What Are Your Chances of Getting Your ExBoyfriend Back

You Broke Up With Your Ex Boyfriend And Now You Want Him Back

Typically, there are three outcomes to a break up, you can initiate the break, he can initiate a break or you can both agree that you need to go your separate ways. This page is going to focus solely on the women who initiated the break up. So, the ideal person for this page would be a woman who wants to get her boyfriend back after breaking up with him. Before I get going there are a few things that I feel are really important to mention. First off, while I am going to do my very best to give you a winning strategy for getting your ex back I am not going to be able to cover everything that needs to get covered.

Don’t worry though because I put together the best free page on the internet that will literally break everything down for you step by step and teach you how to get your ex boyfriend back. Oh, and FYI, it is going to take you about 30 minutes to read it completely from start to finish (that is how much effort I put into that thing!)

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Common Reasons YOU Broke Up With Him

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There are a lot of different reasons that women break up with men (some being their fault.) I feel it is important to understand these reasons because it will let you know if your ex is really worth trying to get back. I want you to understand that I am writing pages for this website not because I want to make money, but because I want to help you and sometimes helping someone is telling them that their ex is not worth going back to. So, here is how this is going to work. I am going to list some of the most common reasons that women break up with their boyfriends and give my thoughts on each of them. Lets take a look at our reasons:

  • You believed that the other fish in the sea were better.
  • You were worried they were cheating on you (but they weren’t.)
  • They actually did cheat on you.
  • As time went on you became less and less attracted to them.
  • There was a huge fight that resulted in a breakup.

You thought you could do better.

I can do better

At one point of your relationship you thought you could do better. However, after the breakup you realized that you didn’t have it so bad with your ex significant other. This is a theme that is all too common among women so it is nothing to be ashamed of. While certain people might want to make you feel bad for feeling this way I actually applaud you. I think everyone deserves to get the best they can in the relationship department. Now, I will say that if your ex treated you poorly (ex: physical abuse, mental abuse) please do not go back to them. However, if they treated you ok then this is an easier reason to recover from. In fact, some of your ex boyfriends might welcome you back quite quickly but don’t expect things to be smooth sailing right out of the gate.

You were worried they were cheating on you (but they weren’t.)


Look, I can massage your ego as much as possible to soften the blow on this one but you messed up. It never feels good to get blamed for something that isn’t true, especially from someone who is supposed to have your back. Nevertheless, you are going to have to work on your jealousy issues. I am not saying that you are wrong for being jealous. Actually, being jealous is natural and everybody who is in a serious relationship will feel it at some time. However, you are going to have to do a better job on dealing with it in the proper way.

They actually cheated on you.

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I am going to be straight with you, a lot of “experts” out there are going to preach forgiveness and I agree with them to a certain extent but I disagree with the ones who don’t acknowledge that chances are, you aren’t going to have a happy ending with the person who cheated on you. So, I am not going to say anymore than this: I don’t like cheating but if you are considering getting back with this person figure out if his cheating was an isolated incident or has happened frequently. Has he cheated on other previous girlfriends? If so, it is a pattern.

You became less and less attracted to them.


Have you ever heard the phrase, familiarity breeds contempt. That is exactly what happened here. You were in a relationship so long with a person that everything they did (what they wore, how they talked, how they yawned) just got on your nerves and made them less attractive to you. So, you broke up with them but soon realized that they were the best boyfriend you ever had and you need them back ASAP. It is going to take some work but you can definitely salvage the situation.

There was a huge fight that resulted in a breakup.


If you have spent any time reading this site you may have noticed that I put together a page about legitimate reasons for wanting your ex boyfriend back. On that page I noted that one of the best reasons for wanting your ex back is if your relationship ended abruptdly or impulsively (as the result of a big fight.) Fights aren’t ever a fun experience. However, you definitely have a shot at getting him back.

Is Your Reasoning For Wanting Your Ex Back Ok?

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Now that I have listed some of the most common reasons that caused you to break up with your boyfriend it is time to do some soul searching and figure out if it is ok for you to actually take steps to getting him back. In case you are wondering, I would not recommend that every woman visiting this site go back to their boyfriend. In my view, it is all about your happiness and sometimes going back to your ex, while it could make you happy in the short term, isn’t always the best choice. So, the next big step I want you to take is to take out a piece of paper and write a detailed explanation on why you want your ex back.

Writing this explanation down is important for a number of reasons. First off, it might allow you to take a more objective look at yourself. I know that when I write down an explanation like this, take a break, come back and then read it, I can sometimes have an epiphany like “what was I thinking.” Secondly, it is going to force you to figure out if you wanting your ex back is just an impulse at this moment or a much deeper feeling. Again, I highly recommend that you check out the legit reasons for wanting your ex back article. That page pretty much sums everything up.

The Get Your Ex Back Strategy

A few months ago I had an idea. You see, at that point I was getting a lot of emails from women every single day asking for step by step plans to get their exes back. While I would have been happy to help them out getting your ex boyfriend back is such a complicated subject that there would be no way for me to describe, in detail, how to do it correctly in a short email. So, I came up with an idea.

I was going to create a step by step guide that I could point to any time someone wanted the exact process of getting an ex back. Well, the guide took two months for me to write but I am so happy I did it because it has helped so many women already (seen here.) You can check out the guide below!

Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO (The Step By Step Guide)


Written by EBR Teamate

Chris Seiter

474 thoughts on “You Broke Up With Your Ex Boyfriend And Now You Want Him Back”

  1. Jasmyne

    November 8, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Hey, I broke up with my boyfriend because he told my friend that he might break up with me because he didn’t think it was working out, and so I broke up with him. But, I can’t stop thinking about him, and I still love him but I don’t know if he still loves me.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Jasmyne,

      how old are you both? and how long was the relationship? Are you going to try the advice above?

  2. Holly

    November 6, 2017 at 2:37 am

    i need help….i broke up with my boyfriend because i felt like i was dragging him down and after we broke up he acted fine but told everyone he still loved me….and at first i didnt feel anything and then one night it all came crashing down on me of how much i love him but now i dont know what to do to get him back or if he even wants me back after what i did to him

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Holly,

      if he wants you back and told it to everyone else, then talk to him..

  3. Anne Siriwardane

    September 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I had a six year relationship. and I took the first step for breaking up with him because he treated me bad and I was afraid to spend the rest of my life with him. before that I met this guy who treated me as a queen and I took the decision of leaving my boyfriend forever. after I told my boyfriend that I wanted to leave him he was crying and got depressed and begging me not to leave him but I made up my mind to leave him forever. and after sometime the other guy I met asked me out like three times and I couldn’t ever say yes to him. I felt that I cant love any other person because I only love my boyfriend and though he treated me in a wrong way , I never cant forget him because my love for him is true. and I apologized him but now hes not coming back and now I’m suffering and depressed. he says that he cant get back together and he wants me to move on. I cant move on because I cant forget him and I’m so depressed. I need him back . I only can pray to god and there is no one out there to help me. I’m helpless and now its been an year. I went for medical help but no I cant forget him because he is my whole world. I texted him everyday crying and begging him to come. i can do anything to make him come back to me and save our relationship. he told me I’m sorry i cant because i remember how i suffered after you left me. sometimes i feel like killing my self and in every time i tell someone about my problem everyone tells me the save thing “let him go” or “forget him” or you deserve better. what should i do? i need help. i need to save my relationship.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      HI Anne,

      are you going to try the no contact rule?

