that image of yours (the needy desperate one) and start remembering the things they liked about you. They will start remembering the things that they found attractive in you.

And that’s when you contact them, you talk to them and then meet them. Just as they lay eyes on you, BOOM. That’s the new and improved you. YOU version 2.0. They can’t help but wonder what brought so much positive change in you.

re-attracting your ex

“You look amazing. You smell amazing. You look like you are doing great in your life. You look like you’ve been working out. You look happy. You look confident, sexy, fun and attractive. You look like a catch. Why did I break up with you again?” – Your Ex

For that to happen, you need two things.

  1. You should actually bring a positive change in your life and become a confident, happy and attractive person.
  2. You should contact your ex and meet them somewhere.

If you have been following this guide till now, then you know how to go about the first point. So, let’s get straight to the second point.

Contacting Your Ex

Before you contact your ex, here is a checklist of things you need to make sure you’ve done.

  • You followed the no contact rule for at least one month. (Read about The No Contact Rule here.)
  • You are no longer a mess as you were after the breakup.
  • You have made a few positive changes in your life.
  • You are absolutely sure that getting back with your ex is a good decision. (Find Out here.)
  • You have gone on at least one date during no contact.
  • You have accepted the breakup and you are OK with the fact that you may never get your ex back and this might never work for you .
  • You have accepted the fact that even if you don’t get your ex back, you will be fine since there are endless opportunities in the world to find love and happiness.(Read more about having the right mindset after no contact is over)

Now, there are two ways that you can contact your ex. One is through a letter or email, and the other one is through text messages. You can also call your ex but I recommend you first build up some attraction using text messages and letter before calling them.

The Letter

A hand written letter is a great way to contact your ex right after you’ve finished no contact. A hand written letter stands out in this age of digital technology. Of course, you can use an email as well.

hand written letter

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a hand written letter in the mail?

This letter has three purposes.

Purpose 1: To let your ex know that you have accepted the breakup. And you think that it’s for the best.

(You are letting them know that you are no longer the needy desperate person who was refusing to accept the breakup.)

Purpose 2: To apologize for any of your inappropriate behavior after the breakup.

(You want to make sure that everything from the past is forgiven and forgotten.)

Purpose 3: To let them know of something exciting that is happening in your life. Don’t reveal too much here. Just tell them something good is happening in your life. You’d love to talk about it, but not now. Because you both need some space and time.

(You want to give them something to chew on. They will be thinking about what’s happening in your life and will want to call or text you to talk about it. You are using curiosity to get your ex contact you. Of course, something must be happening in your life. That’s why creating a positive change in your life is absolutely important before contacting your ex.)

If you want a sample letter written for you, you can find it in Step 5.

The Text Messages

Text messages should ideally be used after sending the hand written letter to build up attraction. You can even skip the hand written letter and move on directly to text messages. You know your situation and your ex better than anyone, so it’s your decision whether or not you want to use just text messages, just the letter, or both. But I highly recommend you use either one or both of these before actually calling your ex.

Text messages are great for building attraction with your ex. They are short, they are personal and you can be sure your ex will read your texts. If used correctly, you can condition your ex to light up in excitement whenever they see a message from you. (Read this more detailed article on getting your ex back with text messages.)

texting your ex

It doesn’t matter where they are, your text will reach them and they will be excited to get a text from you.

The key to using text messages is to be very subtle. Never ever directly talk about your feelings or about your relationships. You want them to associate text messages to something positive and fun. Here are the rules for texting your ex.

Never send them an empty message. An empty message is something that doesn’t say anything and doesn’t give your ex anything to talk about. For example

“Hey”

“Hey, How are you?”

“I miss you”

“:)”

Never ever talk about your feelings and about getting back together.

“I love you”

“I miss you”

“I want you back in my life”

“I am miserable without you”

Never argue or say something negative over text.

“If you had just shown a little more effort, we could have been great together.”

“Your child misses you. You are terrible father to leave him like that.”

Now here are a few things that you should do while using text messages.

Something happened in your life that reminded you of them.

“Hey, I just watched the new season of Arrested Development. It reminded me of you. I actually had a smile on my face. :)”

“Hey, I just read the new Harry Potter book. I am so glad you never told me the ending. Thanks :)”

Remind them of good moments you had together.

“Hey, I was just thinking about the time we went skydiving together. Man, that was exciting. I am glad we did that. “

“Hey, remember the little restaurant where we had our first anniversary date? I just crossed it and it looks like they are closing down. It’s a shame because we had such a great time that day.”

Let them know you are having fun with your life and meeting new people.

“Hey, I just saw a romantic movie with a friend. The ending reminded me of you.“

“Hey, I am going to Hawaii for the weekend with a friend. Do you remember the name of the hotel we stayed in when we went last year?”

Now there are tons of other things you can do with texts. But the key point remains the same. Be subtle. Be positive. Be fun.

Right now, you just want to go from the creepy ex to a fun text buddy. Of course, you will be moving things forward slowly. When you think it’s the right time, go ahead and ask them out.

Asking Your Ex Out

Do not call it a date. I repeat. Do not call it a date. If you do, your ex will put their defenses up faster than Garfield finds Lasagna. You don’t want them thinking that you are looking to get back together. At least not now. You want them to go out with you as a friend. And then you can build up attraction while you are with them.

If you’ve done your homework correctly, you will be oozing confidence and attractiveness out of every inch of your body. And this works doubly as effective on your ex than any other person. Why? Because they were already attractive to you at one point in time. And you are not a stranger to them. You are someone familiar who looks very attractive.

The best way to ask them out is to give them a call. It’s possible they might require a slight push. A simple “come on, it’ll be fun.” Or “Hey, it’s just coffee. What’s the harm?” should be sufficient.

However, don’t go overboard in pushing them. Like ”Come on. Just go out with me once. Please. Pretty please.” Or “You broke up with me and broke my heart. The least you can do is go out with me one time.”

Remember, your ex doesn’t owe you anything. You have to treat them like an acquaintance you want to get close with.

On the Date

Ideally, you want it to be your ex’s idea to get back together. You just want to be yourself (attractive, fun, happy, and awesome). Do not talk about your past relationship or your breakup. It will lead to no good. That relationships is over and if you two do get back together, it will be a new relationship. There is no point digging old graves when you want to start a new life.

STEP #5. The Grind aka The Ninja Techniques aka EBP Basics

OK, even though this guide is quite long and covers most of what you need to know on this subject, there are a lot of topics that are not covered here.

Since trying to get your ex back takes time and going through the no contact period is an everyday struggle, I’ve designed Part 5 of this guide to be an email series. I call this email series EBP Basics.

What do you get?

One inspiring, helpful , insightful and motivating email everyday. I have helped thousands of people (somewhere around 50,000) with these emails. The reason why these everyday emails are so effective is because you get a small dose of inspiration, motivation and useful information every day.The no contact period is the most important part of the plan and with Part 5, you will get support during the no contact period.

More importantly, I reveal a lot of secret tactics and tricks that are not mentioned in this guide. Like

  • Using Pattern Breaking
  • Understanding the reason why your ex broke up and what to do about it.
  • What to do if your ex is dating someone else
  • How to write that hand written letter
  • And a lot more.

How To Gain Access?

Just go ahead and click on the appropriate link below and get EBP Basics for absolutely free.

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How to Get Your Ex Back (Shorter Version)

  1. To get your ex back, you must not make any of the deadly mistakes that make you look needy or desperate.
  2. Start no contact. Stop all communications with your ex unless it’s absolutely necessary and unavoidable.
  3. Become You Version 2.0. Take a step back and reassess everything. Work on becoming happier and more confident.
  4. Once no contact is over, get back in touch with your ex. If you do it correctly, he/she will be blown away seeing the new and improved version of yourself.
  5. Take things slowly and rebuild attraction, connection and trust with your ex. Keep doing it until your ex decides they want to get back together. Before you begin no contact take this short quiz to find out your chances of getting back together.

