Life, or the ex boyfriend recovery process, in particular, would be a WHOLE lot easier if your ex would just let you know they want you back, right?

However, that doesn’t always happen.

Today I’m going to take you through the factors that go behind an ex expressing a desire to get back with you.

I will also tell you about the 4 events that MUST occur for them to actually tell you that they want you back, so keep reading or if you’re not really into that then watch this…

So, the big question: Will an ex tell you they want you back?

Generally speaking, no.

I know that’s probably not the answer you wanted to hear, but for an ex to tell you they want you back, the relationship has to reach a critical mass.

And a critical mass can’t be achieved unless a specific confluence of event occurs.

Do “critical mass” and “confluence of events” just sound like big words that mean nothing?

Don’t worry… I have an analogy to help you see what I’m getting at.

Have you ever been introduced to a book or movie or TV show that you absolutely LOVED, but then you put it down for years?

Eventually, after enough time goes by, you pick up that book or rewatch that movie just to remember you used to feel when you experienced it.

That’s exactly the “critical mass” moment when your ex misses you and thinks of you.

Here’s the most crucial part though- they have to reminisce about the time you spent together in a positive way. They must revisit all those important first moments that you shared together that sparked your relationship.

If they’re obsessing about the good times, then there’s a high chance they’ll start talking to you again just to get a closer glimpse of those days.

But before they reach out to you a particular confluence of events must occur and here are those four crucial events:

Event #1: Time MUST Pass.

As the great Greek philosopher, Epictetus, once said,

“nothing great happens suddenly,”

And this rings especially true today when we all expect instant gratification and get disappointed when that doesn’t happen.

Often times, we even give up or quit just because we did not get instant results. This is a luxury Epictetus did not have.

In the olden days, people had to persevere and power through obstacles until they overcame them.

So yeah, you have to learn how to be patient and give your ex time to miss you before they can tell you they want you back.

At the risk of using another philosophical cliché- the whole “Rome wasn’t built in a day” statement holds incredible true in this situation.

So, persevere and have patience because that’s when great things happen.

Event # 2: Change Must Occur Within Both Parties.

Event 1 was all about time and patience, but event 2 is about what actually happens during that time and patience.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Something HAS to change for an ex to want you back. There was probably a reason you broke up, and it’s only natural for them to want to see a change in you (and have made a change in themselves) to prevent the same mistakes from happening all over again.

There needs to be a positive change in him AND you.

We, humans, are basically just stories… that’s all that’s left of us when we are gone. Stories of what we were like and how we treated other people.

An absolute storytelling classic is the idea of a character arc. We all want to see character development, so the people we knew at the beginning of the story are different, better people by the end because they learned some valuable lessons.

To get to a character arc, every character starts with knowing what they want. Here’s the kicker though- what they want is not what they NEED. The character arch is realized when they see that their wants and needs are not the same things. They then finish their arc by focusing on what they need.

We could get technical about this because some people reject their need and hang onto their want because it’s what they know best. However, the point of this example is to help you understand that your ex needs to see you as something they NEED instead of something they just want.

Your ex needs to have the character arch of realizing that they NEED you while they’re away from you.

This is precisely why we advocate for the no contact rule because it gives your ex that natural time of separation to realize what they’re missing out on.

It’s not just about your ex, though. YOU need to experience personal growth too. Your time of reflection might even make you realize that your ex is what you want but not necessarily what you need.

So, let me ask you – do you absolutely NEED your ex in your life?

If your answer is anything less than a resounding yes, then maybe it’s time to rethink if you even want to get them back!

Event #3: Your Ex Needs To See You As A Great Loss

The concept of loss as it relates to people’s biggest regrets on their deathbed are missed opportunities.

The opportunity to be with someone they really wanted to be with but were too afraid to ask out.

Does your ex view you that way? Because if not, you’ve got another problem on your hands.

But more importantly- what are you doing to make them view you in that way?

It’s not enough to make your ex think he needs you; you also need to make him believe that breaking up with you is the biggest regret of his life.

That doesn’t automatically happen, though. You need to make yourself worth regretting. You have to do something so unimaginable and amazing without them; they start thinking, “hmm…maybe I made a mistake with that girl.”

Event # 4. He Must Fear To Lose You, And You Must Not Fear To Lose Him

I always say that the woman who is willing to lose the guy is often the women who will get the guy. There are two elements to this – getting an ex to fear to lose you and how to not care about losing him.

Let’s get to your ex first. How do you instill a fear of losing you?

Simple. Add someone else into the equation.

In my experience, whenever you end a long term relationship with someone, they start to develop a god complex thinking that you’ll never find anyone like them. The best thing to do in this situation is to burst their bubble by inserting the threat of someone taking over their place.

What about the other element, though? It’s not enough to make your ex fear to lose you. You must also show that you don’t care if you lose him because that’s what will get him really worried!

How do you create a situation to show your ex you don’t care? You’re reading this right now, so you obviously do care.