    2. sophia valente

      September 29, 2017 at 4:03 am

      hi, i totally know how you feel. I was with my boyfriend all four years of highschool & we were so in love. I wanted him to be my husband & I wanted to have kids with him. The last six months of our relationship he stopped caring & started lying to me & after a while i got sick of it all & had to end things with him for myself. I couldn’t keep letting him walk all over me. He didnt understand & breaking up was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. I was depressed, felt alone, cried all the time because i didnt want it to end but it had to. I met a guy who treated me 100x better than he ever did but it wasnt the same. Its been a year & I still miss my ex boyfriend so much. Im still struggling with this because I want to reach out to him but I completely shattered his heart and he never wants to talk to me again. I really hope you know that your life is so valuable & you’re not going through something that is permanent. There were points in time that i felt like I wanted to die but nothing EVER is worth taking your own life. Im going to leave you with this: somebody once told me that God has a plan for you. He puts obstacles & things in your path to drive you off course, to test your faith. He does everything for a reason, you just have to trust that God knows whats best for you. Sometimes the things that feel right, aren’t & sometimes the things that seem wrong are right. Its really hard to get over things like this, i know from experience (still getting over it), but I really do believe this is making you a stronger person & you will eventually know Gods purpose when the time comes.

  4. Maranda

    July 25, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I broke up with my boyfriend after only 3 months of being together, but we were like best friends before we got together. He acted different while we were together. He had just broken up with his ex for cheating on him, so we got together. After we broke up he got with her again. I feel like she was just his rebound, though. I only realized what I was missing out on only after we broke up. I love him, and I need him back, but he’s still in an iffy relationship with his rebound. I don’t know what to do.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Maranda,

      actually it looks like you’re the rebound.. check this one:
      EBR 034: Are YOU The Rebound For Your Ex Boyfriend?

  5. Gil

    July 17, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I broke up with him after 5 years LDR. I felt it is not moving anywhere, the progress was very slow, I wanted to meet more often and make a plan for the future… He did say I was his priority, is just that he was not sure he wants to have a serious relationship with anyone, as in to live together or get married. We had a great connection, he said I was a wonderful person and he was lucky to have me in his life, but a stupid argument provoked the talk and then I saw no other way but to just break up to preserve my value if he was not ready to commit. He didn’t want to break up. I did more than a month of NC, and miss him terribly and would like to try again.. I have to say previously after arguments he would try harder and make more effort, and he was there for me when I needed him, which gives me hope that maybe he changed his mind. He is very stubborn and proud and won’t initiate talking after I told him to never contact me again… Would I look stupid by reaching now? What if he doesn’t take me seriously? And also I don’t want to just fall into the friends category..or worse to get back to the same gray zone again…

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Hi Gil,

      how much did you improve yourself and how active were you in posting?

    2. Gil

      July 19, 2017 at 11:19 am

      I did improve, started to date, exercised, travelled and posted new happy photos! He is not on social media though and doesn’t follow it at all, never did it, he is too busy for that..

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      that’s good that you did, but you need to be active in posting because that’s your indirect way of showing the change. He will get curious maybe now or by the time you talk to him.. So, continue improving yourself and do that first.. and then initiate maybe 2 or 3 weeks from now.

  6. Laura

    June 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Hi there, just looking for some advice on what to do.

    I broke up with my boyfriend of 7 years in February of this year. I feel that I had many people interfering in our relationship and I had to many people telling me what to do and i have regretting my decision ever since. We were in a long term relationship for about a year due to me being on a scholarship and I felt i wasn’t getting the support and effort I needed. However, one month no contact has passed and he contacted me and then we spoke briefly and then another month of no contact passed to which I then returned home for summer and I contacted him to see if he would meet up with me and without any hesitation he did. We talked about the break up and what happened and how much we both mean to each other and he was hurt by what happened, of course who wouldn’t. He likes to keep all his feelings to himself and doesn’t give much away however being with him 7 years I knew he still felt the same way and next he lent in to kiss me. I have always wanted to get him back since I broke up with him and he knows that I want us together and I don’t want to lose him for good. I know he wants it too but he says nothing can happen to I’m home for good which is in 6 months and I feel he is scared incase the long distance comes between us again. I feel that I am doing all the chasing and pursuing because theres nothing I want more than us together again. How do I turn the tables and have him chasing me and wanting this too?


    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      June 17, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Hi Laura,

      check this one:
      The Complete Guide To Getting An Ex Boyfriend Back In A Long Distance Relationship

      and you can’t keep doing nc, the more you do it the less it can help you over time.. so, if you’re going to restart, do the advice above properly..

  7. Nameless

    May 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Hi there! Thanks so much for this site and your advice!
    I was in a relationship with my ex for around 6 months, met the family and friends and everything like that. I broke up with him a couple of months ago because he was becoming distant and I felt like I had to make all the effort with him. I know he was stressed at the time due to workload and he had recently moved houses from being alone to living with a house with his friends. I think this also worried me as I felt like he wouldn’t give me as much attention as he did previously.
    After around a month of feeling like he was becoming distant I asked to meet up with him because I wanted to ‘talk’. On the day we agreed to meet he suddenly told me that he had to go to a friend’s birthday so he wouldn’t be able to meet until after 10. I said to forget it in that case. At the time, I was so worked up that I took it that he didn’t want to see me. I ended up sending him messages saying that he didn’t care about me so I didn’t want to be together. He ignored these messages until the day later when he called me and said that his moped had been stolen and that he had a deadline for work the next day and he couldn’t take anymore.
    Because his ped was stolen he asked me to go to his place and meet him to talk about things, but I was for some reason so annoyed that he wouldn’t come to me seeing as I was the one who was upset. I called him back and told him that I’ve kept telling him that I was unhappy for a while and I felt like he would simply brush it aside and for that reason I didn’t want to be with him. He told me that if I didn’t want to be with him then I should leave. There was no pleading from his side, no word of “lets try and work it out”. It was a very very short conversation, no discussion of what needed work in the relationship. So it ended it and I didn’t speak to him for a week. After a week I called him multiple times and basically begged for him to give us another chance. But at this point he said that he didn’t want to be with me, that he never loved me, he never saw us as long-term and that he was talking to someone else. After multiple attempts of trying to get him back I gave up.
    A few weeks later he sent me various messages asking if I wanted to meet up casually to do some work. I said no, because what he said to me about not loving me was so hurtful. He then eventually asked me how I would feel if he was changing his mind about not wanting to get back together. I told him that I couldn’t trust him so I didn’t know how it would work. At this point he just stopped replying. Another week later I called him asking if he wanted to study together. He said yes, but when I turned up his friend was also there. His friend ended up leaving and it was just us left. He told me that he didn’t want anything from me and I got upset and started crying and telling him how much he hurt me. He told me that we both hurt eachother. I decided to leave and he said that we could talk about it properly after his exams. The night before his exam he sent me a picture of what was coming up in them and I wished him luck. I also sent him a message asking him how they went, but no reply. I have not heard from him since and I don’t think he wants to meet up to talk about things anymore like he had said before his exam.
    He always said to me that once he had broken up with someone there was no chance he would ever go back to that person. He has a lot of pride and is extremely stubborn. I know it would’ve taken a huge hit to his ego that I was the one who ended it with him. What do I do now? I feel like he has lost feelings for me and there is no chance of us getting back together. Is this the end? I feel bad because I totally overreacted with breaking up with him, but he was no angel in our relationship either.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      May 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      do you want to try the advice above?

  8. Riti Rai

    March 25, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Please do read this. And please help me. Its . been Five days I hve broken up with my boyfriend. I hve been in a serious relationship with my boyfriend since an year. 1 month only we hve been together and after dat in long distance relationship. In Beginning he used to text me a lot.Caring for me and what I was upto. But since last 4-5 months he is so busy in his job that he hardly texts me. . So I used to get hurt often. One night when he didn’t text me. I felt awful and sent crying emoticons to him saying u don’t remember me from day to night single time. Next day he replied me its nthng like dat, I love u a lot. Only that m very busy. I said its ok. Then again next night happened the same. No texts at all. I texted Good Night and then no reply. I started to call him, 11 pm. He picked my call, I aaked him whether he was hvng issues with our relation. He said no its not like dat. My business not going well and I hve to make all arrangements for my sister’s marriage. So I am bit tensed. I pull away from you because I don’t want that you take tension. I was in much anger and humiliation dat time. So I said straight that you see your own life. M going and from tomorrow onwards I don’t know who are you and I hve moved on. He begged me a lot to stay back and don’t go. He told sorry. But I blocked him. And after 2 days unblocked him. He started to message again that you hve left me. I think my fate is only bad. May you get someone better than me. I pray for you. We ll never meet again. I read his messages and reblocked him. After blocking I cried. Now I have unblocked him again and I want him back in my life. I can’t imagine anyone else in place of him in my life. M feeling very sad and difficult to carry on with my studies. What shall I do please suggest.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      March 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Riti Rai,

      do you want to try the advice above?