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  • GAN
    Hello, Kevin! It's been 3 weeks since we broke up and she haven't spoken to me yet ever since. The reason of our break up is that I was about to go to their house for an overnight and I've spoken about it with my mom. At first she agreed because she called my girlfriend's mom and then the next morning, my girlfriend's mom texted me that I can no longer come because it was raining hard. after a while i tried to convince my mom to go like for 30 mins only to find out later that day that my mom badmouthed my girlfriend's mom. I was shocked by what happened and I kept on saying sorry to my girlfriend and her mom at the same time and on the same evening, my girlfriend broke up with me because of what my mother did. What should I do? We haven't spoken in 3 weeks and I've tried NC for a week then I messaged her last November 19 and continued the NC. Please help me. I really want her back but i don't know how and when to start :(
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Patricia, Since the main issue right now is that your ex and her mom are upset with your mom which in turn is directed at you, perhaps it would be best to continue with NC to give them some space to cool off and let it go before approaching her again to apologize and maybe start off as friends to earn your ex's mom's respect once more.
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  • leah
    Hi There! Im just looking for some helpful tips on my relationship. Story short im 24 I have 2 sons 1 and 3 with their father who is 31. We were together for 4 years just about happily until the past year. we moved from ohio to california lived there for 2 yrs(hes from there) things got rocky there was never any cheating but overtime accusations led to insecurities on both ends, lack of trust,and downhill from there. I recently moved back home with our sons and im having trouble processing everything with a clear mind without the emotions. its only harder to me because we now have children involved. I reached out to him in the very beginning ofus leaving and made a few fatal mistakes between calling/texting i miss yous etc,and even a social media breakdown although i deleted it shortly after, he has another gf out of nowhere (rebound lol) although i know, its hard to see after spending everyday with a person for 4 years. so I went into no contact mode for a few weeks, got the bad mom i cant see my kids speech, then an "I needed someone closer text" go on social media and hes crying out for attention basically posting vids of him and this new lady. NOW, I stopped all negative communication in the past 3 weeks everytime he'd call to speak to the kids and argue etc I'd hang up, he'd video call them i'd always make sure he didnt see my hurt and that I looked beautiful on the outside (a reminder lol) We have been able to communicate respectfully for about a week (after he realized calling me angry/disrespectfully out of hurt wasnt getting him anywhere but a hangup and time frame of space) he's started pulling it together. well see how long that last lol. although ive gone on a few dates, maintained my appearance, and backed off a bit, i still cant help the thoughts of wanting our family together. im slowly realizing Im not interested in anyone else, how can I accomplish this, without pushing him away? He wants us to move back, yet he has this rebound girl it doesnt help my thought process. I havnt told him I want him back yet i miss him or any of that out of fear, ive been trying to be more of a friend 1st. I dk what to do with this situation anymore I just wake up everyday and be the best mother I can be, whatever the day throws at me I catch and keep going. BUT soon im going to need to figure this out.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hang in there Leah. I think that even if you've figured out what you want to do, if the choice is to be together with him, it may be too soon to take any action since his temper is only slowly starting to improve as well as the fact that he is still together with the other lady. Also since you're only starting to regain your composure (emotionally), I suggest taking more time to focus on yourself and your kids.
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  • Ashlie
    Hello! Really need your help. We were in a distance relationship, everything was fine in the beginning (like always) He wanted marry me, while I was study language courses in the same city with him, dating every day, calls and texts. He even introduced me to his mom. We were planning make a wedding in the end of 2017, but when i came back to my city to finish all my stuff and to prepare for life with him he started text me less and I asked him whats going on, then he said he cant marry me because he is not a rich man and cant give me a good life, I was very upset and said your cant keep your promises??? And he said give me time for thinking and will tell his decision in the end of 2017 year (now November 2017) , I said I dont need his money or anything else, just him and he said believe me if one day i will rich i will marry you but dont wait for me, live your life. He started text less less less, now he stopped at all , me too, I stopped text to him and remind about my self and stopped post anything in my accounts, just to let him worry where I am. And after all our arguing about he cant marry or etc. he was silent but taking screenshots of my pics in snapchat. And before our silence I was asking him do you want to break up with me- If yes, tell me and i will never bother you again. He replied "I dont have an answer". Now exactly one month when we talked in message last time, he was asking hey what you are doing how are you, I said Im good thank you. Then silence 34 days till now. I wonder how he can be so calm and patient and dont texting am I ok or not. I dont know what to think or what to do ...Should I continue keep silence and not posting anything like Im dead, or start post in snapchat my beautiful pics and make him sad what he lost, really I dont know, Im so sad
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Ashlie, Perhaps he might have lost feelings for you which is why he tried to make the relationship fade away. I think you should start posting to show that you're doing okay and since it's been awhile. If he has feelings for you, he will check in on you, if not it's better to move on.
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    • Ashlie
      Thanks a lot for reply. If he will check on me you mean just watch my pics or screenshots or comments ? And if he lost feelings is it possible that he will see me and will start to feel something again?
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  • Elise
    Hi Kevin, I've been 2 years together with my bestfriend. I've done the NC- period, now we hear eachother sometimes, but only for practical things. When we met 2 weeks ago to talk and give back our things, he cried because he misses me, but he doesn't want me back. He said he's an idiot to let a girl like me go, but he can't be in a relationship because his feelings are not strong enough anymore. To his best friend he said he is over me and doesn't want me back, never. He wants space but he is the one texting me, and he said I can still use his account for spotify. His friends don't understand him, they think he is making a big mistake. He still wants to be bestfriends. I see him back in 2 weeks with our mutual friends, and we are going to party together for NYE. What do I have to do? Is there still a chance I can make him fall back in love with me? And how can I make him fall back in love with me?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      I guess you could if you're able to provide the spark he needs re-ignite his feelings for you. Sometimes if the relationship goes on for too long, it becomes stagnant and people may end up losing passion for each other. He may still love you but just that it he may possibly in a state where he's lost attraction for you (aka the spark) to keep the relationship going. I can't say for certain if you're definitely going to get back together with him (as it would depend on the context of what happened) but I can say, if you're willing to try, there's definitely a chance.
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    • Elise
      Thank you for your respons! He ended our relationship because I was too negative (I have had a stressfull period) but now I worked on myself. How can I make this spark come back?
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  • Ash...
    Heyy. So I’m looking for some advice. Some guidance, some wisdom! Ok, so it’s been about 9 days 12 hours and 40 minutes since I have seen my fiancé. We have been dating for 3 years and we live together. 9 days ago I brought him to work and I haven’t seen him since! He contacted me days later saying he needed time and space. This absolutely broke me because In my head I thought things were going good! I thought we were getting better at communicating and I felt like we were going to be okay. I’m not going to lie to you we have done each other a significant amount of dirt- I’ve hurt him and he has hurt me. Our relationship started to go downhill when we reached a good 9 months living together. Maybe we rushed things, maybe we are too immature (we are 20 years old by the way) or i don’t know. We had a pretty good relationship I think. I was living in an abusive home and he pushed me to get out of there and it cost me my family but I’m no longer being abused. I cried myself to sleep every night for those six months and he became my everything. With everything that I have been thru I have some issues and that can happen to anyone. He has been thru a lot too and it also left an imprint in him. There is just so much more to the story but long story short- he has been contacting me on and off for the past week and hasn’t given me a specific answer as to wether or not we are broken up. His stuff is still at our house and I still have his PS4! It’s the fact that he left his PS4 behind that is really convincing me that he thinks we are not over. But are we? He says he’s hurting- but I’m the one who is now alone stuck in an apartment miles away from any family and stuck with all the bills. Should start this process ? Even tho we haven’t officially broken up ?? I’ve already done a few fatal mistakes- texting him and calling him crying. Even In a fit of rage I packed some of his belongings and drunkinly thru his stuff in front of his brothers house. So I need some help here on what to do.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Ash, What was he hurt about that required time and space? It seemed like you guys were doing fine unless his issue was a pent up one? Right now, what I can advice you is to be strong and yes, avoid doing things that may scare him (aka your last few sentences). Also, it's better if you get an answer out of him because he left you in limbo so you know how to proceed but don't pressure him too much into it, especially if you want the relationship to work as that will push him further away. If you feel that it's not an appropriate time to talk to him, then you could always start with the no contact rule first.
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  • Steffie
    Hey, I've been with this boy for past 1,5 years. We had a long distance relationship and four weeks ago he broke up with me but said that he still has feelings for me. It was a very serious relationship and we wanted to move in together but it failed. We wrote each other the last weeks and now I decided no contact. Now I have no idea how I can ask for a appointment (step 4) because he is so far away that it's impossible to meet only for a coffee. I have to travel about six hours by train... So how I can do this step? Asking for a coffee and traveling 12 hours at one day only for a short talk? Thank you for reading this
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Steffie, If distance is the problem, perhaps it would be better to re-initiate contact through text first and get back on good terms before arranging for a meet up - which may no longer be a short coffee at that point.
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  • Nia
    I recently reached back out to my ex bf after giving him an ultimatum. I basically told him to commit or get lost. I guess I was just so frustrated after being with him for so long and the fact he didn't want to make a formal commitment, but we were having problems so I could see his stance. This was about two months ago. I've been missing him like crazy and feeling regret for my decision, so I decided to reach out to him. I emailed him and text him two weeks ago and there was no response. So, it being two weeks later I called. He answered the phone but said he didn't really believe I was sorry. He also text'd and said I hurt him immensely and he can't do this again. I honestly had no idea I hurt him as I was so caught up in my own feelings and thoughts. I want to do right by him and I want him back. I've told him this with no response yet, but that was only this morning. When can I reach out again? I don't want to pressure him and scare him away. I'm thinking Thanksgiving? Just to say Happy Thanksgiving. He doesn't have any family here, so I was going to see if he wanted some food, at least as a gesture since my family cooks. Not sure when to message him or reach out again, but I really don't want to hurt him anymore. Is texting for the holiday's okay?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi there, I think texting him during Thanksgiving would be alright. Keep it casual though and if he says no or does not reply, then just apply the no contact rule for awhile in order to give yourself and him some breathing space to recover from whatever happened before reaching out any further.
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  • Luis
    Hi Kevin, My girlfriend just broke up with me about 5 days ago she said she doesn't feel the same anymore but her family tells me it is her confusion now that so many changes are happening since she will graduate college and leave home for the first time to do her 6 months internship, she also mentioned to her sister that she felt she was too young for commitment and scared that she didn't find flaws in us so she might be sealing her fate at an early age, which is something she said she wanted at the beginning of our relationship. It was long distance, I had a plan to travel there in 2 days which she knows about and I've already been there 4 times this year. I don't want to miss the chance of being with her specially since this time I got so many days off from work usually I travel for 10 days at a time this time 20 days and it could've been a great time together. Should I try anything while I'm there or should I just enjoy my trip with other women and working on myself to let her have that time to reflect and miss me? after 30 days I would be back home and to be in the same country might take 3 more months. Thank you.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Luis, I think you should drop her a text when you arrive to see if she would like to meet you (casually of course). If she does not want to, then perhaps it's better to give her space to figure out what she wants and to enjoy your time there. I know it may seem like a shame to not meet her but you shouldn't pressure her too much or she might just figure she does not want to be with you anymore and it would be permanent this time. For long distance relationships, usually a longer period of time would have to be spent on getting your ex back due to the frequency you actually see her.
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  • Fabiola
    Hi Team, Quite happy I found your website! So here goes my story: I have been in a long distance relationship since february 2017 and things were great, no real issues except the fact that he was always busy with work. Which i completely believe but still was an issue for me. He was travelling a lot, working a lot, but whenever he was present he was fully present. So I always ended up thinking that I had to be understanding since it was his career and that he was making the effort when he had the time and was just so good to me . during the summer I got more impatient, he was coming to visit in july but for the first time since we had been together he did not contact me for about 2 weeks.... he vanished. I kept calm but decided I could deal with that anymore. And also kept silent and distanced myself. Come july, he tags me on an instagram post of his to advise me that he arrived to my city. But he obviously did not notice that I was no longer following him. Hence the fact that I never replied to his post. Couple days later he sends a message saying he is in town...So i tell him that he hadn't talked to me for a month so obviously I wasn't ready to see him and that I didn't even know since I was no longer following him on instagram. He got mad... so I told him that my reaction was normal since he disappeared and he actually had other means of contacting me by whasapp or text or just call me. So I brushed him off...felt good about it....and met someone else was with him for about 2 months....but was still thinking of my ex.... broke off with the guy I was with for 2 months.....contacted my ex very casually. He answered saying he was happy that we are back in good terms... and 2 days later even told me that "he always knew we would live a great love story". We addressed the issue and went from there as if nothing had happened. Unfortunately he is always busy ... and he always apologises for it... and our last conversation was him wondering if I was still into him, that he hoped I wasn't too mad at him for not being there that he was coming in december etc.... but when I answered his message he didn't listen to it until 2 days later.... and never answered since then. I tried to contact him to know what was going on.... but to no avail. So I decided to apply the no contact rule.... its been a month... he who is always busy was in contrast very active on social media! more than anytime I have known him! So I kept calm and still diligently continued the no contact rule. It's been 30 days now... and I have greatly improved myself... physically, emotionally and also have come to understand that he means a lot to me and that I have just been very impatient and can not afford to lose him. But I have a hard time understanding how he has not tried to reach out to me....and worry that I would look weak or needy if I contact him now. I would greatly appreciate your input. Thanks a lot!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      If you require closure, perhaps it would be okay to drop him a casual text to check in on him as he may have forgotten to reply (due to his busy schedule) but you should be prepared to end up going through the same cycle all over again if he replies you and you guys continue talking. If its something you feel you are able to handle (the occasional disappearances), then go for it. However if not, you might be better off walking away from all this.
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    • Fabiola
      Hi Ryan! thanks for replying! So I have dropped him a message... a positive one reminding him of a good period we had....he replied positively.... was scared i was mad when it took me long to answer him and asked me if I was mad... that he intended to answer me but whenever he sees my message he is either driving or at a meeting , people are around him all the time... so he said he never does it on purpose. Asked to not get mad at him. And that he will definitely make up for it because he doesn't want to loose me, and said he missed me. He even said that he saw (on instagram) that I was quite busy, and imagined that I had already forgotten about him! So now I am taking it easy...keeping a little distant and letting him do the work...since he said he will make up for it. What do you think? How should I proceed from now on? thanks again for your input!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Fabiola, Since he has said that, perhaps you're on the right track and yes, maybe keep it casual for now so that you aren't too affected by what he does (or does not) do. Take it a step at a time and see if things progress from there. If he is sincere, he will come back to you and make it up to you like he said.
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  • tapplo
    Hello Kevin, I met this guy 11 months back through a group. He fell in love with me instantly whereas it took me some time to understand that I love him too. We had big fights after 6 months or so but we continued to be in a relationship. He told his parents about me and we were thinking of getting married. We fought after that and since then he is behaving differently. Over a month now things are not normal between us. He met me in this time, he cried, he said I care for him like a mother. He said he loves me. Few days back he left for a 60 days holiday. When we meet in person everything is fine. He also met me before leaving. He would share everything about his day and diving experiences. He asked me to leave him several times in this one month. Then recently he started shouting saying that he wants to be alone, he was a loner, I wasted my emotions on a wrong person also that he needs peace and my presence is not letting him achieve that. I continued to be in touch thinking if i will not remain in touch, he'll forget me. I asked him to block me if i was bothering him so much. He did't do it. Past few days I did not get in touch with him by any means. My friends says that he is enjoying his life while you sulk here. Would he come back after the no contact period of 30 days considering he is on a vacation for another 30 days more. What should I do?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, Why not apply no contact for this remaining 30 days and when he gets back, you can decide if you still want to try giving it another shot?
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  • Prasun Yadav
    Heyy Ryan, I have been with this girl for past two years.Two weeks ago we had a breakup.I called her and she was like dont call me ever again,its your problem that you cant get over me.I watched ur video and decided to go on no contact.After a week we saw each other at a party of a common friend and that night we ended up being together and intimate.A hope raised in my mind that she still loves me.I started calling her,texting her but then she refused to talk again.I even said i would change and can do anyhthing to get her back.She refused my idea of being together.She says she doesnt wants to be in any relationship because being in relationship has taken away her freedom.During my relationship I acted jealous and controlled her by always telling her to do this,not do that.Now that she is away i have realised her importance and I really love her.Please suggest me what should I do next to get her back.I also fixed up few meetings but she refused the idea saying that it defeats the purpose of breakup.Do u think she will meet me after when no contact is over.
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  • jason
    I need some serious help! I have been in a very serious relationship for the past 8 months and i truly thought that she was the one for me. She broke up with me for reasons that I have accepted but still says that maybe down the road things could work out for us. It sounds hopeful but it is a really hard answer to get right after the breakup. It makes me wonder why she even broke up with me in the first place and decided not to try and work things out. I would like to start the no contact period but there are still some things that i really need to know that will determine if I really want to get back together with her. The weekend before the breakup was a disaster and not knowing what really happened is leaving me not knowing what to do. I have zero tolerance for cheating but not knowing if she cheated is killing me inside. I have always trusted her to never cheat on me because she has been cheated on in the past by ex boyfriends but things just don't add up that weekend. I feel like in order for me to accept the break up and figure out if i do want to get back together with her then i need to know what happened that weekend. I feel like i have to know and if i were to just go ahead and start the NC period then i will still want to know what happened at the end. That would be bad though cause it will bring up bad memories and show that i have trust issues with her. Should i just go ahead and try to figure out what happened or start the NC period?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Jason, Personally I would tell you to just start NC and let it go but I also understand that it isn't easy to just do that. If you feel that it would really eat you up inside not knowing, then my suggestion is to find out and no matter the outcome, start NC after that.
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  • Ean
    Me and my ex, Myla, dated for over a year. I had told her that we should try to fix things but that only led to us splitting up. I once questioned whether I really loved her or not, but since I've thought about her everyday since we broke up, I think it's safe to say I love her. We go to the same school but we don't have any classes because they were switched. Every time I see her in the hallway i quickly look a way because it hurts because I'm not with her. Sometimes we make eye contact but it is only for, i swear, about a millisecond. She turns around and I look at my phone. When I look at my phone I don't look at anything because I can't get her out of my head. I've been trying to get her out of my head, but everything in my life brings me back to thinking about her.
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  • Prasun Yadav
    Heyy Ryan, I have been with this girl for past two years.Two weeks ago we had a breakup.I called her and she was like dont call me ever again,its your problem that you cant get over me.I watched ur video and decided to go on contact.After a week we saw each other at a party of a common friend and that night we ended up being together and intimate.A hope raised in my mind that she still loves me.I started calling her,texting her but then she refused to talk again.I even said i would change and can do anyhthing to get her back.She refused my idea of being together.She says she doesnt wants to be in any relationship because being in relationship has taken away her freedom.During my relationship I acted jealous and controlled her by always telling her to do this,not do that.Now that she is away i have realised her importance and I really love her.Please suggest me what should I do next to get her back.I also tried fixing some meeting but she refused every time saying that u all get obsessed over me again so it's better we don't meet.Do u think she will meet me after I try contacting her after no contact period?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, This time around, it isn't so much up to you on how long no contact should be and whether you should approach her again but rather, how long before she is ready for another relationship. If you feel that you were controlling and jealous back then, even if you get back together with her tomorrow, the outcome will be the same because she will still feel that she has no freedom. I suggest first working on those emotions for yourself and when you feel like you have a better control over them, then talk to her again. If she isn't ready still, suggest just being friends and slowly build her trust.
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    • Prasun Yadav
      The thing is she has become cold she didn't reply to my text,answered to my phone calls which i eventually stopped doing after that.she even said we cant be friends too because no two people after being in relationship can be friends.lately i have realized her importance in my life and i regret over my mistake.please suggest me ways even to remain friend with her.
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  • John