This goes back to the needs vs. wants situation. You need to train yourself to believe that you might want your ex right now, but you do not need him. Your life is MUCH more than just this relationship with him.

You have to knock him down in your head from that pedestal you put him on because he did not have you at that same level. He needs to be at the same level you are, so the playing field is even.

Most women give men an elevated status, and that does nothing but stroke their ego and fuel their self-importance. He is NOT all that. Your life should not end and be devoid of meaning just because of your ex.

Your ex is just a man with flaws like the rest of us. Treat him that way.


So yeah, maybe your ex doesn’t like you right now, but you can live your life in a way that makes him want to run back to you.

That is what you should be aspiring towards if you want him back. He needs to miss you and realize his loss before he can fully accept that he wants you back.

So, there is absolutely NO reason to put your life on hold for your ex. Instead, you should live your life to the fullest, so he can see what he’s missing out on!

Here’s a quick recap of the four events that must happen before your ex tells you that he wants you back:

  1. Time needs to pass.
  2. Both parties need to change.
  3. Your ex needs to see you as a loss.
  4. Your ex must fear to lose you, but you must not care about that.

Have any questions?

Leave a comment and my team and I may answer!

7 thoughts on “Do Exes Ever Tell You That They Want You Back?”

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    No Contact with Depression?

    February 18, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Hi there –

    Quick question – I’m currently taking some time apart from my boyfriend. The connection I have with him is unlike anything I’ve felt. We make each other laugh so much, get along great, and the attraction is through the roof. The problem is that some things happened outside of him and me that began to cause a severe depression in him. The past 2 months I’ve tried holding on and being supportive but at the cost of my own sanity. I began to spiral and lose my self and anxiety went through the roof. He felt so guilty but nothing changed. I don’t doubt the feelings between us. We both care a lot. But the present situation wasn’t doing either one of us any good. I told him he needed to take time and space to work on himself and in the meantime I needed to get back to myself as well. I told him the door was open, I cared a lot about him and I support him to no end. We said we’d talk once a week so we were still in each other’s lives. He’s surprised me so far and has texted every single day. I keep it short and take time to respond. I know everyone says no contact is the way to go, but is that really the best thing when you’re dealing with depression? I don’t want to have him think I abandoned him or that I’m better off without him (what his bad thoughts say). I dunno what to do. I care about him so much and want to be with him but don’t know how to move forward. Thank you!

    1. EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      February 22, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Hi, so yes still go into a no contact, knowing they are depressed helps when you are in the texting phase as you know if they are having a bad day more than normal or have erratic changes to their attitude that you know it has nothing to do with you its how they are feeling at that time. The No Contact is important if you want to get your ex back. As for the depression they have to be willing to work themselves through their depression themselves, you can not do it for them.

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    February 11, 2020 at 4:13 am

    I don’t have it on me to purposely make her jealous about someone else, and certainly not even thinking of getting myself back out there! So how can you substitute that? Mine is a lesbian relationship!

    1. EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      February 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm

      Hey Cindy, as long as you are social with friends and are spending time with other people that is good enough for now. If you are not ready to date then don’t force yourself but do not put your life on hold. The point of becoming Ungettable is to live your life the way it will make you happy, with or without your ex in it

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    February 10, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Dating for thirteen months, with one disagreement in that time. We got on so well.

    Now my man and I are on a break. (so he says)
    One misunderstood text and he said he wouldn’t be coming to see me that weekend.
    I wanted my key back and he said that would be final. I didn’t get my key back. That was 11 days ago. He has rang twice since then. Just asking how I am and the other day we had bad weather, so he rang to ask if I was okay. He said he’d keep in touch. I’ve seen him once since then and I was a mess so was he. I rang him four days ago. I will not be calling or texting him again.

    I can now see from this article and the many other articles on the internet that I need to get my key back (he can post it to me) and be done with him.

    Reading articles like this makes me feel better. I will text him my P.O. Box number tomorrow and move on. I value myself too much to be treated in this way.

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    February 8, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    How much time have to pass and what if my ex is in a rebound relationship? I feel that the only way he will want me back is if his rebound fails. Before the breakup he always told me how much it meant to him that I was always positive and always given him unconditional support. He was going through a divorce and I was there for him. He said that went a long ways. The reason I believe we broke up has to do with distance and he wanted to spend more time with me. He put more effort than me. I got comfortable and neglected his needs. The breakup was a wake up call. He started seeing someone else right after ended things with me. He’s the the type of guy who needs someone in his life to get over someone else. But it’s been 7 months and he’s still with her so does that make her still a rebound? He did reach out to me last month for the first time asking me how I was doing. Maybe he is having problems with the rebound and reach out to me. I believe he’s still with her though. I still love him and miss him everyday. I haven’t heard back from him since then.

    1. EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      February 17, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Hi K, so the average rebound is 5-8 months. But that is average. If you want to try and get him back then you need to read about the being there method and start applying that to your situation. If he has reached out to you then it shows he is open to talking to you even if he is with the new woman

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