  9. Lisa

    February 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I have been also ghosted and the funny part is I can’t understand what has happened. We meet from a reputed matrimonial site and started relationship in Dec 2015 when we met for 2 day vacation. We were texting and talking on phone a month before we met personally. I wasn’t that into him in the beginning but he was really chasing and really I will say earned my attention. We were in relationship for 5-6 months and I started seeing decline in interest after 2-3 months. The meetings starts getting canceled and then I was out for business trip for 2 consecutive months and then went to my home country. I also started having feeling that he is losing interest and may be somewhere I felt stuck as I can’t see anyone else and I am not sure if he is that interested. When I came back it was my birthday and he said he is busy that weekend and can’t meet. But he was making plans to go for a trip the other weekend (But never mentioned that we are gonna celebrate my birthday). I got heart broken and I asked him that I want to talk and then he just stopped texting me back and opened his profile on the online dating site where we met first. He texted me after 2 days of my birthday just a wish and I just said thanks. After a week I felt that may be I should initiate a contact and wont mention about our differences. I called and texted and he never responded. I also started moving but after a month I really missed him so I though I will give one more try and I emailed him just a simple saying sorry and that I love him. No response after a month he texted me saying he needs help with some of his school work. I said ok. He came and just didn’t wanted talk about relationship bcoz I thought it was over and helped him that day and during dinner he just catched up what he was doing for those 2 months and I told him about me. He again started communicating showing interest but never talked about what happened. But again after the week I was on a bussiness trip out of country. Texts again started to get less and less. I would see him on facebook but not text me back and I got angry and blocked him. But then again during halloween I just wished him just like to other friends and he immediately started responding. We started communicating once again. Then he asked me to join him for thanksgiving dinner with his family. It was great time his dad liked me :). He also treated me as if I am his girlfriend and was perfectly treating me. Until I came back to my city. The texts started slowly getting less. Now the last time was when it was 31 dec and I wished him for new year and he responded. After that I also stoped texting and after 20 days I texted asking how he is doing. I texted 3-4 times in week and telling what was going on with me. I could see he has read messages but didnt bothered to respond. I just did a final text saying that I am relieved he is ok as i can see he read texts. I won’t bother him anymore with texts and just wished him for birthday which is in Feb. It has been 10 days I havent heard from him. I sent him birthday gift which he should have received when I was texting him but ne never bothered to say thanks. But I will just think that may be we were not compatible all along. But I am in Love with him and it does hurt sometimes. Do you have insight or suggestions?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 8, 2017 at 12:26 am

      Hi lisa,

      You need to check this:
      What To Do If Your Ex Boyfriend Ghosted You

  10. Lucy

    January 30, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I’ve been in a long distance relationship for almost 5 months now. I love this guy so much and I know he loves me back, even more than I do but I broke up with him because things don’t go right. I have mental issues like depression and I’m bipolar and he’s always so positive and bright it makes me angry. (I know it’s not his fault) He studies medicine and I study art and it’s a big difference. He needs to study a lot and his reasons not to be there for me all the time are logical. When I told him I’m done, he said he’ll wait. I don’t want to break his heart but maybe we’re not meant to be. Maybe as my mom says Love is not enough..

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Lucy,

      get professional help and then explain to him why you need the breakup

  11. Sam

    January 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I have a kind of complicated situation. My ex and I were together for 8 months. About 2 months ago he started having concerns that he wasn’t ready for a relationship because he was not mature enough for one. He was constantly afraid of talking about things, wanted to make friends and new experiences a priority but still said he cared. We talked some things through and kept trying but things got too hard for him so he broke up with me. A few days later he decided that he had made a mistake and wanted me back so we got back together deciding to take things slow.

    After taking things slow for a month, I couldn’t take it. He was apathetic, felt like he had to call me or I would get mad,band would only text here and there. I broke up with him.

    A few days after we broke up he left the country for a study abroad trip. We talked before he left and he cried, said he had been crying and that it would be hard but it was the right thing to do.

    Ever since he has been gone (1 week) he seems like he is having a blast, posting on social media, liking pictures of girls he thought were attractive before we were together and not visiting my social media (SNapchat stories, didn’t like Instagram post).

    Today however he texted me saying he hoped my semester was going well and good luck. I didn’t respond. I don’t want him to think I will be here to talk whenever he wants.

    What do I do though? How do I make him miss me when he is abroad for 6 months and having a blast? Is he thinking of me even though his social media habits look like he’s having a great time being free

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Sam,

      He probably thinks of you, that’s why he texted you.. but do you want to try the no contact rule?

  12. Misty

    January 6, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I was with my man for e years and my husband got out of prison and proles out to my grandma .. and i did not tell my boyfriend so we got in big fight and no it has been 14 days and he will not talk to me but I love this man with all my heart . I have been so lost with out him what f o I do

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Misty,

      are you going to do the advice above?

  13. Sarah

    December 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    My boyfriend and I broke up after a few rough months which ended in him creating a single profile on a dating website. He keeps saying he misses me and wants to work it out but then he goes MIA. Saying he was busy with work, fell asleep, got busy cleaning, etc. He always has an excuse as to why he can’t or didn’t call and text or why he didn’t come over or can’t go out. Not sure what to make of his behavior. He talks a good line but isn’t following through with his actions .

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      how long has it been like that and are you going to do the no contact rule?

  14. Dee John

    December 27, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I broke up with my boyfriend of 3 yes and 10 mos. today. For the past year and 4 mos, it’s been an ltr. I haven’t been a priority for him, he is always busy, he rarely calls, we don’t video chat anymore, everytime I call, I get his vmail, when we do speak, the conversations have no substance, and he never wants to talk about the future and clising the distance. I think the nail in the coffin was that we didn’t speak on Christmas Day. I called him 12 times just wanting to hear him, but the excuse was thst his phone ringer was off. Today all the loneliness and feelings of neglect swelled after him not having heard from him. After pouring my heart out and telling him how I felt, he listened in silence and then the call dropped. He hasn’t called back and didn’t answer when I called again so I finished the conversation via text to of course, no reply. I am making my peace that I am not nor will probably ever be a priority, but my heart mourns because it wasn’t like this before he relocated. I mean he had communication issues, but in a long distance relationship, communication is vital, i never thought it would get this bad. He seems to think that we would grow while not being nurtured. I’m just praying that I made the right decision.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Hi Dee John,

      you did.. It’s pointless to keep trying to talk to somebody who doesnt want to talk

  15. JC

    December 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    My ex broke of with me after several years due to her depression and needing to be alone. She said she still loves me and doesn’t want to break up, but she feels like she needs to because nothing is right and she can’t tell if it’s us or her depression.

    I know there is a difference between wanting to be alone, and wanting to see other people. I know it’s possible she may never come back and at the end of the day she wants space, but I’m unsure how to give her space. Should I NC for a few weeks, wait until she contacts me, or treat it like she’s not coming back?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Jc,
      it would be better to treat it like she’s not coming back.. that you’re doung nc to heal and improve and that after it you’re just going to build rapport by starting out friends first

  16. Alice

    December 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Hi, I was with my boyfriend for awhile a year ago now and I broke up with him for a lot of reasons;
    I was busy with my college work and he would get mad when Id stay at home to do work instead of seeing him
    He had an ex pregnant with his baby and about to give birth which of course made us all stressed and nervous and I wasnt ready to be involved with his child
    My dad absolutely hated the idea of me having a boyfriend as I had a bad break up nine months before and this made him not want to come to my house amd made me and my dad argue a lot about him
    I had only been cheated on nine months before so I was very untrusting with him and thought he would hurt me so I thought I should break up with him before he could break my heart

    We recently were both out and met up and it sparked eveything between us again but Im scared that all of these reasons are still making it too difficult and might still put a strain on us.
    Of course as I broke his heart he still isnt sure if he should trust me again or not so we are both very unsure. Please give me some advice,

    Thanks, Alice.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Alice,

      Wait, you were with him a year ago? That means he was the one that cheated on you?