    Hey Ryan.. 2 months ago i seperated from my wife because i found some texts on her phone from some other guy. She swears it was nothing serious. But for last 12 months she has beeng going out and drinking with her friends,coming home late in the night, so that was also one of the reasons i moved out. Last two months have been really turbulent. She texts me every day, still, but stupid things like, what are you doing? Or, How was the concert? Just like friendly texts. Also like month ago i asked her that we should reconcile (didn't beg), but she told me that she is to confused with her feelings, wants to be alone now, to find herself, she is taking some therapy to chose if she wants to get back to marriage or start a new life. As later i found out she was unsatisfied in our marriage for last 12 months. I tried NC but she would text me every day, and i would always reply. I told her that she has time to decide till 20th november and than we will decide to reconcile or divorce. Anyway that is only a week from today and she still sends stupid text messages that don't mean anything. And i am sure she won't want to reconcile. We were together 7 years, i love her, but for last month she has been keeping me next to her without making any decision. P.S. She is 30,i am 32. Any advice?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey John, Right now, she may be feeling a loss of routine since you guys have been married awhile. That's why she still texts you every day because she isn't used to not being apart from you. However, it's also important to note that not used to being apart from you and wanting to be together with you are 2 different things. You should figure out if she still wants to be with you or not. I suggest waiting till the 20th of November before making a decision on what you should do, depending on the outcome.
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  • Da
    Hi I applied NC for two days. My ex- bf always look at my facebook.He send me message asking such "what are you doing?" But I did not reply. Should I block him from seeing my page and block him from sending me message? Or I should leave him seeing my life in facebook. Thank you
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, I don't think you should block him off and just leave it be (especially if your intention is to get back together with him eventually). However, I don't think you should reply him this early into NC. Complete it first before contacting him again.
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  • bob
    Hi, my gf of 10 months broke up with me, it was on good terms and we spent the next day together (its was long distance and my coach wasn't leaving till the next day), and although a bit awkward at times, we parted on good terms. I have began no contact, and today would have been day 4, but today my ex contacted about one of her belongings i possessed still, and i felt rude not to reply. Do i have to begin no contact again, or is this an exception? it involved a 3 message convo, focused only on the belongings, and nothing else. many thanks!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Bob, You don't have to re-start NC all over as long as your conversation was more of an obligated exchange of texts regarding important matters and as long as texting her did not affect you emotionally.
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  • Me again.... jack
    Ryan.... this might be my last message I just wanted to double check with you if this is a good idea. I have followed no contact for about 18 days We have recently met up for financial reasons and but it off. Now we text quite a bit keeping it light and friendly. We’ve decided to meet up again on Tuesday and we are gonna spend most of the day chilling at hers. We are going to have dinner and watch movies. We were discussing what to have and this text discussion happened: Her: I’m just worried your going to think that we're going to get back together that's all. Xx Me:Why would you think that? X Her:I dunno cuz we're getting on and stuff I suppose x Me:In all honesty. I’ve accepted the break up. Don’t really want the relationship back as it was. If there was or is any chance of it working it won’t be for a while. But we get on well we always have. And if things develop from that I’ll be honest and tell you. X Does everything there seem ok? What should I do next? Thanks Ryan ! Your support through this has helped heaps!
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  • jan
    Hi Kevin, I'm in a difficult situation I guess. My ex cut the relationship a month ago (it lasted almost 3 months before). A week after breakup I sent her an email with the request that I wanted to talk with her about the untold things in our relationship. She then replied she had a little bit of time the week after, because she had a lot of fun things to do, I agreed. Then I read this website, so I realized it was a bad move from me to want contact with her, especially for this reason. What I then did was sending her an email saying I wanted to cancel the meeting. She then replied with asking whether something came up and I was willing to meet on another date, or whether I did not want to meet again. That was a tough one, but I replied something came up, without suggesting another date. 3 days later (i.e.last sunday). She suggested another date. I didn't know what to do then, so I agreed on a new date (this new date is tomorrow). Now I'm not sure, whether this is a good idea to meet her. She arranged this meeting now that's true, but I'm not sure whether she really wants it out of herself, or whether she wants to hear what I've to say as I suggested in the first email. Any thoughts on what to do? Should I ask her motivation why she wants to meet? Should I tell her via email first I'm not feeling the same way anymore as I suggested in my first email to her (almost begging for a meeting to talk about untold things). I'm afraid you will answer when the meeting is over (tomorrow 12h noon Paris time), I don't have a clue what to do now. Thanks!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Jan, Ultimately if you want to get back together with her, you might need to apply the no contact rule in order to regain your composure and improve yourself so that eventually when you attempt to chase her back, she will see you in a different light. However, before you go into this, if meeting her would help with your closure before you start NC, then it would be okay to meet her since she was the one who initiated it. If you feel it may not help, then perhaps cancel with her and just honestly tell her that you feel it may not be appropriate right now and you need some time.
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  • Dave
    Hi Kevin, me and my gf had been a 6 years relationship and broke up recently, she had cheated me once few years ago but she showed to me she was truly regret what she has done so I decided to continuing the relationship at that time. Recently, she had broken up with me and said she love me but being together is so exhausting. She wants to look for another opportunities in the world to find love and happiness. She said if I understand her, I should let her go. Afterward, I had made deadly mistakes #2 & #4 very badly, I begged her to come out to talk about it face to face but she wont. I ask her if we can still be friends she said yes but when I text her she is ignoring me.... At the momenet, I know she is love to spending time with a guy at this moment I dont know if it is her true love or just rebound relationships. For now, I accpected the break up, I can control myself to stop texting her, but I just don't know what to do next, it sounds like she just want to be single but I thought she is just lying to me. I can't totally trust what she said but I don't want to interpret her message. Should I just move on? Thanks
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Dave, As much as you may not want to hear this, I feel it's only fair to say that right now even you can't trust what she says, it doesn't matter because you guys have broken up. Moving on isn't something I can tell you to do explicitly but rather it's really up to you on how you feel about her. If you really want her back, give her some space and time and let her do what she wants to while you focus on yourself as well. Maybe some time in the future when everything blows over, then you could contact her once again?
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  • Andre Thomas
    Hi Ryan so I been doing all type of research on this subject so I want you to understand my situation a little more....me and my ex were together for 4 almost 5 years...she caught me talking to random females on a dating website...but she has caught me talking to random females a lot of times...so now I feel like she was at her breaking point...she kicked me out and will not talk to me...I was begging and pleading her to talk to me...which she would reply once every 50 messages basically telling me everything I didn’t wanna hear...so the break up was Friday...I didn’t text her Monday at all...she texted me once Monday basically repeating everything she been saying because I wrote her a message Sunday...so this no contact rule is scaring me but I feel like I have no other option...any tips for me?? Thank you in advance
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Andre, If you've read our articles, you'll realize that your instincts right now are your worst enemy and should never be trusted. They would cause you to do reckless things and come across as a needy and desperate person which would push your ex further away. Don't spam her phone with texts as it would only make her decision to walk away more permanent. Give her some space right now to cool off (this is why we suggest the NC rule) and focus on yourself (calm yourself down and start trying to think more logically). After this period has passed and you feel more collected and she may have calmed down, then initiate re-contact with her and start things off from there.
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  • R
    Hi kevin. My ex broke up with me four months back after one year of long distance relationship. Since that time, i committed all the mistakes you mentioned. But now she has blocked me on every social networking site. I tried being friends with her, but the past things kept repeating and i kept accusing her even when she silently listened. Now i am panicked. What shall i do?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, Try not to panic and let your emotions get the better of you in the future. For now, if she has blocked you everywhere, the only thing you could do is wait it out and apply the no contact rule until she decides to unblock you. You have to be patient and you can't do anything reckless that might make you come across and needy or desperate if you ever want her back.
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  • Jack
    Ryan, Me again. I ended up having to meet my ex because of financial reasons. Ended up spending 7 hours with her having a laugh and getting on really well. At the end we both said we had a good time and would want to do it again. My question is how I should act now ? Do I go back to no contact ? Or do I just give it a few days and spark up conversation again? All advice appreciated!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Jack, That's a good first step! Well, if you both enjoyed your time and would want to meet again, I think there's no point in going back to NC right? You could spark up conversation again but remember to play it cool.
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    • Jack
      Ryan, I have been doing all the above whilst trying not to seem to pushy with the texts. ( texting to often) but over the phone she doesn’t seem to interested but have arranged to meet on tuesday. I feel lost and confused about the situation
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      There could be a variety of reasons. Don't overthink and jump to conclusions for now until you meet her.
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  • Mary
    Good evening! Don’t know if I’m searching for an advise or just frustrated after break up but I do really like your page. It gives answers to some questions that I couldn’t understand. I just broke up with my boyfriend after 8 months that were more distant relationship. First 6 months (3 months out of it we were together) were really good, of course may be were small misunderstandings but nothing like argues or fights, never. We were apart before but all started when my boyfriend moved from his city to another country for studies. First couple weeks were fine but when I started to mention that he is changing, new place, new friends and parties, all his friends are much younger than him because he is doing his postgraduate and guys are mainly from undergraduate. I started to feel anxiety and tried to talk to him, may be had an intuition that something is wrong, we discussed and sorted all out but suddenly in two days he is calling and saying that he wants a break, he doesn’t know what will be with us on a distance etc. I asked if he met someone, he said of course lots of new people around and girls, but it has nothing with that. It’s more about that he wants some time for himself to think about our relationship, not a brake up, just space. I told him that on a distance it will be hard to sort it out like that. We should somehow spend sometime together to understand what is going on but it’s up to him of course, what I can do. Next day he called by himself and said that once to give us that chance if I’m still fine with him after yesterday. I agreed. In two weeks I went to visit him for 9 days, first days were great but after we went for a short trip to another country for some business meetings. Last two days he was so tensed, I couldn’t understand but tried not to pay much attention and let him to be in his cave because it was quite exhausting trip for both of us, too much on a road. Last evening we were in restaurant, i asked him if everything is fine, he said yes, but just in thoughts. We confirmed that I’ll go with him to the airport next morning. Next morning I woke up anxious because didn’t sleep well and had nightmares, I told him about it. He was also not in a best mood. We went to the airport, he was like that all the way. I thought it’s all we both were not really happy of leaving. He came back, first 3 days were fine, we were texting and calling to each other as usual. And suddenly he is calling and telling me that he decided to stay alone. I asked why he didn’t tell it when we were together but most probably just didn’t find courage. I said i respect decision but can’t agree on that. I made huge mistake of trying to stop him saying that it’s unfair and I can’t brake up like that, we didn’t even tried to work out, we spent too short time together. As well i said it’s just before my birthday that we planned to spend together, actually his idea was just several days before all that for me to come to him to celebrate it together. It was stupid to use that argument that sounded like blackmailing. He was already angry that I tried to stop him. He said: now u will spend it with ur friends instead and I don’t want to be with you. Wished all the best and hanged out. I feel very bad and blame myself for trying to stop him. Now I’m very low in his eyes. Don’t know what to do but most probably here is hard to do anything, he wants to live that new life of his. May be new girls are involved, I don’t know. When I was there I didn’t mention anything. I met his friends, all seemed fine. Very hard to cope with it when I didn’t even had a chance.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Mary, Don't see yourself so lowly. Anyone could have done that in the moment of frustration and upset. However, since it has already happened, I would suggest that give him the space he wants and you too should focus on yourself and just keep yourself distracted (go out with friends, hit the gym, etc) and spend the time recovering from this. Sometimes in a relationship, unfair decisions are thrown onto us and we don't have a say in the matter; but this doesn't mean we don't deserve to be happy at the end of the day. I think you should apply the no contact rule and work on whatever I just mentioned and while you may not forget him entirely, at least this would keep your mind off things and allow you to be functional and happy still.
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  • Cristina
    Hi, so i have been in this relationship for 3 months and my boyfriend told me 4 days ago that he feels he was happier before, that i restricted and took from his freedom, which i admit that i did, and he said maybe it's better to break up. I know he cares about me but when i had an issue in the beginning i talked to him and stayed because he promised we can work things out and we did. Now I find it unfair that he doesn't give me the opportunity to change. He actually told me he doesn't know if he wants to give up on me forever or just needs time. I texted him like crazy the first day, than i saw a therapist which i saw every day since then and i only reply to his texts but with longer texts and i do point out why he should not give up. In 2 days we decided to meet for a dinner. I don't want to lose him but I don't know what to do. I know my mistakes now and i know i would not repeat them. What do you think I should do when we meet? How to react? What if he tells me he wants to break up? I need to calm myself down somehow to not start crying in a restaurant :(
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Cristina, When you meet him for dinner, I suggest you play it cool, regardless of the outcome. If you really want to be with him, it's important that you do not show a weak side that comes across as desperate or needy, even if he feels that he needs a break from the relationship. Try to look at a bigger picture that if he really does decide to end things (in the worst case scenario), you're mentally prepared that you will fight for the relationship and be willing to take time in order to do so. But first, you have to ensure he doesn't end up blocking you everywhere, which may happen if you come across as overly devastated and do reckless things like beg him to stay. Convincing someone you're willing to work things out and change sometimes will take time and the more you push it onto a person at the start, the less the person would probably believe you.
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  • jonathan
    Hi, my ex just broke up with me a few days ago, after a year and a half together (she is 44 and I'm 39) We had a great connection & romance and loved being together, I am truly heartbroken & crushed. At one point I had a drawer there with some clothes and stuff at her house and we did spend a lot of time together. We had mutual things we enjoyed doing together and connected on a sexual level as well. During the last few months, she became distant and we didn't see each other often. Her mother also passed away during that time, which also affected her in many different ways. Finally, she said we need to talk. She felt that the relationship is not moving forward and we are just dating each other basically. We talked a few times about moving in together and having a baby, but she said I have never actually worked hard enough to make that happen & solve all the little details involved with it. She also felt disconnect bc I would always move to a different bedroom on account of her snoring :) so we would never actually wake up together, and I didn't work to solve that in any way. anyway, I was thinking to do the no contact for 20 days instead of 30 since her birthday would be in 20 days so a text with " Hey, I wanted to wish you a happy birthday..." would be appropriate then. What do you think? I intend to follow this 5 step plan completely as its a great advise to take little time and work on myself, date a little & then try to win her back slowly...
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Jonathan, That's sounds okay as long as you have a plan of action for the period. The NC period is meant as a guideline and does not need to be strictly adhered to as long as you're aware of the reason for NC. It sounds fine if you want to text her on her birthday, however if she does not respond positively, continue with NC after the exchange.
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    • Jonathan Zach
      Thanks for the reply Ryan. I forgot to mention something sorta weird... during the talk about breaking up we were at her house. I was upset since I didn't want the breakup, and she hugged me and one thing led to another and we had sex. Then we had some food and I was getting ready to leave. She said "take care of yourself", "I'll miss you", and we hugged and kissed and even exchanged a few jokes. so it was a very positive sort of breakup, where both of us clearly meant something to the other person, and so it was not a clear-cut breakup over the phone...
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Jonathan, In that case, then I don't see why not regarding texting her on her birthday as long as you're able to handle it.
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    • Jonathan
      Thanks Ryan, I did get a text from my ex after applying a week of NC. She texted me: "hi i hope you are doing ok, i have some of your stuff that i can either drop off to you, or you can get it in a week" Does that means she is basically closing the door and want me out of her life, since she wants my stuff out of her place now? Do I text her back?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      It really depends on your situation and context Jonathan. I wouldn't know what her intentions are exactly since I don't know her, but you would know her best. Could it be that the last hookup was more of closure for her? Regardless, since she wants to return your stuff, you should take it first before going into NC again, perhaps even longer than 30 days for your case before initiating contact with her once more.
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  • Mark
    Hello team...may I please have advice.I have been dating my girlfriend for 3 years now,we broke up just a week ago.I started the no contact rule a week ago as well,my girlfriend says she will never get back with me.We have had fights,argued and she says she is tired of that.She is young to be emotionally abused,she is 23 and am 24.We had a nice relationship,she tells me her deepest secrets and I do the same.She wants me to change,she has been wanting me to change but I never listened.I love her too much and am a fool to let her go for my mistakes...so I don’t know what to do to get her back,is there even a chance that she might want me back?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Mark, At the moment, you try to approach her, you may end up pushing her further away. I suggest applying the no contact rule to spend some time focusing and improving yourself (change for the better). If you really want her back, she will need to see the change in you before she may open up again.
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    • Mark
      I should apply the no contact rule for how long,because right now she probably thinks I don’t care about her anymore.Everytime we argue or fight I go the next day to her we fix things now that I am doing the no contact rule she thinks I don’t love or care about our relationship anymore,any advice will b helpful at this moment?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Mark, In situations like these, it might be your insecurities projected onto her instead of how she actually feels. Perhaps you could try once more to see if she will give you another chance and if she does (make sure you do change) but if she doesn't, then apply the NC rule for at least 30 days because if you keep pestering her, it would irritate her and make you come across as a needy person.
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  • Lauren
    Hi, I was wondering whether you can advise me on my current situation. I'm female and was in a relationship for approximately 18 months with another female. Ive been in previous long term relationships however our connection was something different we were so suited but the timing was against us. There were many issues due to her not being ready for a relationship but we gave it ago anyway however generally we were so good together but about 6 months ago she broke up with me after a few weeks of arguing due to how she treated me. I love her a lot and I know how much she loves me however she was not ready for a serious relationship so she couldn't ever put the effort that I wanted in. It made me needy etc however after approximately 4 months of NC we bumped into each other and then started texting. We have been speaking ever since and have met up a few times and about a month ago we said we would get to know each other again. However I couldn't stand not knowing whether she was speaking to anyone else... And I know we were both single but I had to ask and I suppose it turned into a argument and since then she has stated it's just not going to work right now (there's no one else involved) and she doesn't know if she will ever get over us both being with other people during the break up. We met up a couple more times as friends but the connection between us is so strong I'm finding it difficult to see past friends. About 2 weeks ago I told her I couldn't speak anymore because no matter what I was always going to naturally look and hope for more... She agreed but didn't want to not speak but I said I couldn't. Anyway this conversation carried on, changed subject and were still speaking 2 weeks later and even met up and have been closer than we have ever been in the last 2 months! I just don't know what to do because I do want her back as I know despite the bad timing last time we were very good together, we have the same goals, and generally well suited in our morals on our daily life but I don't want to lose her again out of my life but I don't want to break my heart in the process! I just don't get what she wants what I should do or whether to walk away but I don't get how we would be ever able to come back from it if I walk away again as if anything further happened during another period of NC then ... I just don't know ! Advice please , thank you
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Lauren, It seems that she herself isn't sure of what she wants. She cares about you still but does not want to go through the negative aspects of the relationship which is why she tells you she doesn't want a relationship but still want to keep you as a friend. Perhaps it would be good to take things slow and see if there are ways in which you can convince her slowly that being together isn't such a bad idea.
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    • Lauren
      So would you not recommend going back to NC ?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Well Lauren, based on the scenario you mentioned earlier, it would seem like you've already gone awhile on NC before talking to her again. Despite the argument about whether she was seeing anyone else, you guys did move on from it pretty fast and even continued the conversation for another 2 weeks. You also said that you've been closer to her than you ever felt for the past 2 months. In my opinion, this is already sort of considered initiating re-contact. Firstly, do you think that the 'timing' is still bad at this point? If it isn't, and given the time frame for the previous NC, then there's no real point in going back to NC unless your plan is to move on from her completely.
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  • Destiny
    Dear Team, My boyfriend of a year and almost 6 months broke up with me. He has been very depressed and angry and I’ve been making the situation worse because me being a Type A personality want to fix everything. Before we were dating he was like this but somehow there was a feeling that we would still be great together so during this time I’d give him space but also fight for him and show him that someone cared. Even once he told me that we couldn’t keep “talking” to each other and we had no contact for a week before he was at my door. The no contact has begun and I’ve thought about why this relationship is something that could be great and the pros outweigh the cons. While breaking up with me he cried and told me he loved me but he can’t because he was so stressed and overwhelmed. Also, we started dating in college but now have a long distance relationship. This is both of our longest and most serious relationship. In my opinion, the depression and distance and my negative change in my nature (due to anxiety which am now going to counseling for) wore him down. I’m looking to make myself stronger and work on myself to have a better grip on my anxiety. My question is that if there is a way to show him that there is more to this relationship than what he pulled out? Also everything is telling me that history will repeat itself because we’ve even had conversations about if we broke up and he would always say that he thinks he’d take me back because of how much he loves and loved me. My friends didn’t believe that he broke up with me and all are saying he is “burned out and needs to cuddle” type thing and that this is odd even given that we’ve had some pretty bad fights in the past.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, Is your ex currently seeking help with regards to his depression and anger? If no, it would be something you either have to encourage him to do or spend the future being extremely patient with him since outbursts and relapses in negative emotion could happen anytime (similar with your anxiety). If you want to show him that the relationship is worth it, you'll probably have to give him some space for the time being regain his composure (since you felt that you wore him down). Also, spend this time working on your outlook and fixing those issues you may have. Since the depression and distance are 2 issues you cannot control, at least the third one that you brought up is something within your control to try and change.
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  • Ryan
    So this girl and I have been seeing each other for a little over a year now. During this year I have had a really hard time gettting over an ex of 6 years. I have made the mistake of contacting this ex multiple times and each time this new girl giving me another chance. I have in this time let my ex go, can finally say that I have no interest in her being in any part of my life. But, it was this last contact we had that has shown me this. Unfortunately, this last contact is also known by the girl I was currently seeing and I lied when confronted. She has since told me that she cannot be with me right now, to move on. Which to me are conflicting because right now tells me that she is leaving the door open for me to change and show her. We have spoken once or twice and she tells me she loves me still but needs to be happy with herself again. I know I need to do the same. So I’ve began setting up volunteer work, hitting the gym again, and just doing things that will make me happy. She has blocked my phone number but left social media open at which we have had very little contact. She says she doesn’t want to hurt me by it but cannot speak to me right now. She’s told me she wants to be happy with me but since I have broken her trust she only thinks that history will repeat itself. It’s been just over a week since everything has happened and I’ve tried to contact her every day since at which some times were successful. I know I need to start the no contact. I guess I just need some insight and advice. She’s an amazing woman, probably the best things that’s ever come into my life and I knew this before things went south. I don’t want to lose her for good because of my screw ups.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Ryan, Start on NC rule and not contact her for this period as constantly trying to message her will push her further away because it comes across as desperate or needy. Also NC will give both parties some space to distance themselves from the recent events that happened and the negative emotions attached to it. She's definitely given you a chance to prove yourself and to gain her trust again but give her some time to process and time for you to change before approaching her.
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  • Harpreet
    Hey, I have been with my boyfriend for 1year 8 months and he broke up with me. First we went on a break because he felt miserable; before we started even liking each other 2 years ago I had kissed a boy on a night out. This boy was my ex's brother's friend and both of us were single at the time. My ex knew about this and said it was ok because he knew it was before me and him started liking each other. However, the past year my ex got closer with that boy and would tell me he felt shit often because of my past. i tried to comfort him but he kept going on and we were both arguing, we were fed up with the ups and downs so We went on a break for a week and a half, where we completely stopped talking. Then he decided he felt better without me on the break, less stressed etc and broke up with me after 1.5 weeks of a break, but said he'd been thinking about it for a while. I really want him to want me back, so I'm going to do the no contact thing for a month. But what else can I do to make him want me back, as I feel like he's chosen this friend over me. We had a serious relationship talking about the future and I tried to remind him of the bigger picture of our future, but he still wanted to break up. How can I show to him that he shouldn't just throw our relationship away? Or is it truly over?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, If you're really serious about him, perhaps you could try to figure out what the root of the break up was caused by, whether it was an internal struggle he was already facing for awhile or was it primarily because of the friend you had mentioned. If it was the former, spend this NC period working on any issues you may have brought to the relationship and focus on self-improvement so that if you do decide to contact him again after some space, he may feel differently about you, seeing that you've changed for the better.
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  • Amit Bhatt
    Dear Team, she's so insistent on me marrying someone else because she is my brother's sister in law. everyone in my family and her family knows about our relationship. So if I decide not to marry someone else now then all blame will be on her. My family will tell her that you have spoiled my son's life. She doesn't want to listen these type of words from my family. I have told her that I am not going to marry anyone now and do not worry about what people will say to you. I have tried my best to show her how much I love her But she is telling that if you really loved me then marry someone. I will help in searching girl for you. Right now I have told her that ok I will marry someone else, that's why she is talking to me daily but as a friend. I want her back in my life but how I can change her mind I am not able to understand. Is there any way to change her mind? Regards, Amit.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Amit, I guess right now the only thing you can do is to take it slow. If she still is talking to you as a friend, for now you'll have to accept it and slowly try to win her back on a day to day basis again. Charm her like how you did the first time you guys got together and remind her (with actions not words) why she fell in love with you in the first place. If she really does not want to get back together with you despite all that, then it might be a better idea for you to start moving on. You don't have to marry someone else out of pressure but at least let the idea of getting her back go as well.
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  • Azam Solangi
    I have been married for 19 years (including my 1 year engagement period). My wife was having a relation with someone else while she was with me. Honestly she disclosed it to me after a 1.5 years and she was involved physically. I found the pics of her with her boyfriend on bed and some other picnic photographs. It was really shocking for me. I was annoyed and was in anger i made myself cool down and told her that ok no worries lets forget whatever has happened in that last 1.5 years and told her that i am accepting you and lets start a new life. In my life i had many ups and downs financially. She has been claiming that i never paid attention to her, i never gave that touch what she wanted and always replied in short words like yes and no. But very honestly I have been loving her whole heartedly and never expressed her. I gave the liberty to move freely, trusted her blindly, never stalked her on what is she doing or where is she going as i had complete blind trust on her. She took separation from me on 1st july 2017, and this for me was like living in another hell, during this phase every millisecond was of my life was making cry and missing her a lot and i did the same thing which was not suppose to do. i was in frustration and sent the pics to the boyfriends wife on 21st October 2017. as i was thinking my family has been ruined i will ruin his family life. This made her more irritated and now finally she has decided to divorce me, I am still on separation phase and she has told me for meeting tomorrow. I want her to be back in my life, as i still love her and we have two kids as well daughter is 17 years old and son is 11 years. Need your advice what to talk and what to avoid. As she has messaged me that she needs to discuss few things but dont keep any hope. Your help, support or suggestion is required. Thanks
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, I guess you could go and meet her tomorrow but like she says, keep an open mind and don't get your hopes up. Figure out where you stand in all this and if it's a position that can be salvaged. Definitely avoid coming across as desperate or needy and never beg her to stay. You could also tell her how you feel genuinely but don't try to use that as ammunition or pour it out but rather, just tell her as a means to let her know (whatever she wants to make of it is her business, not yours)
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    • Azam Solangi
      Thanks, but we could not meet as she cancelled the meeting. Hoping to meet soon.....will be waiting for her text msg for the meeting.
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  • Amit Bhatt
    Dear Recovery team, I was in a no contact rule with my ex and as per your suggestion I was not talking to her. on day 21 of no contact rule she called me 5 6 times and so i have picked up phone and we had a discussion on our relationship. In that conversation she was trying to convince me to merry other girl. She was telling that our fields are different so its better to merry another girl. For the shake of me at least you have to merry another girl she was telling. Finally I told her that OK I will merry any other girl. Then she told me that she is very happy now and will talk to me daily. She is going to come to meet me also on my birth day on 8/11/2017. So what should I do now? she is talking to me daily as a friend. How can I develop interest in her for me? How can I change her mind to continue relationship with me? I now cannot continue no contact rule anymore I think. What should I do now I cant understand. Please help me. Regards, Amit.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Amit, Your situation is a little different from the norm because not many exes would spend that much effort and time trying convince their ex-partner to marry another girl. Perhaps she really is starting to see you as a friend? Regardless, you should continue to assess the situation and figure out what is going on in her mind before you decide you want to continue the relationship with her. For now, take it casual and treat her as a friend so as to get her to trust you and maybe she may open up to you on why she's so insistent on you marrying someone else.
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  • LaxGuy87
    Hey Kevin, My girlfriend and I dated since we were 20, so its been just over 4 years! We had talked for years about spending our lives together and kids and all that. We had also dated years before, back in high school and broke up and found our way back to each other. But, last week she broke up with me, because she felt as if that she needed to try and see if she can live life on her own. We had been having troubles for about 4 months now, and we were trying to fix the problems in the relationship! But, neither of us really put much effort into fixing the problems beneath the surface, just the problems like not doing anything or just sitting around all day. Note: she wanted to leave back in August, but she also wanted to try and make things work! Originally she had told me that she didn’t feel the same way she use to and that she didn’t know why, but she did know that she didn’t love me anymore! So we talked and agreed to work on things. There was a couple times in the 4 months where she wanted to leave and I convinced her to stay. But, there was also times when I wanted to leave and she convinced me to stay! But, this time enough was enough and she had it, so she packed up and left. I also haven’t had my license this whole relationship (currently working on getting it), She told me that she wanted me to get my shit together and that was one of the reasons she wanted to break up (I just never thought she would actually leave). But, now that she has left I know have to get my shit together. Not for her, but for me! We are classifying this as a “break” with the chance of not getting back together and a chance of getting back together! So we met last Sunday, to talk more about the break up and to get all of our feelings out on the table! When she picked me up, we talked as if nothing had changed and that we were still in a relationship. We ended up talking for over 2 hours and she didn’t really seem like she wanted to leave! She was extremely hungover and was the only reason she left. She even went to drop me off midway through and we sat in my driveway and we decided to go get food. I told that we needed some time and space after the talk and that night she had tried snapchatting me and I told her that I wasn’t ready to talk. She understood and didn’t really seem ok with not talking, but she understood. We had lived together for 4 years, and we lived in my parents basement. As I am a college student and can’t really afford to move out at this time! So, we had lived together for 4 years, and we got to the point where we stopped doing things and just sitting in my basement doing nothing! We also became dependent of each other for almost everything! I feel like we have a good chance of getting back together, I know what I need to work on to make my life better and to make us have a better relationship. I have been getting a lot of mixed info from friends and family. Some say that she wants to get back together and some say I should move on (these people didn’t like her) Just want to know what some strangers think?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Tyler, Personally, I think growth is important in every relationship regardless and when things get stagnant, sometimes that's when parties start finding reasons to be unhappy because they feel that the relationship isn't taking them anywhere. It's a conscious effort to be made and a continuous one at that, where if you want her back in your life (and to stay), that on your own part at least, you have to make changes to improve yourself be it emotionally or actual activities (i.e getting your license like you mentioned)
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    • LaxGuy87
      Thank you Ryan for the response
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  • Payton
    Hey, so I met my ex in high School senior year, she graduated and I dropped out. Her and I dated for 3 years sharing incredible memories. Our friends and family who have been in and out of serious relationships always said how special we were and constantly joked about how we were a "married couple". Like all relationships we would fight and we would have some big fights, but typically both of us failed to fix them. She got to a point where she couldn't be honest with me because it would lead to an argument. She went off to college and Those were the reasons why we broke up the first time, but then we got back together for one more year and we were very happy until about 2 months ago when I moved in. I got very depressed and unhappy, not with us, but with me. I let that distance ourselves and I should have been more honest with her because she could have helped me. We grew apart in 2 months and didn't feel like much of a team. I even ended up kissing someone else, which she claims isn't much of a big deal because she has kissed other people without it really bothering me or us in the past. She broke up with me 2 weeks ago and we haven't talked in a week. She says she broke up with us to save our friendship and that she wants us to still be best friends. I want to respect that and make her happy but I feel like her and I can do that in a relationship. We always envisioned ourselves getting married up until the last 2 months when my own depression started getting in the way of us. I've overcome my depression from myself and I'm working on making my life better for me and finishing school and finding another passion, but I feel like her and I are truly made to be in a relationship. I want nothing more than to make her happy and I believe she wants the same for me but she feels like we wouldn't make it later in life right now even though she didn't have those thoughts before we started going downhill. I intend on the NC period but Is there any specific advice for my situation that I should include? Oh and also, she claims the ENTIRE relationship was unhealthy. But I disagree, we traveled the world together, literally, shared memories that no matter who she sees, it will be hard to compare the passion that her and I bonded with over those memories. She’s up in college and I understand that she’ll probably find a rebound and the only thing helping me be okay with that is remembering that this guy hasn’t had the experiences that her and I did and that it will take a lot for her to find that with someone else. When we broke up she was torn apart and I could tell. And what happens if she wants to meet up at some point before the NC period is over? I’m not sure if this gives anymore insight on my situation
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Payton, Firstly, it's good that you aren't afraid of the rebound guy coming along as we all know that it will never last. Usually people would lose their composure and end up doing something that comes across as desperate which pushes their ex further away. If you both still love each other, and her issue with you right now is honesty and that she feels that it won't work, it's up to you to convince her that it can. However, this is something that you should ease into after the NC period when she has enough time to be emotionally separated from the negative emotions she might have felt leading to the break up.
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  • Jack Dines
    Right Kevin here is a fun one for you, My partner of almost 5 years, came to me and said she thought that we were more like friends. our relationship was quite afflicted with more serious matters from the get go. we lived 600 miles apart and i met her while working away. we decided after 7 months that we wanted to be together so she moved up to my local area ( her decision ). for the 2.5 years after that we were great. we had a few money problems but we worked it out together. as a whole the relationship felt great. and i asked her to marry me. i then got made redundant twice in the space of the last two years which put a lot of strain on her to work harder. we moved accommodation 3 months ago and then just last Wednesday she text me saying she wanted to speak. so basically.... She believes that we are more friends than a couple. she said there isn't anyone else ( which i 100% believe ) but said she can imagine being with other people. now i am sensitive so we both got upset had a little cry but immediately felt we would both be OK if it had to be like this. i proceeded to go to sleep that night on the couch. 30 mins later after going over things in my head she messages me from the other room asking if she thinks i can change for the better ( i was quite lazy around the house and we didn't spend a huge amount of time together ) i went through and said i would try my best. we hugged and talked for a half hour and she went to sleep as she had to be up for work early. now.. over the next day she seemed completely normal. we have dinner together one night and it was really nice we both had fun and great conversation, we had planned a movie night but she had been asked to go out with a friend. she asked if that was alright and i said "if you want to then of course darling". then between Thursday and Saturday we dont get to see each other much. On two occasions she said she would be home at 8-9pm and didn't come home until 10-11pm and went straight to bed. which brings us to Saturday night. she comes home at 10 and started work at 7 in the morning. we chat on the couch she gives me a kiss and says she is going to bed. i say i am coming to. we lay in bed and i begin to ask her how she is feeling. we talk about everything again and she decides that we feel more like friends. que my questions, i want to do NC but we have quite a lot of things tied together. for example joint bank accounts and my name is on the lease of the tenancy we also have a few joint debts that we were working to pay off before the split but agreed to half of it each when we ended. i said i wanted to get this sorted if we are officially over and she said that she didn't see the rush and does not see the need to split the accounts and that until we are fully over. i have insisted we spend a day to go around and sort things out. i was quite needy and have texted her a lot but i am on day 3 of NC now. here is my question. should i cancel meeting up with her on Monday ( 5 days away ) and leave it as it is for the 30 days no contact. and then use that to meet up with her after the 30 days? let me know your ideas a couple of things you might want to know about me: I have just gone self employed as a electrician and just over the last few days my business is jumped up. i am a confident person however since my last two redundancies i have been feeling quite down and a be recessed. ( i.e staying in watching tv/playing video games over going out ) i like to think i am funny. everyone around me thinks i am funny. she loved my humour and i used to make her laugh all the time.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Jack, Since you're already on the no contact rule, perhaps you could let her know that now is not a good time to meet and say that you need some space to yourself first if things are going to be officially over. This also gives both parties some room to see if the 'friends' outlook was caused by her being too comfortable around you - since passion inevitably slows down after some time into the relationship. At the end of the NC period, then sit down and talk to her and both of you can come to a final decision from there.
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    • Jack
      Ryan ( sorry i thought there was only a kevin :L ), my issue is that she is determined she still loves me but isn't in love with me. i know my feelings about her and i know when we were back in the first 3-4 years we were great. i want to bring that spark back when i finally do arrange to see her, i know i need to evaluate my inner self to find those reasons as to why the passions gone. i left her the rented flat and moved back to my parents house. she was gutted that i was leaving but my confusion as to why we were doing this made me constantly text her asking what is going on. i suppose as with everyone i am worried about the unknown what do i do if she messages me in the 30 days saying she thinks shes made a mistake? what if she messages me about something to do with the flat, money or bank accounts? i know my parts to blame in this whole mess and as i am sure you have heard before i wish i could take it back. Ryan, i suppose i am curious as to what shes thinking. why break up the first time and instantly retract it ? why after we just moved house? Why would she be acting %100 normal the day before Wednesday. its all so complicated :'(
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Well, no one enjoys ambiguity and that contributes to why you feel so lost and confused. The way I see it, there are two roots to your issue right now: The ambiguity of the situation and how she feels; and the lack of spark she feels from you. For the former, sometimes it can't be helped and there isn't much you can do to make the situation clearer until the other party decides to be upfront about it. For that, you'll just have to be patient and not lose your composure to 'wanting to know'. For the second reason, like you mentioned, do figure out how you get that spark back (it's never impossible) - and basically win her over again. If she texts you within the NC period, you're free to reply her at your discretion - but do keep it casual and to the point especially if she's asking about administrative stuff regarding the flat, money or bank accounts.
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    • Jack
      Thanks for the advice I think I’m going to delay the meeting until I’m in a better frame of mind. I feel like feelings/neediness wants her back and my brain hasn’t had any time to kick in. I suppose i should take a step back and accept the worst before trying for the best. Thank you
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    • Jack
      Bit of an updat Ryan. I told her that I didn’t think meeting on Monday was a smart idea as it was quite soon. She seemed disappointed and said how about Wednesday? I don’t know what to do.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Do you feel ready to meet on on wednesday? What I can suggest is to be honest with yourself and how you feel. If you feel ready, then meet her. If not, you're probably better off arranging for a later date.
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    • Jack
      I don’t think I have accepted That it’s over. I find myself thinking that maybe it will work out all the time. Part of me doesn’t want to meet her in case she says she still doesn’t want us
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      In that case Jack, give yourself the space you need. If you really want her back, use this space to work on the issues you may have had like mentioned in earlier comments.
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  • T
    Hi Kevin, Great website! I'm 39, she is 42. Long story short and I'll get to the major points: In a brutally honest, long term loving relationship for 13 years with a single mother living in another country. I visit her once or twice a year and talk daily through social media. Financially took care of her and her daughter up to college as well as her aging mother. Her family and friends adores me, my family disapprove due to cultural differences but I'm culturally open. We've had minor fights that we overcome over the years but they seem to get more intense as the years pass by. She ended it yesterday in what I can describe as amicable from both of us. She thinks ending it will make her happy, and I want her to be happy if that will make her happy! She wants to end it because she doesn't "feel young anymore", and I don't care about her age! Also she wants to get married and live like normal couples, but that is extremely difficult on my part as my country makes it extremely difficult to marry from her country. I would marry her if I could. She thinks I'm fun loving and don't future plan, while she is future planning and worries about the future. Its been one day now, and I think its a good time for both of us to self reflect, but I'm not sure if this one will too pass off as the previous minor fights or if this is permanent. No question in particular, but a neutral observation/comment/opinion/suggestion from you would give me clarity!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, Well, in long distance relationships, misunderstandings can happen a lot more than the typical relationship since both parties don't see each other as often and there's more room to overthink. Also when fights happen, it becomes harder to simply meet them and apologize or make up and resolve things. Perhaps, give each other a little space, and have a proper talk to her and share whatever you've written down here when both parties are in a good frame of mind. Communication is really important here as both parties don't seem to not love each other but rather, the constant misunderstandings and lack of communication cause the fights to happen.
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  • Paul