    2. Katelyn

      December 27, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      I had suffered through a similar problem with my ex. If you broke up with him through stress and other causes, it’s pretty likely he knows that you didn’t break up with him because you didn’t like him anymore. If you really show him how much you care, I bet it will work out.
      Sincerely, Katelyn

  17. Joanna

    December 12, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I broke up with my boyfriend of over 2 years exactly two months ago because, while he was loyal, dedicated, loving and treated me like the love of his life, (he had even met my mother and treated her well), he one night burst out “THAT’S WHY I DONT WANT TO LIVE WITH YOU” while we were watching a show we like to watch together and eating dinner. We were fussing over whose place we wanted to stay at that night, mine or his, and when I brought up how if we lived together in the future, these small issues won’t matter as much, he FREAKED. The next weekend he told me that he loves me but doesn’t want to ever live with me, or anybody, and that he isn’t sure he’ll ever get married, and that he isn’t even sure he wants to be strictly monogamous. Suddenly, out of nowhere, he seemed to want to have all this power, and said all these hurtful things about how we weren’t “serious” and that I should be focused on my career and not worry about living with him when I am applying to be a professor at universities all over the country. Suddenly, I was heartbroken, but I just couldn’t believe him… I felt like there was something else he wasn’t saying. I told him if he really believed those things, that our core values didn’t align and we should break up. He didn’t want me to break up with him, and said we should think about it and make a decision after I get back, but that he didn’t want to date anybody else and nobody else would be like me (mixed messages!)
    I left for a business trip and when I came back we went to dinner and had a good time, but then he brought up everything again, and it seemed like he wanted the relationship on his terms. He took me home and in the car he wanted to discuss everything. I was tired and cranky, but he went over it all again.
    “I never wanna live with anybody. Even if you stay in our city and don’t move away next Fall, I want things to stay the way they are… We are both academics and we have to be realistic about our futures” etc, etc, etc.
    I stopped him, told him I loved him, but that it was time for us to move on. He tried to call my bluff and said “WAIT!” but I just repeated myself and walked away.
    18 days into no contact he texted me to see how I was doing and to ask if he could come over with some earrings. I didn’t ignore him, instead I replied that I wasn’t ready to see him yet and I needed some more space (it was true). He responded that he understood.
    When I got back to him two weeks later he was neutral and a little cold. I was leaving to Istanbul for a week and wanted to catch up, maybe try to get back together with him, but he didn’t want to see me but wished me well on my trip and said while he respected me and thought I was an exceptional woman, he would always be there to support me as a friend. My friend told me he got on Tinder just 12 days after we broke up…
    Then my uncle died right after I got back from Turkey. He sent me a condolence message but did not call. I simply thanked him. Last week he posted sad song lyrics on Facebook from a song called” live with me” with a photo of himself cuddling a piece of bread (i kid you not).
    Three days ago I did text him Happy Birthday sweetly and discovered he was on a birthday date! With another woman! He had thanked me for my message and asked me how I was doing, we exchanged some texts and he then accidentally messaged me his dinner plans instead of the woman he was going on a date with. I called him out on it and he apologized, but instead of admitting to him that I was devastated, I first deleted him from Facebook (which I now regret), and then I sent a text pretending to be cool and telling him he deserved to have fun on his birthday and do or date whatever he wanted. He texted me back that he had saw on my instagram I had applied for graduation for PhD in a few months, and wished me luck with it.
    I haven’t written back. I keep wanting to open up more and get back into building rapport, but I haven’t been able to do NC for more than 3 weeks… should I ignore his text and try to go another 29 days, or should I try to build rapport? I’m so confused by him. And now he must think I’m really off my rocker for unfriending him, but the reason why I did it is because I was obsessively checking his page to see who this woman he was on his birthday dinner with could possibly have been!
    I was torturing myself and needed to stop.
    I know I was right not to accept his relationship terms, but the truth is, I wasn’t ready to live with him now and was fine continuing the relationship if he would have just said he’s scared or unsure of the future… but when a man says “NEVER” what other choice did he leave me but to walk away? I love him and keep thinking he will call and say he was wrong, that he wants to be with me…
    what should I do now? I’m so sad. I was generally happy with him and now I feel like a piece of me is missing. I don’t understand why he said all those things and I can’t believe he is already with other women from Tinder. I miss him and love him, but I’ve just pretended like it’s all cool… Should I be honest with him or just wait and let him come to me? I really believed he’d have fought for me by now… but its 2 months and nothing but these friendly texts. I’m so hurt. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    1. Joanna

      December 12, 2016 at 6:15 am

      i have to clarify when he contacted me the first time he wanted to come over with earrings I’d left at his place and a sweater of mine I used to keep there…

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 14, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Joanna,

      You know walking away is an ungettable girl move. That’s the right thing because he is trying to hand over to you what he wants, and if you didn’t have standards, you would have said yes just to keep him. It’s a battle of standards, whoever is more serious will more likely convince the one who isn’t, or the other person will leave if he/she is strong with his/her standards too. For now, start the count of straight 30 days and be active in improving yourself during and after nc. Take this as a restart. Start over being as friends first after nc, and then slowly build rapport. See, if he changed. If he still gave you the same offer, then you have to move on.

    3. Joanna

      December 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Damn. I got impatient and asked him to meet up, but he isn’t responding. What if he DOES in fact respond? Should I still meet him or implement NC?

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 15, 2016 at 9:53 am

      If you asked to meet up to talk, and if he agrees, talk first..because you would be confusing if you suddenly backed off when you were the one who invited talking.. And then restart nc if he it didnt work out

    5. Joanna

      December 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks. Should I ask to get back together, or just talk as friends and see how he’s been doing? It’s hard to know how to say the right thing in the right way without pushing him away further.

    6. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      If he agreed to talk, that means he’s either willing to work it out or he just wants you to have closure.. So, talk about how he is first, thank him for coming, what he’s been upto, be interested,interact..share what you’ve been doing.. More likely he’s going to say he wants you back if he wants you back.. If not, act as if that talk is just for closure and you’re moving on and then restart nc..

    7. Joanna

      December 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Success. He has offered to meet for coffee next week. But I’m not convinced that I shouldn’t ask him back or tell him I don’t want to lose him. I mean.. Im’ the one who broke up with him. Now that I’ve had time to reflect and am okay with us taking it day by day and not attached to the future outcome, shouldn’t I let him know that and tell him I love him and I’m sorry for impulsively breaking it off? What do I have to lose?

    8. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 21, 2016 at 5:48 am

      ok, that’s a good mindset! Go ahead and ask him.. Good luck! 🙂

    9. Joanna

      December 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      It was so sad. He said he wasn’t expecting that I would want to get back together and then he invalidated my feelings and kind of talked down at me. He told me he moved on and said “If it helps to hear I’m not in love with you anymore.” He said he wants to explore other options. It was just a reaffirmation of why I broke up with him in the first place. I told him he was a good boyfriend and he said that he learned a lot from me and was grateful for those 2 years… but I think it was good for me to meet with him even though it hurt me, because now I can move on and realize that I was right to break up. Thanks.