    Hi Kevin, so I have a Long Distance Relationship with my girlfriend, but for a variety of reasons we agreed on taking a break from each other, she needs space and time so we agreed on No Contact except urgent stuff and no "other people", becuase is just a break. It doesn't have a certain time limit, but as it is associated with stress and her Uni, my wild guess is that by the end of her semester (mid-December) things may cool down. She's having a tough time right now in her life in general (struggling with Uni, problems in her family, can't stand being home) and eventually our relationship kinda "freezed" her feelings... basically she lost the attraction, but not the way she feels and cares about me. The thing is, I can't know for sure how long this break is going to take, because even if NC is over, she may still be struggling with all of this, I guess I need to "feel her out" after NC to try and see how things are going. But what is your advice? One other thing, probably she's going to contact me for my birthday, do I answer her? She also said she's going to give me the tracking number of a package she's going to send me for my birthday (she already prepared it 2 months before this).
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Paul, Since your break up was essentially a 'break' more than a break up, I would suggest that you could still reply to her regarding your birthday. Additionally, if you want to contact her after the NC period, you should be mentally be prepared to be extra supportive of what she's going through and avoid adding more stress to her (fights, disagreements, etc) since that may result in another break or even a break up this time. Thread carefully and ease it in to show her that you can be supportive of her struggles since that's what couples do.
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  • Charisse
    I am leaving this comment because I find Kevin's daily emails really useful, and I thought he is the only one who could give me the best advice. My scenario is pretty unique(i think), and I could not find a suitable solution or suggestion anywhere, so I am here to ask for help! So here it is: My bf(25yrs old) broke up with me(20yrs old) a month ago. We had been dating for 1yr3months, and it's the longest relationship for both of us. We broke up not because we don't like each other, but it's because he told me he had to focus on himself. He said he always wanted to save up to buy a truck and a house. We were a long distance relationship(LA and SD), so he said he wanted to be selfish about his time and money from now on. He said he is almost halfway through 25 now, and he wants to have some change in his life. He said the breakup was a hard decision, and he considered it for quite some time. He said he gets distracted easily, and he doesn't think a relationship is good for him for now. He keeps telling me that he still likes me and that he is not talking to no other girls. I am pretty sure this is true because he gave me his logins for everything, and he really was not talking to anyone else. Anyway, after the broke up, I tried to not talk to him, but I broke the no contact rule twice. He texted and called me once after the broke up. He told me that I could call him whenever I want(what is this for? what is he thinking?) He also told me that we can hang out sometimes and do "boyfriend girlfriend thing" like hiking, going to the beach, and etc. What does he want?! I am really confused. After breaking up for a month, we actually spent time together at a festival this past weekend. He said he still likes me a lot, that's why he only wanted to hang out with me at the festival. He was really happy when he sees me, and he even told me that if he wants to talk to girls again, I am the next one on the list. We spent two days together, and my friend told me we were just like a couple. Honestly, this weekend we were as if we went back to the time when we first started dating. Everything was sweet and cute... He even said that he was gonna come see me next week. But.... Today, he started replying me on snapchat, which he hasn't done since the breakup. But then later I asked him whether he could give us one more chance since we had a great time(I know I screwed up). He was silent... He said he was perfectly fine when he was focusing on himself. He was saving up, going to the gym, eating healthy, and sleeping early. He said he wants to crush his goals. He said relationship is too much pressure for him... And now he said he's not coming up this week anymore.......... What should I do? I am between giving up on us and trying for one last time. I'm mentally tired. :'( Thank you really much for reading my comment. I really need some help!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Charisse, To better help you understand the context of a male, you have to know that there are strong internal obligations and a sense of responsibility most males will feel and go through at a certain age where he starts thinking about his future. That's not to say that he doesn't love you but right now, his priorities and focus can't be on you because he feels that the obligation to fulfill his duties come first. It may be possible to convince him that you can support him on his decision and that you'll be able to wait for him while he works on improving himself, but it definitely won't be easy. Moreover, I feel that since he's working hard to improve himself, you should do the same, so that you too are able to grow as a person.
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  • Abigail Johnson
    Hi Kevin, My ex broke up with me 5-weeks ago. We were in a relationship for 4-years. A healthy, strong,loyal, loving. respectful relationship. We lived together and were planning and implementing steps for our future. To say I was blindsided is an understatement. He loved me more than anything - I just didn't/don't understand. During the 5-Weeks, I have had to contact him - moving out, separating bank accounts etc. Basic admin. But I have always been the one to reach out. I have also made the fatal mistakes of contacting with "long messages". I found out that he is "talking" to another girl he works with. They were talking a week after we split. She is the exact, polar opposite of me in every single way and also about 6-years younger. A young, care-free, easy girl. My ex is not the type for casual hookups and they fact they talk a lot makes me think its more. The reason he said he broke up with me was to "find himself" and just be on his own. He has been in relationships(long term) since he was 16(he is now 30). Three - One after the other.So it baffles me as to how he could be with someone so quick. I have confronted him about it(fatal mistake, I know) and he says he is still single, he just enjoys talking to her and her company and he assured me it was not the reason for the breakup. He was always loyal - I do believe this(even if I sound silly). I am not sure now what the nature of their relationship is. Last week, I have deleted all means of communication with him. I deleted his phone numbers and all means of social media. It has been a week of official no contact. The thing is, I think he is so focused on his new girl that he is completely over me. I am not entirely sure where to go to from here. I don't know the person he is being. I feel like I don't know him at all anymore. I am in the process of working on myself and I feel good about that. I would not want to get back together until I was 100% me again(I lost myself in our relationship). But I feel like if I reach out after no-contact it will be me, once again, reaching out. Do I just focus on myself, having a good time with friends and be the best me and wait for him to contact me again? I do want him back but I would want him back on different terms. He would have to be a better person than he was(and is being). Same applies to me. However, I am not sure if this is just wishful thinking? Thank you!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Abigail, Firstly, the relationship he may have jumped into and the reason he's so focused on it right now could be that she's a rebound for him. Regardless, as you say, even if you want to get back together with him that it should be on different terms so spend this period of time focusing on yourself and creating a better version of you. That's the least you could do for yourself and when the time comes, if you decide that you still want to talk to him again, at least you're no longer the same person you once were. As to whether he would change or not, is a entirely different story, but one that you cannot control.
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  • Nikky
    Thanks I got this site, I met a guy in April online and we had such a great connection we come from same state and have a lot in common , we live in different countries and he was planning of visiting by December, he always put me in his future plans and talked about marriage with me, I'd thought we were meant to be, I even prayed about him severally, most times I'd notice he'd say when he comes back we would have sex, if I object he gets angry, but we talk the following day and laugh over it, sometime in August he asked me to send nude pics and I politely refused, that wasn't the first time, he didn't talk with me till the following day, I called him and he disrespected me so much, called me names such as being selfish and said it wasn't compulsory we communicated everyday, and even see when he returns, I cried as he spoke to me, that did not move him,i told him to act like a Christian he claims to be and ended the call, I unfollowed him on face book, and he called on what's app, I didn't respond, he sent several messages that day, I ignored, the following day he told me he wouldn't bother me again, a week later he says hi, I responded and he gives me this cold response, after about 3weeks ,I apologized for blocking him on facebook and tell him I miss us, and he says he misses us too, following day, I try to chat him and he continued responding coldly, I told him I was only checking on him, and he says I should stop checking on him it's no longer appreciated. I told him off the following day and broke up with him, it's been almost 40days we haven't said a word to each other. Truth is I wish this didn't happen, how do I get him to contact me, I'm afraid of getting another cold response so I haven't said a word to him, his birthday is in 7days ,do I wish him happy birthday? How do I get us back together?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Nikky, Firstly, although you wished it didn't happen, I felt you did the right thing. You deserved to be respected as a person and if you object to doing something, your partner should respect that wish. He may be treating you coldly because he wanted something more sexual which you objected to (no wrong in that) and having said that, you may be better off finding someone who would treat you with respect and dignity. Having said that, if you still do want to be with him, I guess you could wish him happy birthday but leave it at that and see how he responds to it.
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  • Anthony
    Hi Kevin, My girlfriend broken up with me due to my inability to change and she was afraid of being together with me and go through all the things I had done to her. So me being an emotional wreck, I kept begging for her to come back and said that I would change this time. Which didn’t work. I started using NC for a week and I went to drunk text her and I got blocked. We had a relationship for 10 months now and I’m still having a hard time accepting it and falling to depression. Is there really no more chance for me? I gonna change for real this time.. because she’s worth it...
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Anthony, Try to complete the no contact period before trying anything again and if you really intend to change, show it to her with actions and not words because that will have a stronger impact.
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    • Anthony
      Thanks for the reply! Appreciated it. But is there anyway for her to unblock me? If she doesn’t, I don’t know of any ways to communicate with her after the NC.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Perhaps you could try other forms of social media (but don't make it too apparent) - if not, unfortunately, you'll have to extend that no contact period until she decides to unblock you. Trying anything else may come across as too desperate and that might scare her further away.
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    • Anthony
      Does writing a letter changing my number seems to desperate that will drive her off?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      I don't follow Anthony, do you mean writing a letter to let her know you've changed your number?
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  • Jan
    Hi, I was with a girlfriend for about 2.5 months. In September 2016 I started a 4-year drawing class in the evenings. and I got to know her from there. I never suspected it, but she started to make the first moves to let me know she liked me during last spring and summer. She was back then for instance complaining she didn't know with whom to go on holiday with, but that she probably would go alone. I then suggested we could go together, and we both liked the idea very much. We went on this holiday and the rest is history. History indeed, because she broke up 3 weeks ago. I think she said she felt a lack of love in the relationship lately, I guess I didn't always listen carefully to what her unfulfilled needs were etc, or understand her hints to talk about this. In the middle of the night we had some discussion, and I didn't feel talking there that moment as I was tired, and I just went to sleep. I think she felt hurt. The next day we both went to work, and I saw her again only a few days later during which she broke up with me. We though had a great times in the relationship too, especially during the first two months, and she said many times she experienced it the same. I just came across your website, which sounds like good advice, but I did made some mistakes according to your plan. I'm not texting her often, quite the contrary, but I did let her know via email 3 days ago (3 weeks after the breakup), I am thinking about her a lot, and that I would like to have a walk with her to talk about untold things. She agreed, and in her reply she didn't say anything that she's thinking about me too, but only talks about with great new things she is doing lately, and that she only has time to walk and talk with me during a few hours, next Sunday. All the other times she is busy (which she usually is not so much, because we mostly met every day before, sleeping together in either her or my apartment). Now I feel I may come across needy indeed, because I ask for a walk and talk with her because I wanted to talk about the relationship, and that I think a lot about her, she replies she wants to walk, but she only writes in the email about the fun times she has with other people and things, and that she has a tiny hole in her agenda next Sunday where we could meet. How do you think I should reply? How would you respond to this email in this situation? By the time you answered I might already responded to her that meeting next Sunday will be ok (I would not know what else to do). Any advice when I'm in that situation too? Sometimes I saw her in the drawing class too (this week is a holiday though), so the no contact rule was not applied. I could perhaps go much less to drawing class for a while? Many thanks!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Jan, Since you have arranged to meet her already, go through with it but during that time, do not come across as needy or keep bringing up that you miss her. She's showing you that she's able to carry on with life and do things despite the break up and you should too. Also, don't skip your classes since you've already made the commitment there but perhaps read our post on handling work and situations where you have to see your ex.
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    • jan
      Hi Ryan, thanks for the good advice man. I still have one follow-up question though to your response: Will it be for sure the best thing to do to go through with the meeting I set? I arranged the meeting before I came across this website, and the main purpose was to say what I think what went wrong in the relationship, and how I miss her. This doesn't sound like a good idea anymore, so I wouldn't know what to talk about really on this meeting? The fact I asked for the meeting, while she's not making contact to me on her initiative for weeks already makes me needy in my opinion now. Any advice an what to talk about on this meeting, or for a reason to postpone or even decline the meeting? best! PS why not put a donate button somewhere on the site?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Jan, Now that I understand the context a little better, perhaps its best that you reschedule that meeting to a later date. Spend this time focusing purely on yourself for now and when you feel more ready and have made some changes to your life, then you could contact her at a later date to discuss those feelings if you still want to. The most important thing is that when you're discussing those feelings, it should be a discussion that doesn't affect you and set you back into a cycle of hurt and sadness. You could postpone the meeting by saying something cropped up or else just be vaguely honest saying that you feel both parties need time before meeting to discuss and you aren't ready to at this stage. ps: that's something we will consider but at the moment we do have a product that goes more in depth than the blog in helping individuals cope with their break ups
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  • Sam
    Hi kevin I broke up with my boy friend yesterday. And this is the 3rd time in on year. The reason behind is his laziness to take decisions in his own life. Since day one it was clear that we speak with each other in order to decide to commit officially. Since we started talking and he keeps postponing this major point. I came to ask him once if he likes me and find me good enough to commit. He answered yes but he is not ready yet to commit. I waited for him for so long till his calls disappered and his text msg became rare. Then i took my last desicion to leave him till he makes up his mind. He shocked me with his answer of me being pushy and pressured him and that he is not sure if its gonna work though he wants it. But still he is not ready and i may go ahead and break up and find other guy coz i deserve better chances. What shall i do?? pls advise me!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Sam, If you feel that you want a committed relationship but he isn't able to give you that, then it's only fair to yourself to move on and find someone who will give you what you need. Sometimes people at different stages of life have different frequencies and he may be ready to commit one day down the road but it won't be fair to both parties that you're constantly waiting indefinitely and he is pressured by you to commit.
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  • Hannah
    Hi, I hope you would be able to give some advice in my situation. I broke up with my boyfriend of 7 months over 2 months ago. The main reason for the break up for wanting to focus on his career and he didn't have time for me. The break up was a mutual decision. I did the no contact for 30 days then messaged him. He replied very nicely and also said that he misses me. I said I miss him too but left it there. We kept texting for a while and spoke on the phone once. It was very emotional for me and I think for him too. He said he was really hurt because of the break up. I told him that I still miss him and hope there would be a chance for us to get back together. He said it would be nice to catch up and also we kind of agreed a date for the meet up. When I couple of days after asked him to confirm the date he never responded. We did text a bit afterwards, he also replied to me. But then he stopped completely responding to me. Is there anything I can do to make this work?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Hannah, Perhaps you could talk to him to figure out what happened and why he suddenly stopped replying you?
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  • Monica
    Hi Kevin, Great advice here. Thank you. More about my situation, I'm married and have 2 small kids. My husband had an affair for over 1 year and has not let go of his "friendship" in my eyes. He just moved out. How long do you think my no contact should be? how do I handle this with small kids? my no contact will be hard considering the kids, do I tell him that i want to minimize contact or do i just start avoiding him? with the holidays approaching i'm getting cold feet on the separation. guidance is greatly appreciated. :)
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Monica, firstly, be strong. If he has not let go of his 'friendship' at this point, you should not give in to him and let him back. It's not fair to you or your kids. The no contact period should be done as long as required and you don't have to avoid him completely but just tell him that you feel its better for both parties if he wants to continue being involved with another person.
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    • Monica
      Thank you.
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  • Ali
    Hi, I want your advice. We were 2 years together but before that we were 4 years best friends. He ended our relationship with tears in his eyes because he was not in love anymore. He still likes me, but not enough for a relationship. He said he hoped he didn't make the mistake of his life. I was too jealous and too negative because of the situation with my parents. I was very jealous because my other ex cheated on me. I want to be more positive and since the breakup I'm working on it. I didn't text him since the breakup but he went to my sister to talk. We have a lot of common friends and we still put some snaps in our group. He said to my sister he hopes we can be back best friends like before because he still thinks I'm a wonderful woman. It's now been 2 weeks since the breakup and I didn't hear from him personnaly (instastory and snapchat in group happened). He still has my gopro and a lot of things I need... What do you think about it? Is there a chance for me to get back to him?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey there, I suggest since you have gone 2 weeks without talking to him, perhaps complete another 2 weeks to give both parties some space and to work on your trust issues before asking for your stuff back. In situations like these, its normal that the spark is lost and he ends up seeing you as a friend again because of the history you have as best friends so it's important if you want him back that the spark/passion needs to be created to allow him to see you as more than friends.
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    • Ali
      And how can I make him fall in love again with me? We met two weeks ago, he was hurt he said he still have feelings for me, but not enough for a relationship. Before being again bestfriends he want to give me the time to lose my feelings for him. We meet again in 2 weeks because we have mutual friends. After we met the first time, I wanted to continue the NC, but he texted me to ask me where I was when he saw I was at a party, he texted me for the spotify, he still has contact with my sister. But he said to his bestfriend (I still have contact with his friends) that he is over me, totally done and he wants space. Do you think there is still a chance?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      There's definitely a chance if you're patient. Right now, if you push things, he may end up walking away. I can't tell you exactly how to make him fall in love with you again, but perhaps you could think back to when you guys first got together, and how it happened and felt. If you're able to re-create those feelings, he may fall for you once more. Like I said, it's normal for long term relationships to fall out of spark because they become stagnant, hence why it's important for long term couples to continuously do things to keep the spark and not let the relationship become too boring.
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  • Annie
    I broke up with my ex in a fit of anger. I had an unhealthy tendency of doing that, but he told me that last time was the final straw. After a couple days of thinking and lots of therapy sessions. I realized that this relationship was something I truly cherished. I went back to him and asked for him to give me another chance. He said that I could move back in and prove that I could be a decent human being. But because he also gave me a limited time frame, I got desperate to prove to him that I could be better. I bombarded him with affection and constant questioning about our relationship. Finally after a week of suffering, he told me that he was done, and that it really was completely over. He said it was fine if I continue to live there as long as I don't have expectations that we get back together. He told me not to act like we are still together in front of friends. We were still sleeping together during all of this too.... He told me that he needs space and that although he loves me a lot, the stress of the relationship now outweighs his love for me. I am madly in love with him and he told me I need to live with him as a friend. How do I get him back at this point? Is it too late?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Annie, I don't think it's too late. However, there are issues you may need to spend time working on. At the moment, it's best you give each other some space and move out if you're able to and apply the no contact rule. By continuing to live with him at right now, you'll only constantly remind him of the bad memories since both parties have not had time to recover. Also, since you already know it's not healthy to use break ups so casually as each time you do, it'll make walking away easier on both parties, so it's something you need to work on too.
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  • Ara
    Dear Kevin, I Just got out of a relationship that we both took very seriously. We were crazy about each other and madly in love. We planned our futures together and thinking that all of that is out the window now is just gut-wrenching. We are currently at different colleges but I am planning on transferring quite soon. I am feeling depressed and broken now so I know when I move I will feel a bit better because I have friends at the new school. It is so hard, but after reading your steps I am aiming for the no contact rule right now. Even though after the initial breakup I did try and talk to him by the end of that week I started the no contact rule. The hardest thing for me to deal with besides not having him right now is that I feel dumb for making plans and just celebrating our anniversary. I am trying to stay busy with friends so I have made advanced plans with them and when I am out and about I don't feel as sad. When we were breaking up he said that it wasn't really anything I did but that he needed to build a stronger relationship with God. He doesn't think that we are part of God's plan and he needed time. That was so hard for me to hear but I am trying to respect it and give him time. Just because we aren't the same denomination, we are both Christians that have same core beliefs so I am trying to build a relationship for myself also. We are both in our early 20s and we were together for almost 2 years. At one point he wanted a break that lasted a week and he initially thought that breaking up would be good for him but he said he instantly knew that was not the right choice.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi there, It's great that you've read our blog and have a plan to establish no contact already. Since you already have a good plan, focus on that and everything will be fine. If he needs to form a closer relationship with God, it's good that you are able to give him the space he needs and respect that. This will show him you are able to respect his strong faith in his religion, which I'm guessing he's a lot more staunch than you are?
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    • Ara
      I guess we are both very into our faiths but the reason for the breakup was that he wanted to be stronger in his and really find out God's plan for him. He said he "wants" God's plan to be us but he isn't sure. He said that he is not saying we won't get back together but he is not promising we will. He has since been posting on social media seeming like he is all calm and cool. it hurts and I feel like I can go a few days being okay and then everything hits me again when I see his feed. I am having such a hard time and constantly wondering if he is too or if he thinks about me as much. I see him watching my snapchat stories and him following his previous ex that broke his heart. What could this mean? I am trying to relax and not believe my first instincts like I read in the posts after I calm down I think so much more rational. My NC for 30 days should end about Thanksgiving break when we will both be in our hometown. That's when, if I want to still, I will reach out. How does that sound?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Ara, That sounds good. It's great to see you follow our advice and you seem to know how to handle this well. Like you say, try not to follow your first instinct and lose your calm in the process but rather, be rational about the situation and not overthink it. During this period, try your best not to obsess over him and how he feels or thinks but just spend this time working purely on yourself.
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    • Ara
      Is there anything else I could be doing better. Do you think we might have a chance in the future. I'm trying to give him all of the time and I feel like he might start to miss me.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      In my experience, there's always a chance but it all boils down to what people do with that chance. Right now, 'God' could be a convenient excuse to use in place of the reason he may not be telling you. This is why it's important to focus on yourself and improve yourself so that if you do want him back down the road, you could make him want you back because of the changes you've made in yourself that attracts him back to you.
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  • John
    Hi Kevin, I was in a relationship for 6 months and my girl saw a message on my phone of me flirting with another girl but I never cheated and she knows this. Before we started the relationship, she told me once she cant trust, she cant date so she broke off immediately after the incident. All through the relationship, I was the person more in love and I know she liked me a lot but not as much as I loved her. This is the reason why I think she is really gone. I begged, cried, and got used as a doormat (even sexually) but she didn't take me back. I have decided to establish the NC rule (4 days and counting). The problem is we live together and I am lucky to be away for work but I move back home in 3 weeks. How do I continue the NC rule? Do I need to move out? What happens if she doesn't respond positively after the NC? Do i give up & move on? Confused. At what point do I give up?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      hey John, It seems in your case, perhaps use this 3 weeks to apply no contact. When you return, you can initiate re-contact to see how it goes. If she does not respond positively, then it may be a better idea to move out so that you'll be able to move on too. The no contact rule and moving on may give you a fresher perspective to see how things could possibly mend situations (should you still wish for it further down the road)
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  • Lam
    Hi Kevin, can you provide some help of building the relationship after NC in order to keep it permanently? After NC, we talked about what's wrong with the previous relationship (Yes, we talked logically, not just blaming each other). We don’t share much common interest, hobbies even time table so it was a hard time when we are in relationship. We both tried to make some changes to cater to each other but it is not working.. We know in the deep of our heart we are loving each other so much so we talked about the break up reason, both we think we are not the perfect one and we deserve a better partner…. So we are doing some push/pull behavior recently and I start to think about should I just let her go and never look back. I know it sounds crazy but we have been 8 years and loving each other so much. I don’t know what’s wrong in this relationship and I think we are willing to do some changes to improve it if needed… Thank you.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Leon, Every relationship has different circumstances to it and most often, the changes/compromises that need to be made, you guys will be better aware of it than anyone else. If it's a problem with schedules, perhaps see how you guys can have a common understanding on when to meet during your free time, etc. If it's communication issues, sit down and talk things out to come to a consensus on how you address misunderstandings and fights.
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  • Joy
    My ex left me about 3 weeks ago, after I had left to Argentina for two weeks for a study abroad program. When I came back, we celebrated with family and the next day spent the day together happily. We even talked about getting a dog together and we slept together. Suddenly, the next day, he came back LATE from work in the morning (he worked graveyard) and said that he wanted to break up..We were together for nearly four years and had recently moved in together into our first apartment alone. I tried to talk to him and convince him to try and work on our relationship but he wouldn't give me a straight answer as to why he wanted to break up and was not really interested in working it out. He kept saying that he was happy being single while I was gone, then He said that he was tired of arguing but we hadn't argued in a very long time, then he said that the relationship was hard work and he was tired of trying. This was a day long event and for a second there he said he would work it out even though he knew he wasn't going to change his mind. The worst part was when I tried to kiss him and he would close his eyes and close his mouth tightly as if he was grossed out by me..After a day of trying to work things out, I had asked him if it was because he wanted to see other people and he finally admitted and said yes. After that, I packed all my stuff up and left immediately. A week later, I was dying to hear from him and talk to him to once again try and work it out. When we spoke, he seemed happy. And he then proceeded to tell me that he had been talking to someone from work. I'm not stupid, and I know that these things don't "suddenly" just happen.. I'm sure he had been talking to her for a while. I found out that he had already had sex with her and it just broke my heart..The worst part of it was that he would always joke around and tell me that I would one day be a nurse and leave him for another nurse or doctor. And sure enough he was the one to leave me for another nurse... I love him so much, aside from this incident, he has always been a great person and boyfriend to me and I don't want to lose him. I guess I just want to know if he is really done with me. He told me that he will always love me but because we spent 4 years of our lives together, not because he is IN love with me anymore.. I know that ever since I started nursing school it has been difficult. I have had to rely on him a lot and it has been emotionally draining. But we had always worked it out. I just need to know what to do...I want him back. I just need to know if I have a chance in being able to..
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Joy, If the break up seemingly happened so sudden, it might have been on his mind for awhile now? In this case, there's nothing you should do at this point to try and chase him back because it'll only backfire on you. I can't say that there's a 100% chance to get him back, but what I can suggest is that you take this time to apply the no contact rule with him in order to work on yourself. Improve yourself as a person and recover from the devastation first. When that is over, assess the situation (and yourself) again before deciding if it's something you want to go for.
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  • Amit Bhatt
    Dear Sir/Madam, Please go through below situation with my ex. And suggest me what should I do now. I will follow all what you will suggest. my girlfriend who is my brother’s sister in law. we are in a deep love from 3 years. my age is 33 and her age is 22. she is in acting field. and myself is a service person earning good. problem is that we both have talked about our relationship to family members. after that all fortunately agreed. and then they decided to complete the ring ceremony. but my X refused to got engaged as she is in acting field. she told to wait for more 2 years. after that I told her that dont worry you continue your study. but one day suddenly what happened to her I dont know, she decided not to marry with me any more. I tried to convince her what is the problem and she told me that I want to focus on my carrier now. I dont want to repeat this type of mistakes again. I tried to convince that you focus on your carrier no problem but why are you ending our relationship? but she is refusing all these. She has now carrier only in her mind. she is talking with me daily but with no feelings. and if I tell her to meet she refusing to meet me. but she is talking with me daily in normal way. She calls me, message me daily and also telling me that I have seen many dreams with you but all are now be a dreams only ..she has decided in her mind that she has a long carrier and I can't marry right now. How to change her mind . What should I do to get her back. I have started no contact rule and on 5th day of no contact time she contacted me but I have not talked to her. After that she daily sending messages to me but I have not replied. But on 13th day of no contact rule she messaged me that I have some work and unfortunately I have broke the no contact rule and talked to her. In that conversation she told me that merry another girl. If you love me truly than please merry other girl. And I was telling her that I am not able to live without her. I dont want any other girl. But she is telling that you are not able to understand me. I have then stopped talking to her again. So now what to do I dont understand. what should I follow now. Should I continue no contact or should I talk to her? Please help me. I am ready to do all the things you suggest to me but please help me in this matter . If I could talk to you on phone then please provide me the number , I will call you . Regards Amit Bhatt.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Amit, Perhaps right now, you should give her space and time. If her career is something she wants to focus on at the expense of her relationships, it is her choice to make and if you pressure her otherwise, she might feel resentful towards you one day. She might have told you to marry someone else because she didn't want you to wait indefinitely but unless you find out if that's the reason for sure, it's only my speculation. You should continue with the no contact for now until you feel like you're emotionally stable before contacting her again, but more so as friends first before anything else.
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    • Amit Bhatt
      Thanks for your quick response and suggestions Team, Right now she is not talking to me. No messages, no calls, and I also have stopped talking. So should I tell her in text message that you I understand why the breakup happened and have realized that it was for the best. and then continue to no contact rule? Or I should not do anything and continue No contact Rule. Kindly suggest what to do? Regards, Amit.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Amit, Complete the no contact period first before telling her that as the effect of it right now may not be very strong due to the recency of events.
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  • Joan
    Hi, so I have been with my current ex for about 2yrs now. We have had major and petty issues and all seemed like we got bored and have brought out the worst in ourselves. Ever since, I have been trying to bring us back together. Tried talking, tried texting and have been begging endlessly but all to no avail. We have been very supportive Every inch of the way with financial support and material support as well. She lives with me and this has been difficult to find closure with the relationship. Please what do I do, about the way I feel because i Cannot focus on anything and this is affecting my physical and mental health. She made me realize that I am the major cause and I have been apologizing and hoping we work things out but it's not happening. Should I leave the house to other state without telling her where I'm going to and establish the no contact rule? Because living together as ex's and having no communication may further cause issues. I don't intend to give her up anytime soon, I want her back. Please your advice is highly required. Seeing her everyday is not helping me find closure and further makes me look weak and needy because I can't but break down and cry and try helping her to do things and end up begging her. Meanwhile, her fear is that we might end up doing the same very things that has been causing our repeated fights and breakup. But I'm promising not to be that annoying anymore and would like to make her see me for me because I realized I came into this relationship with a lot of hurt. My current fear is ....? maybe she has moved on, maybe she is interested in someone else or she never loved me from the beginning. Tell me how best to either move on or win her back.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Joan, You don't have to move to another state but yes, perhaps moving out would be the best solution, not only for her, but for you too. Right now, you're both too caught up in the ongoing emotions and you can't recover if you're constantly reminded of her. Also, she won't be able to see you in a different light because you're crying and begging in front of her and it'll make you look weak. If you want to convince her that you've changed, you actually have to show it and not just say it, which takes time and space to change her mind set.
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    • Joan
      Thanks for the response but please explain to me how best to go about this. Do I move out temporarily or permanently?. When I move, do I still establish the No contact rule? Do I need to explain to her when and why I'm moving? And if I'm moving temporarily, how long is enough time before I return? And if you advice I show her I have changed do I stay back here to prove that? I am afraid of loosing her and I do not want my absence or my presence to Futher worsen the problem. I look forward to your response, thank you.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Joan, As you guys have broken up, I think you should move out with a mindset that's more permanent than temporary. Whatever that happens after should be a bonus, not an expectation. Establish the no contact rule from then on, and work on improving yourself. You could tell her that your moving out is because you want to take the time and space to work on your issues and on creating a better version of yourself. From past records, people don't worsen the problem by creating some distance. She won't forget your either so soon.
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  • Samuel El Santo
    We are broken up, but I love her and funny enough she loves me too, but she's now sharing social media affections to another guy but still shows me love and care. But doesn't want to get back together an also, I have tried to stay away but she still comes back in my life once in awhile and its so difficult to let go because I truly love her even though we're not together, but what she's doing with the guy still keeps hurting. I don't want to lose her cause I mean to spend the rest of my life with her but she's being over affectionate with another guy more than she has ever been with, and making me feel all we shared was fake and based on lies like she's confused. She all of a sudden asked me "WHAT MAKES ME SO SURE THAT WE ARE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER OR IF SHE'S THE RIGHT GIRL FOR ME" Please what do I do to win her back, to prove to her she's the one. And am the guy for her. Please??
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Samuel, Perhaps the guy she is being affectionate with is a rebound for her. It may hurt but right now you can't do anything about them. What you can do however, is to give yourself some space and work on self improvements so that if a second opportunity presents itself, you are able to make a move on it, without any previous baggage from the last break up.
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  • Sam Gibson
    Hey Kevin I was wondering if you could help me My GF (18) dumped me (18) 2 months ago because she sudddenly just stopped “feeling it” and just feels like She “needs to be alone at the moment” and that she sees me more as a friend than a boyfriend, that she can't see a future with me at the moment but that she wishes she could have those feelings towards me. She also said she doesn't want to lead me on at all. We had been dating for 6 months and all was well. At this time of year we are both in our last year of high school and she is aiming for a perfect score so is incredibly busy and stressed, and after school finishes in one months time she will be travelling with her family abroad for another 2 months. I was NC for 21 days and a week ago I sent my first text message, I started and ended the conversation quickly and two days later I started it up again however I only received two replies off of her before she stopped replying. I was just wondering about how I could best deal with this situation? As I'm all out of ideas.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Sam, As much as you may not want to hear this, but some feelings can't be forced. I suggest continue with the no contact rule so as to give her more space because if she stopped 'feeling it' all of a sudden, your presence back in her life this soon won't change it. Ultimately 18's a young age and because you're both still growing emotionally and figuring out what you guys want, it's best to perhaps let her figure it out.
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    • Sam Gibson
      Hey Ryan So your saying there's absolutely nothing at all that I can do? And that I should just give up? Like I know it sounds bad, but I'm not ready to just throw in the towel and give up that easily. Besides completely ignoring her again and hoping that in a few months time she changes her mind, is there anything at all I can do? Cheers Sam
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Sam, Ultimately for a relationship to work out, it still takes two hands to clap. Human emotions are a tricky thing as even though you may perform all the black and white guidelines perfectly, if she completely shuts you down or doesn't reply to you, there really isn't much you can do, short of getting desperate and pressuring her (which many people end up doing) and we all know how that will turn out. This is why I suggested giving it more room, and letting her grow a little before you come back into her life. Some game plans take a month to fulfill but unfortunately, some awhile longer. Having said that, I'm not telling you to just give up, but rather use this time to focus on yourself instead. She may just end up seeing you in a different light.
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    • Sam Gibson
      Hey Ryan I just feel like if I dont start building up rapport again soon and leave it, it'll be a couple of months before I next get the opportunity and that by then she will have completly moved on and that it will be to late. And I know I'm going against your advice here, but if I was to message her again soon is there a way I can do it without coming off as desperate? Ps: I have been using the last 2 months to improve on myself and have made a lot of significant life changes in order to better myself, but I feel like there's no way of me conveying that to her.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Sam, You'd be surprised by what time can do for a person. That's why there are many cases where people get back together even after years apart. Sometimes, both parties need to change in order to see each other in new light and change takes time. I'm not saying that it's impossible but I would rather you mentally prepare to move on than to linger around with potentially false hope.
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    • Tim
      Sam I was in a relationship with a woman I was madly in love with for 14 years our relationship was awesome at first and after we had our son she got really stressed out and we tried for 12 years to work it out and it just doesn’t sometimes. I hate to say it and I still love her but I had to give up on a 14 year relationship after we separated for 7 months. I was torturing myself trying to earn her back needless to say sometimes it for the best.
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  • Kylie
    So My boyfriend broke up with me because he needs to focus on himself. He got very depressed and developed low self-esteem. We’re at different colleges right now and his first time being at a real college, and it’s hard to adjusting and things haven’t been the way he’s wanted it to there. Which sucks because I went through different schools and went through the same depression/lost thing and still stuck by his side and I’m always there for him in general. He has been going through a lot of changes in his life, and he’s been distant and angry lately. We have faced many problems because of it and I was always willing to work on our problems as a team. He says he needs time and space to work on himself. He said he can't be happy with me if he's not happy with himself. And that every time he tries to fix things, he keeps on hurting me and he can’t do that anymore. He also told me it has nothing to do with me and it’s his fault. But i don’t get why he’s pushing me away and he kept telling me he doesn’t want this to be like this and will talk to me eventually and how much he loves me but I am hurting and it’s affecting me I’m devastated and don’t know what to do. I know that he cares about me, but right now he’s really numb to everything. I gave him the right to make the decision of whether to be with me or walk away, and I told him I'm fine with either one (even though I'm really not ), and he decided to walk away. And he promised he wouldn’t do this but he deleted some of our pics from Instagram I just don’t get what I did to deserve that if he even said it was him not me. I have read a lot about people getting their ex boyfriends back using no-contact and was wondering if it works because that’s all I can do right now. I started the "No contact" rule and I try to keep myself busy and do new activities and surround myself with friends, but I miss him like mad, and I just want him back in my life. What if he just forgets about me if I don’t contact him anymore?!! And I’m terrified he’s just gonna go be with other girls, he’s not really that type and said he wouldn’t but how would I know. I’m very confused and so deeply hurt and need advice. I just don’t want this to be permanent and really want him to come back.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Kylie, The fear you have about him forgetting you is quite justified as many people have the same fear. However, just like how people jump into relationships without taking time to figure out if it'll work or not, this too requires a similar mentality: having faith. I agree with your boyfriend's logic that if he isn't even happy with himself, how can he expect to make you happy? Applying the no contact rule right now would be appropriate as it would give him that space to work on himself. Give it some time before talking to him again.
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  • Antonio
    Honestly can you tell me that someone got back with their ex and then ended up to be with him/her forever? Are they happy. I want to know if this whole thing is even happening or it's just something to cheer us up in our times of grieve.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Antonio, I can say with confidence that we have had many cases of people getting back together following these rules but you also have to be realistic that sometimes, it doesn't work out. Ultimately when dealing with two human emotions, there are a lot of variables at play besides what you see in black and white. Having said that, our page is meant to guide people out of heartbreak and grief and to focus on personal recovery - and using that new found confidence and outlook to either try to chase their ex back, or move on, depending on where their perspective stands at.
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  • Syn/Adrian
    Dear Kevin! So my girlfriend broke up with me 2 months ago, because she told me that she 'doesn't like me anymore'. We are classmates and now it's really painful to see her everyday because i still love her. I tried to let her go but i couldn't, I tried to get her back in my own way in September but it didn't work out. So i checked your page for some hope and now i'm following the plan I'm in the no contact period right now. I feel like she stil misses me but both of us show a fake(at least i think it's fake) happy side. In September it was always me trying to engage chatting and talking so it was really one sided. Now she doesn't even look at me nor says hi. And she doesn't let anyone close to her. Nov 6th is her birthday and then will I make my move and start building trust/attraction again. I'm trying to accept the fact that we won't necessarily be again together, but deep in my heart i know that she is my true partner, and I'm not just missing her or feeling depressed. I know that it look pretty hopeless I mean she would probably look for me if she would love me but I'm simply too stubborn to let my love go away. Also she told me 2 minor reasons other than the 'love is over' reason but I could've changed. And she didn't tell me her problems, just the conclusion it's over. Syn/Adrian Thank you Kevin, please reply! :) PS: We also had a short breakup in June(2 days long), but then i talked to her and we got back together again. So we had 2 breakups and I know it looks stupid to try again but yeah I'm a stubborn guy in love so you know. :) And also sorry for my english, I'm still learning the language. :)
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Adrian, You seem to have this quite figured out. Now all you need is the confidence to carry it through and remember to never be pushy even if you want to be together with her again or if you want answers. Take it step by step following what you have already planned out and when you have gained her trust again, perhaps that is when you could find out why the relationship ended and see if there are things that could be done to get back together.
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    • Adrian
      Thank you for replying! I am just kind of scared that she won't give me another chance. And she moved over.
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  • crushed inside
    I started dating a childhood friend whom I have kept up with over the years. He was EVERYTHING I every wanted. We had a whirlwind two weeks of dating with him being affectionate, calling, texting, multiple times every day. We went out too. He talked about marriage. No sex. I went away to visit friends for a week and when I got home, he said he wasn’t ready for a relationship. I was floored. I allowed myself to be vulnerable because I knew him. It’s been a week and I am devastated. I sent a text saying I miss him and that was it. He won’t respond. It’s like I did something to him while I was gone... I don’t understand. He ended it before we even started. I want another shot at seeing what can happen. Is that realistic?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey, Sometimes when there's intense amount of affection and passion for each other on a daily basis, people get so caught up in it that the moment it stops (even if nothing actually happened), those feelings go away. I'm sorry to be the one to say that but if you're still serious about him, try to have a talk with him and if he doesn't respond, you should focus on moving on too.