    10. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I agree.. it would be easier for you to move on because you know you did what you can

  18. Heidi

    November 26, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Hi….. I broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years about 10 month’s ago because I thought there were better options for me. I dated another guy who didn’t have the “flaws” my ex did. It didn’t take me long to realize everyone has flaws and the ones my ex had were just me being maticulous and over reacting. I’ve worked on myself a lot and haven’t talked to him in a couple of months. About a week ago he texted me asking for one of his things back that he forgot at my house. We’ve had small casual conversations since then but we don’t talk about the past. I really want him to know how much I miss him but I don’t know what to say or do.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      HI Heidi,

      why not try to slowly build rapport?

  19. Sunshine

    November 24, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I broke up with my bf because i feel unloved, neglected, and ignored. I told everything to him. But it seems that he doesn’t want to break up. He said he was sorry and that the problem is him. He is a good guy. For our 2 years relationship he never yelled, said bad things to me, hurt me physically. And he is very loyal. It’s just that sometimes I don’t feel loved. He is not showy with his feelings, but I need that. Especially we are in an ldr now.

    Also, I am not his priority. He told me his work and his family are his priority and he knew that I know that. I gave him a chance. The first few days he’s updating, then after a while he disappeared again for 2 days. It is his day off that’s why I got pissed, why would texting and calling me seem to be pretty hard for him? I am in no contact for 3 days. I am not being needy. I don’t need him to update me all the time. It’s just that whenever we have a conversation I feel we are not talking. It feels like he is not interested at all. It I told him already that I do not want him doing that but now he still do it.

    On my no contact days, he is still texting me good morning and good night texts but I am not responding. Last text I received was that he was at the hospital. I almost replied but I asked some of his coworkers and they saidothing bad happened to him and he was just visiting.

    I just want to see effort.
    Should I continue the no contact or should I tell him straight what I wanted.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Sunshine,

      Tell him what you want and what you need. Communicate first.

  20. Ms. Sunshine

    November 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Hi. I hope you can help me with this one.

    I broke up with my boyfriend last week, well not totally broken up. I told him I was getting tired and i wanted to rest from all the disappointments I had with our relationship.
    He is a really good guy. We were in a relationship for a year and a half. Half the time were together, the other in an ldr. He never hurt me physically. Although when we had a fight, he would just ignore me and all, that will last for days then he will pretend that nothing happened and won’t talk about it.

    I love him so much! The only problem we had is that I am not his priority. His priority is his job and family. And that made me feel unloved, neglected, and ignored. That’s why I decided to end things for us for a.while. But that’s because I wanted to.see if he.will make an effort to have me by his side. It’s been 3 days since I started the no contact rule. He is still texting me good morning and good night text. The last message he sent me was that he was in a hospital. I was worried and almost replied but then my friend told me that if he was really in danger, he wouldn’t be able to send me a message. Turned out, it’s.true. He was just visiting. Maybe it was a trick message just so I would reply.

    It’s not the first time I ask for space in our relationship. The last time we talked, i made it clear what I wanted. We agreed not to break up. But only on the few days were things okay. After a while, he can take 2 days without even calling and checking on me. He said he was busy but I don’t think that’s enough reason. Sending a message could only take a minute of your time right? I mean, why is it so.hard for him to do that. He was not like that before when we were together. Things get rough when we became in an ldr. I am not being clingy or needy. I don’t need for him to uodate me all the time if he’s really busy. But whenever we have a conversation, it feels.one-sided. Like he is not interested. I feel like we are jot communicating anymore. He said that things changed. And that the problem is him and he was sorry. I gave him chance but he always do that, always making me feel ignored. Like when I ask him to call me, he won’t respond or say that he is doing something. It just hurts me so bad.

    Now that I am doing NC, I just want him to realize that I can be happy without him. That I won’t be the same girl anymore that gets excited whenever his name showed on my phone. Then leaves me hanging. 🙁

    I just miss him so much. It was his dream iob. I told him I will.support him all the way. But i never thought that I would be out of the picture. And it just hurts to see that he is chosing his job over me. Things changed. He always said he love me but I cannot see it anymore. I want to see effort. 🙁

    Should I just continue my NC?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Sunshine,

      Tell him what you want and what you need. Communicate first.

  21. Busisiwe

    November 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I’m Busisiwe. I have been dating with a guy and it’s been 3years now.he is my first love .I love him so much .I cheated on him thinking that he does not love me anymore. I broke up with him yesterday but I can’t take it anymore I want him back. What can I do.please help..Thank you.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm

  22. belladonna

    November 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    well i messed up on breaking up with my bf i thought he cheated on me because my friend said so i broke up with him,but 2 days ago i was talking to her and she said it was a joke i slapped her and i want him back

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Belladonna,

      let him cool down, and then talk to him again..

  23. Allison

    November 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

    So I had broken up with my 2 1/2 year relationship with my bf just a little over 3 weeks ago because he has anger issues. The time I had left was that he got angry over something little and kicked me out of his place. After I left, I felt hurt that I blocked him on all social media. I thought he would contact me and apologize for his wrongdoings but haven’t heard from him at all. After blocking him, he got the picture it was over and deleted all of our pictures/videos together. Hearing from his roommates and sister, it sounds like he’s really over saying, “fuck her, she deleted me, it’s over. Forget about it.” But I’m not sure if that’s anger talking or he’s really over. It hurts because it feels like our relationship of 2 1/2 years was a waste. I’m trying the no contact but I know he has so much pride I’ll never hear from him again. I want to contact me in a few weeks-months or so but due to his anger issues I’m scared he’all push me away.

    1. Allison

      November 8, 2016 at 10:51 am

      How can I approach him?

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 11, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Allison,

      By anger issues, do you mean he always talks disrespectfully to you? Before thinking about how to approach to him, try doing a 30 days.. Yes, you didnt talk for weeks now, but it wasnt really focused in healing, improving doing new things and making new friends.. Do that first and continue it even after no contact..

    3. Allison

      November 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      When he isn’t angry about something, he is a good man, treating me with respect but when he gets irritated with something, it seems like I’m not his girlfriend and yells at me. Anyways, you had mention to focus on healing and to continue even after the no contact, does that mean I should not even bother trying to approach him? I was okay in the beginning thinking I made the right decision but now feel like days are getting harder and I’m starting to regret my decision.. I miss him dearly. I want to get back with him.

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      nope, it meas continuing to have your own life apart from him even after nc. If you started going to gym, dont stop. If you volunteered,continue volunteering. Made new friends? Continue seeing them and making new friends. Dont stop growing and improving..

  24. Stephanie

    November 8, 2016 at 3:53 am

    I broke up with my ex four weeks ago after dating him for three months. He told me he didn’t know if he wanted to meet my parents when I asked him to come to a wedding with me. Because my family is extremely important to me I broke up with him then and there. The strange part was that he had done a lot of things over those three months that made me feel like he was serious about me, including telling me he loved me, which is why I was so surprised when he when he was scared to take things further. After I told him I didn’t want to see him anymore he called once the next day, didn’t leave a text or voice mail, and that was the last I’ve heard from him. Now I am missing him and wonder if the reason he isn’t contacting me is because he thinks I don’t want to be with him. Am I just being crazy?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      you may be right but whether he wants to talk to you or not, it still doesnt change the fact that he didnt want to meet your parents..are you ok with that now?

  25. Luna

    November 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Hi. I dated my ex for eight and a half months; I initiated the breakup towards the end of July. I had felt there wasn’t enough affection. After a couple weeks or so I had removed him from Facebook, not out of anger, out of an assumption that he wasn’t going to talk to me anymore anyway (an assumption that would be proven false). In September, I started seeing my previous ex. I decided, probably against my better judgement, for another chance with him.

    Around the beginning of October, I sent my ex a friend request on Facebook because I wanted to at least stay on good terms, something I had managed to do with my previous ex’s. I wasn’t at all expecting him to message me or for me to have feelings for him again. But that’s what happened. He basically expressed regret for being aloof and not making a real connection with me, expressed having a hard time doing some of the stuff we used to do together after I left. We hung out a few times platonically. Well the break-up with the other ex happened last Friday. I decided to end things due to the fact he wants children and I don’t, and it seemed to be a ticking time bomb and I didn’t want to face a possibly inevitable future breakup down the road with him and miss my chance at getting back with my other ex.