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  • Karen
    Hi Kevin, I realize this may sound plain hopeless, but here goes: I met someone online and we had a short lived affair that lasted for about one month. We’d talk on the phone every day for hours and we’d virtually exchange thoughts, jokes and bodily fluids. It was exciting, it was humorous, an emerging source of happiness and butterflies. It grew into something larger than pillow talk entertainment. The absence of physicality didn’t make me feel any less loved, or any less vulnerable. I fell in love abruptly and he admitted to the same wavelength. We admitted to a very intimate romantic connection and made a lot of plans to be together. At the time we started talking we were in different cities, but as he will be back here in one month , we decided together to meet and make it a real life story. Then we had a shitty fight after which he "removed" his desire to relationship from the equation and eventually me from his contacts list (blocked me). I don’t know how this happened. Things just took a strange turn of the screw and we discarded each other in ways that painfully contradict the whole anatomy of our infatuation. My mind desperately spins re-reading our conversations like a broken turntable. I try to go back to the very first “Hello” but I burst into tears half way through, somewhere between a ceremonial “I promise to take care of you and respect everything that’s important to you” and an easy going “I love your morning elegance”. I know I must have hurt him, and he’s hurt me back so terribly that I backfired with much less diligence than I had in mind. People will say what they want to say. They may call me naive, reckless, missing an inch of a self esteem or spiralling slowly into a case of madness. They may suggest dangerous outcomes for my falling in obsession or magical thinking. I can be a fool. It doesn’t bother me as much as being a hermit had bothered me in the past. I am so glad to be alive. I am so grateful to feel and experience both the beauty and the misery of this story. We are both artists and perhaps too stubborn and crazy. I know very well what I felt and still feel, but it hurts for someone to take back their love like that. So, move on forever or try to actually meet this person in real life when they finally arrive back in my town? Thanks for the answer, whatever it may be :)
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Karen, If you are serious about him, perhaps you could try to meet him still when he comes down to have a talk but provided you have a means to contact him. If not, then it might be best to focus on moving on since the long distance will continue to play an excruciating part of the relationship.
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    • Karen
      Thank you for the advice, Ryan. I would feel terribly sorry not to ever meet him at least. I have his phone, but don't plan to call for at least until two days before he comes here. Long distance would not be a necessary outcome, because he expressed availability to remain in my town for an undetermined time in case the relationship would have taken off (he is not location fixed). How do you think it's best to approach this? What should I say on the call in order to make this date happen?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      If you're really keen to meet him, perhaps you could tell him that since he's came all the way here and despite how things turned out, you guys did talk about meeting up. So why not just fulfill that by maybe grabbing a cup of coffee nearby?
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  • Miranda
    My boyfriend and I broke up two weeks ago. I was trying to follow the no contact rule but failed. My ex boyfriend and I broke up on great terms and understanding what he and I need to work on. He has responded to all of my texts calmly, sweetly and reassuringly but very straight to the point in what he wants. He wants me to gain some self confidence and learn to trust. We hung out once since we broke up and it was not awkward. We hung out for 4 hours for my birthday without hooking up. He said that maybe in time we can make things work. I am a very insecure women and I am going to start counseling to help with all of my internal battles from a past relationship. My ex and I have been together for more than two years and this is the second time we’ve broken up. I am 31 and he is 28 but he is an old soul. I want to know that all the reassuring that he is doing is for real and I’m not getting my hopes up. We both still tell eachother we love one another, when we text and we still think about one another. Is this false hope? Or is this the space we need to really be together again for good and be in a strong relationship? What should I do?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Miranda, As cliche as this may sound, sometimes coming apart will allow things to come together better than before. In this case, you know your ex better than anyone else and that includes his possible intentions. If you feel deep down that he does love you and still wants to be together with you, I suggest that you take this time to actually work on your insecurities so that when you guys come back together, the relationship will be stronger than before.
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    • Miranda
      Should I apply the no contact rule? Or just go with the flow in this case? And since he was so honest in what he wants, do I date inbetween us trying to work on ourselves? Or give it some time before I even think about going out and meeting new guys? Thank you for your advice!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Miranda, There's no set rule that you cannot date again. I first suggest you have one last honest talk with him to see where you guys stand right now. From there, if the decision is to take a break, apply the no contact rule to work on yourself. The whole point of the no contact rule is to give both parties space and to be able to see from a fresh perspective. Sometimes, if that means you're open to dating other people, then that's good. However, I won't recommend jumping into dates just for the sake of filling an empty void as that will lead to rebound relationships. It ultimately depends on what your goal is.
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    • Miranda
      I spoke to him about what he wants one last time. He said he wants to be alone for awhile. He loves me and we have so much love that we can have another shot at it, as long as there is change. But he needs space and we both need to grow up. I applied the no contact rule like you stated. But he said he doesn’t want to hold me back from dating but selfishly he wants me to. He’s not interested in anyone or interested in dating around. But I’m at the point of, do I don’t date and take these 30 days for myself and work on me or do I get myself back out there. I don’t want to hurt my chances because I do love him and I can honestly see us getting back together in the future.
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  • Susana Dodge
    Hi, so me and my ex dated for about 10 months but the relationship was very intense. We were madly in love for the first period but then due to my insecurities he began to feel insecure in the relationship. I questioned him, and the relationship many times and even broke up with him unintentionally and hurt him, although the last thing I wanted was to break up. This led to him questioning me and needing space. He broke up with me about two months ago and said he needed to move on and could not handle a relationship in this period of his life (we are both juniors in college) I have waited and he has contacted me but I don’t think he plans on getting back together. I can’t seem to get over him and I want another chance but I recently told him I needed him away from my life completely and that he should not contact me anymore. We are going to talk in person tonight and I am not sure if I should tell him to stay away from me for good so I can get over him or if I should ask him for another chance. I am sure he is the love of my life and I can’t imagine my future without him, but I am also in a lot of pain since the breakup.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Susana, I hope that talk went well. What did you decide to say? Regardless, I feel that perhaps some space right now would be good as you focus on college and working on your insecurities. Even if you ask for another chance now and get back together, you would still end up at the same outcome if the insecurities have not been worked on.
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  • Marie
    Hi Kevin. Long story short is I was in a 14 year relationship with my ex husband. He split 3 years ago and I started to dating my recent ex two years ago. I dated a few inbetween my ex husband and my recent ex boyfriend. My ex boyfriend however has never had a long term relationship. I was his longest relationship and so it was hard to go through our fights because he didn’t know what to expect or what to do at times. We had more happy times then sad. We were thinking about settling down together. He met my kids and I met his whole family. However the catch is, I’m very insecure. I can’t trust. I am not an unattractive women and I have a lot going for me but my biggest fear is having the relationship I had with my ex husband repeated in a new relationship. Since my ex boyfriend and I broke up, I have started therapy to learn to trust, I’ve started to go to the gym to help the confidence in myself and I’ve started pushing myself at work to get a raise. But at the end, my goal is to be with him. We have spoken a few times since we broke up and he has mentioned that he hasn’t considered getting back together with me just yet, he loves me, thinks about me still always. He said he wants to get to a point where we can hang out without trying to hook up with one another. But he always says that’s he wants to get back together but changes need to happen in his life and in mine for us to work completely. I just don’t want to hang on to something that might not be there or read too much into what he says to me. He is a very honest guy and majority of the time, what he says he means. What should I do? We’ve been broken up for 3 weeks now.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Marie, Since he wants some time to work on himself, I guess its good that you do too. It's a good sign that you know he loves you and that he wants things to change on both your parts before attempting a relationship again. Also, since you say he is an honest guy, that would probably mean he isn't saying all these just to pacify you. Perhaps apply the no contact rule to give both parties some space to figure out what they want and for some time to change to happen before trying again.
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    • Marie
      Do I date inbetween this space apart? Or do I solely just try to work on myself and bring me back to happy state?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Marie, Definitely work on yourself and bring yourself back to a happy state. If you're ready to date during this period, I don't see why not, but don't jump into one that comes along as that'll mean you're going through a rebound relationship and not because you're genuinely interested in the person.
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  • David
    Hi, I've recently broke up from a 4.5 month relationship which was at times very intense. She is a single mother with a 12 year old daughter, living in a studio type place with her daughter and no privacy. She has openly admitted to a difficult childhood herself, a marriage where she moved from Russia to Estonia because of becoming pregnant and then married due to pressure from her ex's mother. That relationship ended after period of abuse and start of counselling which she has continued for a number of years since. I myself had almost 4 years without anything serious after a 6 year relationship. Meeting her was out of the blue and at a time when I had started to think that I would not have or want my own family. I am in a good place career wise and unwittingly most likely created an imbalance in the relationship and some co-dependance by providing for her and her daughter, whether it be with new bike, clothes, a holiday, old study fees which prevented her from carrying on her studies this year and having hope of a career/future afterwards. I thought at the time I was doing the right thing to create a safe and stable environment which they seemed missing. After a few emotional arguments, she shows many signs of someone with Border Line Personality disorder, she constantly put me down in public and on our own said I needed to be more open in my emotions. I began working on these, journaling and talking with her. But after 4.5 months of devotion from me she said she didn't feel love from me, and after that public showing at a restaurant with her daughter also present I left and have not spoken or contacted each other for the past 8 days. Also whilst on holiday, I inadvertently checked her phone messages and she caught me, this was done because of some of the things she said during arguments and the fact I knew she was still in contact with a guy who was trying to get with her whilst we were out at a club together. I just wanted to know at the time it was nothing of threat and know I should have spoken to her but because of her wild mood swings I instead unplanned checked her phone when it was left open in front of me. She's walked into my life and made me want to have my own family and be part of someone elses life again, I sincerely love her, not I need to know if it is worth retrying in a month or so.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey David, given what she has been through, having certain issues develop over the years is not uncommon. That said, it is important to note too that if you decide to get back together with her, that you have to be prepared to face whatever issues that may happen again. Perhaps right now, some space is needed for both parties and I understand that it may be difficult to show 'love' when someone is putting you down in public or showing extreme mood swings. You have to figure out if she is the right one for you.
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  • Phillip
    Hi Kevin, My girlfriend broke up with me a week ago saying that she likes me but felt like it didn't go anywhere and that she expected commitment. I kinda understand that because I was trying so hard not to be pushy or needy and it seems that I have overdone it, but in fact I also wanted things to get more serious and I wanted commitment. For me it seemed too early to get to a conclusion of that sort since we dated for only 2 months. I was just starting to make plans on how to make things better in the future but I was maybe too late. What do you think I should do? We haven't spoken this past week and I kinda want to tell her that things were in fact going in the right direction but still I don't want to be needy or look like I am desperate. Thanks a lot. Phillip.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Phillip, since it was kind of a misunderstanding on both your feelings, maybe it would be good to have an honest talk with her about it and see how she takes it. If that doesn't work because she rejects all advances at this point, perhaps give her some space first and apply the no contact rule before attempting again to talk to her.
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    • Phillip
      Do you think I should tell her this now or wait a a little bit more ? Also any advice on how do I approach the contact what should I say how do I start? Even though I played it cool I am still scared to come out as a depressed needy person (stuff from the past I am not proud of). I just want an honest talk.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Given the circumstances, I'd recommend just casually bringing it up and see if she is willing to hear you out. Maybe drop her a text or a call and ask if she's free for coffee. If she says no, then it would be better to hold your thoughts and do the no contact rule first in order to give her some space for the meantime.
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    • Phillip
      Hello again, It's been a while since I've messaged here. Following this article I can say that I am feeling much better and a bit more confident about contacting my ex. I don't wanna rush it we still haven't talked but I have a sense from one of my ex's friends that she is asking about me but I am not sure. Is that a good thing or not I dont know. I show myself as a very positive guy in front of everyone and even though I miss my ex I truly am feeling better. The thing is as before I dont know how to start texting again and not look like a needy desperate guy I just wanna play it cool and even though I have an idea in mind I am scared that I would mess it up. I want her to be excited to hear from me in a while and hopefully start asking some questions herself and after a while I would bring up the break up situation but I will say that I am sorry that it haven't worked out since I wanted something serious but I am sure we will find happiness in life somewhere else. Do you think I should say that and make a move like that? Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Phillip, It's great to hear that you're feeling much better! I can sense that you have a good idea about what you want and all I can say is to have some confidence in yourself when trying to follow through with your plans. If she has been asking around about you, perhaps she would be excited to hear from you too. Lastly, the 'moving on' part really depends on what your goal is - to be with her or not. If you still want her back, then it's best not bring this topic up but treat her how you would when chasing a new girl.
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  • Al
    Sounds good! And ill definitely work on myself, but one more thing, so last time we talked she got really mad, and was like "do i need to turn into a hoe for you to realize theres no chance for us right now" so that was my wakeup call to stop, and a couple days before she unfriended me on Facebook and snapchat, but not on instagram, so she sees what i post, but she turned really cold and shes told me that she started dating other guys, but she doesnt want a relationship, just free food haha, but besides all that, a mutual friend of ours that helped us get together in the first place told me that she said shes sleeping with someone else, and that made me feel real bad and doubt all this, but i dont know what to believe, she might just have said that to push me to give us space? Its really hard to understand everything..., thank you for your advice!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey, well even if she is sleeping with someone else right now, you would have to accept the fact that you guys have broken up and what she does is ultimately not your business (I'm sorry to put it so bluntly) but it could also be that she is currently in the rebound phase which you could read up more on one of our articles. Regardless, right now your priority should be in recovering and improving yourself during the no contact period as a person so that when you do initiate recontact, she would be able to see you in a different light.
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  • Samson
    Hi Kevin, I am doing no contact with my ex. However, my mutual friend in the same college just tag me and my ex on facebook to have dinner together. What should I do? I didn't tell my friend I broke up with my ex and doing no contact with her so he didn't mean to "line up" us. It was just an accident move. Thanks for your reply.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Samson, If you're in the middle of no contact, perhaps you might want to give that dinner a miss for now to continue giving both parties the needed space.
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  • Al
    Hey Kevin, so me and my girlfriend broke up about 1.5 months ago after a 2 year relationship. I'm 23 and she's 20 now, but she is so mature and confident in what she wants and hard working.I was her first true love and she cared so much about me and made future plans of getting married eventually and having kids together and all that, but the twist to this whole story is that since we started dating, I always had something pulling me back from fully commiting and showing my true love to her that i knew i had for her, for instance we were of two different religions, my parents would push me to finding a girl of our nationality and religion, her parents werent okay with me for the same reasons, and just stuff like this unconsciously didnt let me let her in my heart as much as i was supposed to. Besides all that after around 6 months of dating I got into a bad depression and that messed up with my head, but she was always there for me and tried her best and most to make me feel good. But cuting to the chase, I was slowly pushing her away and didnt realise it, until she finally broke up with me for the reason that she cant fight for the both of us and that we both need space, me to find myself and her to focus on her and she said that if eventually when i can change and mature we can start over slowly. So after the breakup I would keep texting her that im sorry and all that, and cried, overall i was just obsessed until i noticed what harm i was doing to the situation and that she just got tired of hearing and saying the same things that she would get really mad and talk in an angry tone and tell me that right now theres 0 chance of us getting back together, so I just decided to do NC in which im in 13 days, and ive decided to work hard on myself, which i am, but i just wanna know where ny chances of getting her back are right now, sorry for the long post and thanks!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey, Good job getting through 13 days of NC so far. I think there's definitely still a chance for you to win her back since she seemed really supportive of you despite all the problems you had faced. Spend this time to improve yourself and gain a better understanding and composure over your emotions. If you do win her back, make sure you do not push her away this time.
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  • Susan
    Hello Kevin. I would like to know what to do if I have an memorable event which usually only happen once in a lifetime (e.g. Graduation/Funeral) that I really want to invite him to participate during no contact period. We have dated for 10 years already but we broke up twice before. We broke up again recently but I strongly believe he still love me. I want to go through the no contact period in order to keep him permanently, I don't want to repeat the "broke up cycle" in the rest of my life. What should I do? Thank you for your answer.
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    • Kevin
      Hey Susan, Good question. If you think it'll be important for him even if he was not in love with you and doesn't have any feelings for you (funeral of someone he was close to); then you should invite him. If not, for example (your graduation), then you shouldn't invite him.
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    • Susan
      Understood :) Thanks for quick answer
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  • Wendi
    Hi Kevin, I made a horrible mistake today, and I haven't been sleeping because of it. I logged onto my ex's email account. He probably received notification and changed his password. It's the beginning of week 2 of our breakup, and I feel like I messed things up because he hates people violating his privacy. Do you think I still have a shot? I really appreciate any words of wisdom you can provide me. I let emotions overpower me, and made a mistake, but I'm willing to salvage anything left.
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    • Wendi
      We're 26 and have been together for almost two years.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Wendi, Since you guys have been together for 2 years, I think you definitely still have a shot. I suggest you read the article on the 5 step plan and try to follow it first using the no contact rule in order to regain a composure on your emotions before any attempt at salvaging things. Regarding the privacy issue, if he found out, I think you should just be honest about it and apologize.
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  • Hue
    Hi Kevin, my ex broke up with me about a week ago. We were together for more than a year. I’m 20 and he’s 24. He said he lost connection with me and he had wanted to try and fix it for a month but he felt like it was not enough to find that connection. The thing is I had no idea about what he thought after we actually broke up. So it was all of a sudden. He respects me a lot and he keeps an available channel to help me that if I have any questions, feel free to ask him, any questions about our relationships. He said he felt extremely guilty over the hurt that he has caused. I only texted him once after we broke up to tell my feelings and we met after that because he needed to collect his things from my place. And I have not talked to him since. So it’s been around 4 days since we last talked. We agreed to take time apart to reflect ourselves and will set 2 months as the maximum time for each other to give out the final decision. We will meet again to talk about that, not via texts or calls. So in your opinion, do you think we can get back together? The time that we were together was great. However we moved in together quickly after we dated (about 3 months). We did go out but I felt like the fact that seeing each other so much everday and did not create loads of memories has been a factor which led to our break up.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Hue, Yes I do think that there's definitely a chance of you guys getting back together but before you decide to do anything, I would suggest taking that time you've both set for yourself to also give yourself some space and improve on yourself. This might give you a clearer picture as well on whether you still have feelings for him. Do follow the 5 step plan found above for further guidance.
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    • Hue
      Hi Ryan, thank you very much for your advice. I really want to write him a hand letter as the guide mentioned. However, I'm not sure when to send it as we are going to meet up again (should I send it before we meet up or on the day we meet up?). I will give him and myself more time but I am thinking of sending the letter after a month of no contact. On the day we meet up, I just want to keep it as happy and casual as possible but not being too friendly and anything about my thoughts and feelings would be written in the letter. However, the idea we meet up is also to discuss about our past relationship so I am quite confused if I should write a letter or not. What would your advice be for this case?
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      This decision to meet up and discuss your relationship was decided upon before you chose to apply no contact I presume? I think you should stick through with the no contact unless absolutely necessary. The letter should be given to him at the end of the 30 days and that would be a better time to meet up with him since it has only been a week or so. I think it would be better to avoid meeting so soon.
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  • John
    Hi Kevin, Just a quick question here, what about if ex contacts me to talk in the future (or other signs means ex wants me back) when I am in no contact period, should I reciprocate it? In worse case, if ex send me "I love you please come backup" message during no contact period. Should I reciprocate it? Thanks
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi John, During the no contact period, it's best if you do not reciprocate her texts and even if she wants to get back together, I suggest that you take things slow to give yourself a new perspective as she may also be saying that just to avoid dealing with the pain. Ultimately if you guys get back together, you want the relationship to last and not for the cycle to repeat itself.
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    • John
      Hi Ryan, thanks for your reply. If I text ex after no contact period, let say I text the actual example in the other article : "Hey, I’ll be in [area near ex’s house or office] tomorrow, wanna catch up for coffee?". However she is not responding me, should I leave her alone and give up for further action? Thanks.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey John, If she does not reply you, she may be busy or have other reasons (it's too soon). If you intend to try again another time, practice the no contact rule once more for another 2-3 weeks before trying but if she does not reply still, you should be prepared to walk away.
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    • John
      Thanks Ryan, what if she contact me again after I decided to walk away? I know at that time I may not in love with her anymore, but I think I can't just treat her as a stranger as we actually in relationship in the past. Thanks.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi John, In cases like that, there would honestly be no correct answer for it. It would really depend on what you want to achieve out of it. You won't be able to treat her as a stranger, but you may not be able to treat her merely as a friend either. End of the day, I think it's about being fair to both yourself and her.
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  • evie
    hi I dated someone briefly and intensely for 1.5 months and we had a big misunderstanding 9/23. I waited 24 days to reach out since our relationship was not that long and wrote sent out a text light in nature. he replied within 5 minutes to tell me that he already met someone new and has moved on. this is a man who told me he has not been intimate with anyone for one year and I was the first to come along that tugged his heart strings and that he was truly interested in. how could he have moved on so fast? even if it is a rebound, our history was not long enough in comparison to the many other situations on here. help! I feel like I am in a rock and a hard spot. I truly feel so deeply for him and am heartbroken after reading his message yesterday.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Evie, I feel that you should give yourself some space to breathe right now due to the intensity you may be feeling. If he has truly found someone new, I suggest that you try your best to recover and move on from there. However, if you do see any chance of getting back together with him, it's best you follow the 5 step plan and make a decision again after.
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  • Joe
    Hey, so my girlfriend broke up with me officially 6 days ago... everyone in the world says this but i know in my heart and soul she is the one for me...my grieving process has taken a huge toll on me as well. We were together for almost 2 years and the first year was wonderful. Once she decided to initiate the break-up, she told me it was due to my lack of attention and constant inability to change to the talks we were having. I was truly blind thinking she would never leave me and some depression i have has seriously hindered my ability to communicate with her properly enough to the point that she decided to break up with me. Once the heartbreak was in my face, was my absolute moment of realization of how ignorant i actually was to the situation and i know I'm not the person i became that second year. This entire situation has caused a snap within myself to understand the changes i made and needed to make, almost a "miracle" of sorts, however she has no belief that i do indeed still love her. She made mention of wanting to stay friends because she does still care about me as a person and the NC rule just cant apply right now because she has nowhere else to live and i of course will not make her homeless. I absolutely love this woman and always have even though my actions have showed her otherwise and i want nothing more than to have her in my life for a multitude of reasons. She is even still wearing the promise ring i got her after our first year. When i made gentle questioning about reconciliation, she told me she was just so angry at me because of what i did and so confused about what to do. That was 6 days ago. I want nothing more than for her to know i really do love her and want her in my life and despite not being able to initiate no contact, i wanted to ask if you think there is any chance at all she will want me back? She has recently started talking with other men which of course bothers me, but i know there's nothing i can do about it and i bite my tongue and say nothing despite my jealousy...can i ever get her back???
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hey Joe, Based on the situation, it would seem that the best thing you can do right now is to show her with your actions that you are willing to change and not just words. I think you would be able to get her back if you prove to her that you are able to change and help her re-gain her trust in you.
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  • Selena
    Hi Kevin: Your blog is really helpful perhaps u can help me too :) Me and my ex broke up 4 months ago, the reason was very upsetting actually.... we were in a relationship for more than 1.5 years, he has always been secretive about himself, i thought he loved me but i think he was passing his time with me, to cut it short he lied to me almost about everything, he promised to marry me but when the time came to meet my elders he pretended to be ill n said he was diagnosed with leukemia, as he was a doctor he showed me his fake medical report which i verified later, he flew to uk telling me he was going for a treatment, he never disclosed his residential address, still i was stupid enough to trust him blindly, that was my mistake i admit it. when i came to know abt his lies i Confronted him through sms, all he had to say was " forgive me what i did" and he blocked me from all social contacting sites... i was sooooo miserable n even now i am, because it was my very first relationship, im 32 years old but this was the first time i loved someone.... last month he wished me a birthday through some fake fb account pretending to be someone else, i knew it was him n i confronted him again,he kept silent n didn't bother to reply....i wondered why he text me on fb when he abandoned me for no reason, i knew he was a flirt but still i gave him my 100%... i used to caught his lies, his contacts with other women, although he never let me touch his fone, he has been suspicious, which damaged our relationship.... i have a question if he never loved me or never wanted to marry me then why did he spend one and a half year with me? and now after breaking up why he wished me a birthday in disguise?? although he has blocked my messages from every possible source.... need ur expert advise Kevin.... Thx
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Selena, If he was willing to go through such extreme measures to lie to you, perhaps you should be honest to yourself and consider if you really want him back. It may not be a nice thing to hear, but even if he does have feelings for you, is someone who keeps everything a secret a person you want to have a future with?
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  • jj
    Hi Kevin, My girlfriend broke up with me because she caught me flirting with other girls on several occasions as play keyboard in the weekends. That drove her mad and killed the love we had for 3 years. So I tried to ease her pain and tried to regain her trust but it was to late. As days and weeks past by she developed like a hate for me and I felt that was because she was talking with a 3rd person. But i was still in the picture but i was n't begging i tried to develop a friendship with her because i wasn't begging anymore and we had no problem talking and caring for each other she have a lot going on also her college so i tried to give her space and support. But occasionally she would begin a fight about my flirting and hurting her and that her trust couldn't be restored and I was always ending up comforting her with sorries and One day she told me she was talking with some one that she liked. So i decided then to tell her i would not contact her anymore. After 3 weeks of no contacting(no social/no whatssap whatsoever) she msg a angry(jealous) message telling me that she hated me and that she is seeing another guy and that she doesn't miss me anymore. But I knew on that moment that her goals was to hurt me so I tried to stay calmed and tell her how sorry i was and she would try to let go of these evil thoughts about me. She was spying on my i.g. and couldn't bare seeing other girls liking my photos. But the truth is I love her till death and would like to gain her trust again and be with her. What should I do? she is still hurt and she is always repeating that she would never take me back!
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi John, For starters, if you really want her back, follow through with the no contact rule and limit the flirting with other people. If you really do love her and this is what she is insecure about, it is something you will have to change. She may be currently feeling angry and that's why you have to give her some breathing room, however you shouldn't always be apologizing especially if you haven't done anything wrong since the incident.
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  • Ann
    Hi Kevin, I would like to ask if I had a chance to come back with my ex. He broke up with me last week out of the blue and his reason was lost of connection. We’d been together for over a year and I know that I still have feelings for him. Our time together had been great. However, we moved in together quickly after we dated. He treated me very well but then one day he decided to break up with me because he said he thought about losing connection and tried to fix it by himself for about a month but it didnt work. He said it had nothing to do with physical attraction or the way I treated him. I have read your advices and today is my 3rd day of NC. We met last week after we broke up because he needed to collect his things from my place. He talked a little bit and he said feel free to ask him if I have any questions I have in mind. I havent talked to him since the last day we met. Looking forward to seeing your response! Thank you.
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Hi Ann, In this situation, follow through with the no contact rule and at the end of the period, attempt at re-contacting with your ex if you still want to be together with him. This gives both of you some space and be able to see things and reach out from a fresher perspective. If you do re-contact with him and get succeed in getting back together, make sure you have an honest talk with him about not trying to fix everything himself. A relationship is ultimately a partnership and no one party should attempt anything by themselves.
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  • Jenni
    Hi kevin, my ex boyfriend broke up with me 3 weeks ago, we had been in a 5 years relationship. We did fight almost 1-2 times for month lately and most of the times started by me because i felt that i was giving too much and he didnt make the effort so that frustrated me and made me been irritable many times. So we got in a fight and he told me that he loved me but wasnt happy and the felt that the relationship was patologic; i cried and ask him to give us the chance to try make things Work but he refused. So since that day, 3 weeks ago i havnt call or text him; neither has he. Will we have a chance of getting back? I not sure what i should do
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    • Kevin
      Hey Jenni, You were together for a long time. You definitely have a chance. But before contacting him, you must make some changes in yourself.
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  • Jeff backlin
    So I'm 2 weeks into no contact, she has sent me a few messages but I'm going strong and not replying. Recently I had to change phone providers and my phone number changed as well. Do I tell her my number changed or do I continue until it's over and I'm ready to reach out? At this point she has no way to contact me and I can't receive and possibilities of her reaching out.
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  • emily
    hi kevin, my partner and i have been together 3.5 years engaged for 2.5 years, he has a child now 15 (boy) who decides 8 months into our relationship he hates my guts..... its been a struggle these last few years and we have ended due to this child...... thing is we both love each other alot and have a great relationship.... im in the no contact stage as i need to figure out what i want so really pleased i stumbled upon your sight...... do you think i can get my man back !
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    • Kevin
      Hey Emily, You can get him back, but unless you figure out a way for the child to like you, it will still be an uphill battle. But if you think he is worth it; it's definitely worth trying. There is a chance it will work if you give him (and his child) a little bit of space and slowly get back to speaking with each other again.
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    • emily
      thanks kevin, this could be difficult as i have no idea why his child dislikes me so much, i guess that is why our relationship ended due to not understanding how our relationship could move forward without knowing how to fix things..... i know my ex loves me but just doesnt know how to deal with it all.....
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    • Ryan - Ex Back Permanently Team
      Sometimes children and teenagers reject change and especially when in their teenage years, can possible rebel against someone they see as a threat (due to change). It's not something easy to deal with as a single parent, because in most cases, their child still would come as the first priority while the relationship second.
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  • khai
    Hey Kevin, I am currently in 4 days of NC. Actually, we haven't broken up yet. He is in another relationship for 7 months while in relationship with me for 7 years. Yes, he betrayed me due to my faults. In his last contact, he told me to focus on my exam as my final year exam is too close and he promised he won't let me wait for a long time.I'm now studying and doing NC, too. But I'm afraid something. By doing NC, can we be far more and more ? Can his new relationship be more stronger and closer as they are working together at the same company ? His friend told me to send message sometimes to be keep in touch with him. I really don't know what to do next. Please kindly advice me. Thank you !
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    • Kevin
      Hi Khai, I recommend you break up with him instead of letting him disrespect you and keep you as a backup. If you want him to be with you out of respect; it's crucial you do this. Once you have broken up with him, I want you to do no contact for at least two months before contacting him.
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  • anil pandit
    Hey Kevin, We really used to love each other and we had fights before also. But this time it was nasty. All I can say that she wasn't performing well at work. I went to her office Her boss said she isn't do well because of my torture. You should leave her alone. The only line she said to me was I should focus on my career only. Off course she said It's over. In desperation I called her mom But didn't said anything about us. She call back and abused me And said they will take me back home and I will loose my career. I will follow ever step that u have mentioned. Still need to know If I can earn her back. Guidance please. Regards Anil p
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  • catherine
    What if your ex has already moved on with another lady
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  • Rakaia
    Hi Kevin. My boyfriend broke up with me three weeks ago out of the blue. We've been friends for three years, and got back together around two months ago. We were long distance, with the plan for me to move to where he lives and us to get an apartment together. Everything was perfect and wonderful, both while we were friends, and during the brief period that we dated, but then he started to pull away, and suddenly he picked a silly fight with me and told me to move on. I've tried contacting him, and I made a couple of mistakes you listed (like acting a little crazy and needy...) and he hasn't returned any of my texts. I'm not sure if I should move on, or wait it out and follow your plan. I don't understand why he did this to me, and honestly it broke my heart. I suspect it might be another woman, or maybe he got scared of the commitment, and overwhelmed by his new job. Thank you!
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    • Kevin
      Hey Rakaia, Start with no contact. Only you can decide if he is worth trying to get back with. If by the end of no contact, you feel like he is not worth it, then move on.
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  • Raghda
    I want thank about all your advice and i wish to be good doing this steps ,, but i want to give you some details about my ex first we have been in relationship for seven years then he found another girl and love her soo much then we brokeup i stood alone 1 year then i go in a rebound relationship but i never forget my only love and don’t feel great in my relationship because i was always want to talk my ex ,, then i broukup after 10 month,, in those months i talke to my first love about 5 times and he breakup but he say her ex was a real love ,,,,,, after this all i call him after my breakup and i show him how much i love him but he says he afraid of being with me again and i meet him and saw the love in her eyes ,,,, finally did you see your steps will be effective now ! Or it’s too late ??!!! Please answer me :D and forgive my bad english iam from sudia
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    • Kevin
      Hey Raghda, I can't say for sure. But if you love him and think he is worth it, you should try getting him back. If it doesn't work, you will know you tried your best and you can move on.
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  • Ryan
    Hi Kevin She broke up with me last Sunday over skype after 2.7 years, only started going bad this past few months. We had been doing long distance for over 1.5 years seeing each other every month at least. I have not messaged her since she skyped to break up with me saying she was not happy anymore and we ended amicable. I know she's the one though should I message her asking if she regrets it since I've not spoken to her at all yet since or continue no contact for 30 days?
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  • Nick
    Hey Kevin, I messed up and was texting a girl from few weeks ago late night while she was out of town. I never followed through nor have ever been a cheater, stupidly I regret it. Obviously she went through my texts and saw that one as the catastrophe happened. This led to over analyzing every other text with platonic relationships I have with co workers and female friends. I know I was wrong and to her I’ve been deceitful during the entire time as she has less if any trust for me. Trust is something she emphasized when dating and after that’s her big thing, as with many. We had a little text battle of going back and forth The first two days, “how could...” “I’m sorry... I was being stupid...I didn’t act on it ...etc”. Then the 3rd day we talked on the phone more less the same as texting, as everything was calm- yes tears br nothing was ever hateful nor yelling. We live separate as she has a chunk of my belongings at her place. She has family coming to town this weekend and on the phone advised she wouldn’t be able to have us meet/ me grab my stuff. Just curious how should I go back and make this thing work itself out, if possible.
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  • Amoako
    Hello Kevin, before I begin. I must admit I really messed up and acted childishly, she was giving attitude anytime I call her and she hardly calls or return my calls so I felt she's seeing someone so I asked her on several occasions which she told me there's no one but she broke up with her ex just to be with me so I sometimes feel she will do same to me. As she kept on with the attitude, I got bored and threaten to leak her naked pictures which I was just joking because there's no way I can do that. So she had to go through emotional pain and she opted for a break but trust me, there was no way I could have done that because I love her so much Kevin. She promised never and ever to get back to me again. I need advice please. Thank you
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  • Kat
    Hey, We were together for just a little less than two years. We had so much chemistry and we worked great as a team - everyone around us saw that. He's been under a lot of stress lately and we had a small fight that lead to a break up. We've had bigger fights in the past but we both grew from it and learned from it. Is this all just because of the stress he's going through? I asked for a 'cool down' or a break but he said he didn't want 'us' anymore. I asked if he would give us another chance in the future but he said 'no'. Just the day before, he was telling me how much he loved me. I think the no contact is interesting but he's in all my classes and we're working very closely on a project. I've read the 'no contact rule at work and events' but seeing him being okay really sucks. How can I get more space?
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    • Kevin
      Hi Kat, If there is no way to get space from him because of the project, you will just have to endure. Although, if you two had any kind of meaningful relationship, I can guarantee you that he is not just "okay". He is putting up an act because he is angry and he wants you to feel bad. The best way to respond to his act is by keeping your head held high and if you both ever talk about the breakup or relationship, be honest about how you feel (that it's hard and you are healing) instead of playing into his game and try to show him that you are okay as well.
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  • Brandon Alvarez
    My ex broke up with me 4 months ago because of long distance we still talk time to time and the during the no contact phase she showed signs that she was missing me posting songs about missing an ex ect.. When she contacted me firstshe did it for a couple of days and pulled away showing hot and cold mixed messages. Is There a chance that I can still get her back since I'm moving back to where she loves since I got a job offer there?
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  • Thanh Thao
    Hi,he broke up with me last Monday because he was tired of everything, he told me that he loved me but he cant take it anymore, he feels like he is the only one interested in this relationship,and he told me that i didn't care about him, he feels like he annoyed me,and when he show his feeling and then he kissed me, i pushed him away because i was shy when we do that in front of other people.And when we were still in high school, my mom didn't allow me to date him, she told me that we could date after i go to university, i am now a freshmen, and he once told me to talk to my mom about our relationship but i was shy so i didnt talk to my mom. He was pissed because he is tired of sneaky when we hung out all the time, he told me that he feels like he isnt good enough for me, he want me to move on, he told me that he loved me , he missed me but he want to be alone. I agreed but i missed him so i contacted him the next day, we talked like nothing happen and then he refused to talk to me. Then yesterday, i inboxed him, i begged him to come back, i swear that i would change , he refused and told me "dont inbox me , wont reply" and then i cried , i inboxed him and told him my feelings, and i told that "i wont annoyed you anymore, goodbye , i hope that we would never see each other again" so i stop contacting him. But he followed me on instagram , so he saw everything that i post. Should i block him, so that he would feel like i have disapeared from his life? I miss him, i started to go to the gym and i feel great, but i want him back. What should i do when he willing to not come back with me? Thank you so much
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    • Kevin
      Hi, There is no need to block him. You should do that only if he is contacting you relentlessly. For now, just do no contact and focus on healing yourself. Don't focus on what he is feeling and definitely don't focus on how you can manipulate them.
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  • Brendan
    Hey Kevin, Love your program and advice. Just started no contact after my partner broke it off with me a week ago. I was a real emotional mess on the phone and haven’t spoken since. No text or emails or anything. It’s hard but I’m keeping strong. She is a corporate manager and has huge workload at present and very responsible demand. She says she needs to focus on work and has nothing more to give everyone right now and needs to unplug. Her mum is battling cancer also which weighs heavily. I don’t use Facebook and today I get a text to return one of her items (daughters car service book) as I did a huge amount of work on it for them both, and if she can post me my stuff from her place. Problem it’s more than postage as a few larger effects (pillow books and equipment) other than just shaver toothbrushes etc. she has minimal stuff here at my place only cosmetics and stuff. I have stuff to give her that she bought me from an overseas visit as souvenir and other stuff like after shave etc. I really love her and she is the best relationship I’ve had (8 months) this is my third real serious relationship. We’re both in late 40,s. do I ignore all contact or even after one text tell her to give me time right now and I’ll contact her? Any help is appreciated as I’m stuck on this one. I’m going to buy the program online now. Hopefully I get an answer soon from you. Cheers.
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    • Kevin
      Hey Brendan, If it's something important and cannot wait, you can return it to her. Although, it might be a better idea to return it via a mutual friend or an acquaintance. If there is no workaround, you can meet her and return the item. But when you meet her, keep it casual and as short as possible. If the breakup comes up, be honest that you are still healing.
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  • Becca
    Hi so I was friends with my boyfriends for 3 years then dated for 8 months and he broke up with me last month because he didn't want a girlfriend and that he was to busy for one and it wouldn't be fair to me but that we should still talk and just not have a label. So it was like we were dating still but didn't see each other as much. Then last week when we hung out he said that I was his and that he was only talking to me and didn't want to talk to any other girls and then the next day someone told me that he was talking to someone else I asked him if it was true and he said no it was only me. Then a couple days later I called him and asked him what he did that night and he told me he spent the night sleeping. Then a couple hours later he told me that he moved on from me and when I kept asking him if there was another girl he said yes and told me he didn't spend the night sleeping he was with her then stopped answering me completely. We haven't talked in a couple days and this girl is in college far away from us and she's known for being a slut. But he told me he really likes her. Should I try the no contact thing and see what happens? I'm really confused because I want to be with him
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  • Tega
    Hello Kevin,what If My Ex Shows Up Suddenly At My Door Step Smiling And Al That During The No Contact Period,what Should Be My Reaction To Him?
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    • Kevin
      Tell him that you need some space and time and you don't want to see or speak to him for a while. If he insists on speaking, listen to what he has to say and then again repeat that you need space and time.
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