    There’s a lot of regret in everything that happened and I’m honestly scared I screwed things up. I had told my ex I wanted another chance with him and regretted having broken up to begin with. I had to clarify in another message I didn’t mean anytime soon, since my breakup had just happened. I felt I had worded things pretty well but I shouldn’t have said it so soon. When my ex and I had first started talking, he said he wanted to build off of a friendship because he wants something real. The last time we hung out, two days ago, it was pretty relaxed, he was a bit flirty, not too much. What I really want to know is, how do I continue with things? Should I go into no contact from here? Is there a chance he might want to just settle as friends?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 7, 2016 at 12:07 am

      Hi luna,

      when you confessed that you wanted to try again, he said he just wanted to be friends?

    2. Luna

      November 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      No, sorry, let me try to clarify better. What happened was, when I friend requested him, he started talking to me, and when he expressed regret over all that happened, that was when I casually made a comment about how things might be different if I weren’t in the relationship with the other guy. That’s when he said he wanted to build off of a friendship because he wants something real, basically a potential to move back into a relationship but starting off slowly. So from there we had hung out a few times and he’s been flirty. I should probably also mention my ex is a bit introverted and quiet. Also yesterday he messaged me asking what we are doing this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday, his days off. Since I had only just broke things off with my other ex last week, I do think that factors in to him approaching the situation differently because he doesn’t want to be a rebound. I’m really worried he may not want to move beyond friends, what should I do?

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      ah well, I agree with him..take things slow. If you go out or talk to him, have fun but your priority rught now should be yourself, on finding and building yourself independently

  26. Sandra

    November 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Hi……my ex boyfriend and i dated a year ago we broke up and 6months later he came back we dated for 5months and he broke up saying am too disrespectful and nagging.I made the mistake of begging later i started NC he called m sure other was a mistake becuz texted him that i saw his miss cal wassup but he didn’t reply.As we broke up as i begged he told me he has move on.Presently i restarted the nc don’t know if i have a chance with him again.I am 21 and he is 28…..Please advice me

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Sandra,

      since you restarted, make the most of it. Improve yourself, make it seem like you’re moving on..

  27. Alyssa

    October 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve been in a relationship for a year with a guy that I really liked, that had a crush on me and that is in my class in university. I several time broke up with him for the same reasons: he was pressuring me to meet him when sometimes I needed space for me, he was sticky, jalouse about my friends and even sometimes mad when I went out with my girlfriends. He was too confident for me sometimes and that made me felt kind of inconfortable because I am not confident at all.
    Several years ago, his mom had cancer so they put a lot of money in her treatment so he had a limited budget, which I can understand, but once he asked me for money and I wasn’t feeling good about that sort of relation to kind of “support” a guy. So I told him several time to find a job, so he would not be dependant on the budget that his parents gave him and he will have extra for his hobbies. His best friends, decided that he wasn’t “wealthy” enough to be friends with them which definitely shocked me. And at this time he was really sticky because he had no friend, no money, and I felt stifled. He failed his exams because he wasn’t really into it and I decided to work with my friend because he even once told me that he wanted to drop school. He started to be really mad at me, saying that I was doing nothing for him and that he will fail because of me. So I broke up after exams.
    He retook exams, and still if we were not together, I decided to help him, sending him my notes, pushing him to hire a tutor, and he succeeded all his exams. I was trying to cheer him up and support him at any case even if something I think he used words against me that were too strong.
    Right after exams, I pushed him to find a job. I helped him with his first interview, then he got a second one and he was hired.
    We talked on the phone because I was traveling and he said that we couldn’t be friends because he still had feelings for me and to forget me he needed to move on. So slowly I started to talk less to him, and I instaure the 3 weeks no contact rules. After that, I was still thinking a lot about him and he send me a text right after our 3 weeks no contact rule, saying that he had been promoted and that they wanted him to go to Greece for his company.
    I was happy but didn’t understood why suddenly he was saying that to me.
    I came back to the country for 4 days and told him that I will be there. He came back too and we meet one night. I went to his place, we talked, he said he needed me in his life and that he wanted me back forever. After this night I traveled again but we were talking, keeping in touch.
    2 weeks after the “famous night” doctors found out that my sister needed to be operated from something that she was suffering off. I was scared so I called him and I told him about my sister but he wasn’t really reassuring me. I told him that I will have an interview for a company that he used to work with, and he told me to say that “my ex encourage me to ask for a job there”. I told him that I wasn’t used to call him my “ex” and he said that I should be used to it, that a relationship couldn’t be on play and pause all the time. And I asked him “what about the night when we saw each other” and he answered me “c’est la vie”.
    He knew that I will be back to the country the week later and he was suppose to pick me up. So at the end of this phone call he asked me at what time I will arrive and I told him to forget about it.
    Few days after he liked one of my picture on Instagram and said that I looked beautiful and sent me a private joke as well by text.
    Days after, I took a flight, hoping that he would be at the airport, but when the doors opened, nobody was there for me. I started to cry.
    The day after he sent me a text “hey welcome back ! hope you got in safely”. I was so disappointed I just answered “yes thanks” and he said “great”. That was Wednesday. Since, I have no news, I am scared to see him on a street, maybe with a girl, and I don’t want to see him for the first time at school because it will be also his birthday. I still have deep feelings for him but I feel hurt. I felt like he changed and I wanted to know if there is still a chance to build a healthier relationship, if he still wants me and if he is not going to throw me the “ice bucket of my life”. I still have he sweatshirt at home, that he wanted back. It’s killing me to see the time past and nothing happen.
    I am scared to contact him but I don’t know if he will and if there is any chance that we go back together in a better relationship.
    Please help me !

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Hi Alyssa,
      Even if you had three weeks of nc, you still have to take it slow once you’re back in school… You have to continually improve and heal..

      although, honestly, it doesn’t sound good that it looks like dominates you because of his confidence.
      the power should be equal.. And it’s like he’s verbally abusing you..

  28. Esha

    October 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Hi, i have been in a relationship with my bf for the last 3years though it has been a long distance relationship.He first broke up with me early in the year and i thought the main reason was the distance and failing to show him that i was committed to the relationship, a number of people assisted including his mum in talking to him and he finally saw the need to get back together with me, i finally decided to involve my family since i wanted to show him i was as committed to this relationship as he is, unfortunately things dint turn out ok with my family mainly because of he is from a different background from mine, well he was very disappointed and he ended up sulking for sometime, during then i started communicating with someone else, after sometime the guy came around and we were back on track on coming up with a way to fix this issue we are facing with my family, unfortunately after a visit i took to his place he got to see some texts that i had communicated with the other guy and just as i was leaving for home he confronted me, he then asked me to admit to him about the relationship which i did,and that is when ended the relationship. He clearly told me that he does not trust me,does not want to see me, i should never communicate to him of his family and that was the last time he was ever going to call me.I know i messed up by having some texts and entertaining this, but i really want to fix things with him, i know that i love him, and do not want to be needy at all, is there a possibility of getting him back?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Esha,

      although you didnt cheat with him, I think you should follow this one:
      Fix Your Relationship If You Cheated On Your Ex Boyfriend Before Its Too Late (Video)

  29. Alice

    October 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I’ll try to make this as short as possible as it would be a really really long story if I would go into each and every detail.
    I was in 10 year long relationship until April this year. Things started getting sour on November after he got into this new professional school back in october. We had a 1 week break on January as he said he was having mixed feelings and didn’t like me as he used to, lost interest in the relationship and that we were heading different paths. After that week passed he decided he wanted to stay with me. Then later April,we broke up because he said he felt like before and I immediately started no contact.
    Well, two weeks passed and he contacted me and we spoke in person. He said he regreted the breakup, that he wanted to be with me,etc. I said I needed some time to think about it and after almost two weeks I contacted him, we spoke and got back together.

    About two weeks after we got back together he went to another town to begin an internship, but we saw each other almost each week on his days off and spoke by phone every day. Nevertheless, I had many rough days as the thought of what happened crossed my mind many times a day and I was afraid the he was going to feel like he used. I expressed this concern to him quite a few times and he calmed me down and even gave me something that symbolized that “ghosts” should be gone.

    Fast forward to September where is internship ended and going back to 2 days after he came back, we went somewhere for a talk(where I had no expectance of anything, unlike the previous breakup where I immediately realized what was happening). Long story short, he revealed to me that he met someone there who he was starting to like and whom he had only been with twice and in the company of other people. After hearing this I said that I couldn’t be with someone who isn’t 100% into me and tried to leave.
    He wanted to talk a bit more but I said that there wasn’t anything more to talk about and left. Later I got to know that he wanted to say that he still wanted to try even after feeling like this.
    Unfortunately I only have common friends with him and after speaking to them after the breakup, one of them told me he chased a girl back in November when things started getting sour. It came as a bit of a shock as I wasn’t expecting anything like this from him.

    A week later after the breakup we both attended the same event which I know by a common friend he wasn’t exepecting me at all to go to and got really disturbed. In fact, he told her he even thought I wasn’t going to attend the new courses I had spoken previously of and that he felt sorry for me, to which she denied. Basicaly he assumed my life was going to a halt and that I wasn’t capable of handling myself without him.
    So, in that event he caught me alone and dragged me into a conversation to which he told me he was rash, he was an idiot that he loved me in “his own way”,etc. I told him I knew about the girl back in November and he said other people got it wrong, that it was her who chased him. Once again I told him I wouldn’t be with someone who wasn’t a 100% into me, meaning I wouldn’t be with him if he also liked someone else. After a few more excuses from him I said we had nothing more to talk about and left while he tried to convince me to stay and speak to him.

    Next day he sends me a message saying that some things were left unsaid and that we should talk that night. I didn’t reply.
    That same day I came to know by our mutual friend, that he met with this girl for dinner the night before he came back. He was supposed to come that night he had dinner with her, but I spoke with him on the phone and he said he had a dinner with some people. So, he stayed one more day because of her. He also has no idea I know of this.

    Currently I have been in no contact since almost a month and I’m taking baby steps in improving myself. I know he’s been seeing a therapist as he recognizes he is not ok with his mind constantly changing back and forth. I don’t know if he ever saw her again, but I know he was supposed to meet up with her the week after we broke up. I also know he sent her a message before the event we went to and which to my knowledge she didn’t reply.
    From what my friend said last week he is going through a rough patch and regretting what he has done to me.

    I know I can’t make him forget this other girl and I can only control my own actions. I also know complacency led to a distance in our relationship, though we never had many fights and we got along well during the course of it.
    I think we didn’t have enough time to try anew after we had got back.
    Since almost a month passed should I continue with no contact to 45-60 days like it says on the on/off article or should I do more? Do you have any suggestions of what I should do?My confidence and self-esteem weren’t very big and they took a really big hit now.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Alice,

      You’ve been so long together, he just saw as somebody who is probably always going to be there.. That he won’t lose.. That’s why one of the most important factors in a long term relationship is keep to improving yourself, to keep growing, so that there’s always something that makes your partner wonder and get to know you more.. I’m not saying it’s all your fault, that’s just how it is with long term relationship..

      And him experiencing new things, probably made him feel the grass can be greener every time he meets someone new..

      I think you should do at least 60 days..

      That’s the only thing I can say actually because it looks you already know what to do..

    2. Alice

      October 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Why 60 days minimum?If 60 days would be the minimum,then those 60 days will fall exactly on his birthday,though if it were now I wouldn’t know if I should send him any message as I feel hurt and disappointed at him.

      On another note, do you think the grass will always be greener for him?

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Because you’ve been back and forth many times, and he has already taken you for granted a lot of times.. I think you got together young right? I forgot to ask how old you both were, but it looks like, either in 20s or 30s..

      There will always be someone better, that’s a fact in all relationships. That’s why you need to have the same core values. The non negotiables and at the same time, you both keep improving. In your case, he kind of started growing faster than you.. but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to grow too right? Now is your chance..

      And that means you won’t greet him because it’s in the 60 days..

    4. Alice

      October 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Yes, I forgot to say that I was 19 and he was 20. Well I guess in terms of improvement, at least in the physical sense, I got my first job(internship) at the beginning of the last year until last May, while he was still struggling with what he wanted to do with his life, only finding what he wanted back in November where he entered a professional school. Unfortunately he changed in some good and bad ways(he says he’seasily influenced).I find him now more confident of himself in one hand,but on the other hand I never thought he would be like this to me.
      Maybe what I need the most is an internal change more than an outside one?

      Anyway, what I mean with the 60 days is the 60th is the last day of no contact. Should I ignore that day altogether and don’t contact?I guess it would be kind of strange if I contacted a few days after his birthday

    5. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 15, 2016 at 3:32 am

      ah his bday is in the 60th day? Nope, dont greet him.. and yes, the change should be internal too..

      check this too:
      EBR 057: Birthdays And The No Contact Rule

    6. Alice

      November 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      So, a few days ago my ex drove past me while I was waiting for my father to pick me up. He saw me and a few seconds later turned his car around and pulled up. He was coming in my direction, but at that exact moment my dad was arriving so I said to him from afar that my dad was coming. He immediately got into his car and drove away.
      I know from a common friend that he has been wanting to send me a message again saying that we should talk, but she made him promise to leave me be. I know that the conversation would be something like what he told me at the wedding that he was rash, he was an idiot, that he loved me in “his own way”,etc

      Anyway, after speaking with our common friend she told me he sometimes thinks that our break up was for the best, but other times he wants to be with me. My friend thinks that he is feeling awful and all of that because that other girl he met up before we ended,wasn’t much into him, otherwise he wouldn’t even think about me. She’s also afraid that if we got back together a similar situation might happen.
      Also, If my friend gave him green light I’m sure he would send me a message saying he wanted to see me. So for now,the ball is kind of in my court.

      So, with all of this, do I have to restart no contact after this last event or should I let him contact me? Also, is it possible for me to do things to prevent him from wandering off again if we ever get back together again?I definately don’t want to be the backup plan(which would be a nice article “How not to be the backup plan”)

    7. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you for the suggestion! You can just continue on with the count..

      if you bump into him again and he initiates a relationship talk, just
      listen.. If it’s just to explain himself just listen and agree.. you don’t have to restart the count if that happens because you didn’t engage and said emotional things. You just listened..

      always have your own life while being a great girlfriend.. if you see signs that he’s making you a back up plan, walk away..Him knowing that you would walk away for your standards, will make him think twice in doing something that can hurt you intentionally

    8. Alice

      November 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      So, I shouldn’t tell our common friend to tell him he has the green light to send me a message and instead wait the full 60 days and contact him myself?I know that if I contact him he would probably immediately want to talk about the relationship, so there really wouldn’t be an opportunity to “build attraction”, so I’m kind of a bit lost on this part here. I also was wondering, considering his birthday lays on the last day of no contact and I want to wait a few days before contacting him, what if he gets mad for not sending him a congrats message?

    9. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      it’s ok if he initiates a relationship talk. What matters more is how you react when he does and what he says. If he says he wants to get back together, tell the truth that you’re not ready because of what happened. You want to take things slow because you don’t trust him enough and you value yourself because you’re not a back up plan. If he really is serious, he will prove it to you.. If he says, he just wants to be friends, just agree. if he gets angry, that’s still a good sign.. because that means he’s still expectinYg you to greet. Just like what Chris said in the podcast. You want him to be surprised that you didn’t. There’s already a potential that he will treat you as a back up because he knows how much you were crazy about him.. It’s time that he starts to think you’re not that crazy about him anymore.

    10. Alice

      November 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      I didn’t understand the part where you say “if he gets angry, that’s still a good sign.. because that means he’s still expectinYg you to greet. Just like what Chris said in the podcast. You want him to be surprised that you didn’t. ”
      Also if he wants to be my friend doesn’t it defeat the purpose of getting back together,since i’ll be friendzoned?I also don’t know if i can be friends with him.
      I was in a relationship for so long that i don’t know,what do you mean with taking things slow?

    11. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      oops sorry! because if he doesnt totally care, he wouldnt be angry if you dont greet him.. And you have to let him think. Let him worry why you didnt greet him. Because it lets him miss you..

      You’re just starting out as friends, and then you’ll build rapport and attraction along the way..

      Taking things slow means you have start out as friends, do the push pull theory by having good conversations every time you have one and ending it yourself in high note.. not being too available by maintaining the routine you started in no contact period and maintaining yourself.. Be the ungettable girl. Be somebody that he would want to have because you’re great and yet, you’re not chasing him or crazy about him..

    12. Alice

      November 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      It came to my knowledge through our common friend that my ex thinks I told him, the last time we spoke to each other(at the wedding,almost 2 months ago), to decide what he wanted and then give me a call. Which i really didn’t say. She told me he still felt confused but wanted to text me(and just doesn’t do it because he promised my friend to leave me alone) because he missed me. Knowing this and knowing that a week from today is the last day of the 60 days and his birthday,should I continue doing what I have been doing or should I somehow change my plan?Right now he must think I’m waiting for him and has the upperhand, so I can revert this situation?

    13. Alice

      November 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      I don’t know if you last posted something regarding my question,so any feedback on that?

    14. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Oh Chris answered it. I’ll copy paste his answer here:

      Hmm… Are you fan of skyping or doing things of that nature?

      I suppose you could skip the phone calls and go into the dating phase but it’s risky.

  30. Sandra

    October 4, 2016 at 9:13 am


    I broke up with my bf of 1 year with whom we’ve been living together because I catched him flirting (and maybe cheating) with other girls. He moved out, and left me a note saying “i’m sorry”. Next day after braking up I sent him a long text telling him how much he hurt and dissapointed me with his betrail. He responded imediately saying just that he wants to meet and discuss at some point next week if that’s what we’ll both want. Have had no contact since then, it’s been 4 days already. Should I meet and discuss with him if he contacts me, or how should I react? I do want us getting back together, but I want this to happen after him feeling sorry and being willing to change and not repeat what he did.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Sandra,

      yes, I think you should talk first

    2. Sandra

      October 28, 2016 at 11:30 am

      It’s now 1 month since the break up. One week after we broke up he sent me a text saying how broken he is and that he regrets causing pain to me. Next day I replyed and had a very short chat. Then late in the evening I overdid it by calling him, he texted saying he is out at the moment and cannot speak, so I freaked and acused him of not caring and having different priorities. He said he did wanted to talk. Still, he did not call back, or even texted anything from that point on, and me neither. So it’s now about 3 weeks of no contact.

      I am in a much better place, emotionally, but I still miss him, and want him back in my life. I am confused on how should I manage this, or why he is not contacting me since he is the one who screwed up in the first place.

      Please advice me on what my next moves should be in order to get back together with him.

      Thank you very much for your answer!

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 29, 2016 at 1:46 am

      he probably didn’t initiate because he’s thinking you’re going to start an argument like the last time you talked..

      You have to initiate contact, but realistically don’t expect much. If he’s the one at fault and he’s not making any effort, then that can mean he just wants to move on. How much have you improved during this three weeks?

    4. Sandra

      November 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      First of all, thank you so much for being so supportive and responding to me!

      I didn’t reach back to him, and he did it right in the third week of nc. He showed up at my house, saying he loves me and that he is very sorry for what has happened, that he’s never been as happy in his whole life as he was while we were dating. I did not put any blame on him, and we shared very emotional moments together, and confirmed i still loved him too. He said he noticed i am having a good time in my life, with going to the master’s and to the gym and that he is happy for me. He said that he doesn’t understand why he cheated, but feels that if we’re getting back together he will mess up again, and that he wanted some time alone to try figure it out, because he doesn’t want to hurt me again. Also said that every relation he had ended because of him cheating, sometimes he got back together with his exes and cheated again, but said this time he wants to have some time alone and understand himself better, and why is acting like this. He said he had a very hard time not contacting me, that he has thought every second of the day about talking and sharing things with me, but that he will keep trying to resist the urge for us to talk.
      We agreed to meet next week to exchange the things left at each other’s, and further on not to keep in contact as just friends.

      I do want so badly being back together with him, but I also think he has a much deeper issue with his cheating behaviour. I am not sure if he needs time to wonder around, or if he really will try to be alone and focus on work.

      What can I do to not only bring him back, but also help him with this process in him not cheating again, and making him want me by his side through all this?

    5. EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      that’s all up to him..The only thing you can do is say no when needed.. To continue living your life.. If you know your standards, the wrong people will leave because you wont allow them ti take advantage of you..The right people will change their bad behavior if they know that your standard is right(like no cheating)and that you are true to that standard..That if a person cheats in you, you wont sit and wait until he changes you will walk away..

  31. julybornbaby

    September 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

    So, ive been met this boy a month ago.. 2 years older than me.. he asked my number from one of the staff in my college.. we text almost everyday n everytime.our first hangout is at the library, I know its a weird place to go for the first hangout.. the reason was I need to do my revision n he offer me to an accompany as im going there alone.. he’s very sweet, I love how naturally he was when he’s with me…after a while, I declare that I would like to call him my boyfriend.. he seems happy as he did confess me that he likes me.. he like my smile the most, n some other thing that I cant mention here.. :’) I get know that he is born as Sagittarius.. n irony that im a cancer.. emotional n logical combat.. I remembered the first time we fight.. its a small issue, I know.. just I really dont like the way he say it.. so blunt, I just cant take it.. his words hurt me.. we didnt talk for a night, then I make the first move to text him n say sorry.. we talked about the problem, wat we feel, n I know I did hurt his feeling also.. he talked wat ive done until he feel so sad for wat I did.. then we okay as usual.. since then, we’ve been fight over small issues that seem not important to him but it does for me.. n always I will be the first one to ask an apologies..*sometimes I feel like he have no reasons to fight over me, like im nobody to him.. he hate it when I ask that question.. who am I to u?? Deep down I know that I have occupied his heart but his act make me think twice.. the weird thing is we are so happy when we are seeing each other.. we never fight, we laugh, we having lunch, share the same plate, holding hands, we are just lovely.. but when come to texting or calling its just dont work.. the last fight is when I get too emotional when he said he didnt miss me.. we didnt see each other for 4 days n not texting as usual..he said that he just kidding with me.. n he said that if I want to talk to him that night just to fight, he dont interested, then he just leave.. silence, I text him, saying that I tried my best to understand him but pls dont involve feeling as his jokes.. he can joke about how stupid my fashion are, or how much I ate everyday, or even how ugly I am when I make face.. its okay, but never ever joke about my feeling or his feeling towards me.. im very truthful with my feeling towards him.. I said I love him soo much, but this is not wat I want, I just dont know why it wont work.. no reply from him.. he just read my message.. for a week we didnt talk, only then Im texting him back.. say sorry for wat I did, that im too emotional that day, that I treat him like I treat my ex before, that I have a lot of insecurities.. then he did the same.. he say sorry n he said that we should take this as a lesson.. then one again, no reply, the next day, I asked him does I let him feel so down? Then he reply yes.. I said that Im very sorry n I asked if I still in his heart.. he said he just want to be friends first.. n I right away agree with him.. I know that Im also have that commitment problem, im really a family oriented person but I need to make sure I make the right choice..he said, its okay then, if I found some guy that I like, just move on with him, n dont treat him like I treat my ex before.. I said to him that I make my own decision, its not easy for me to get along with any boy and I let him know that I still love him n value our relationship, that he’s still on my mind.. I asked whether he had found any girl that can make his face blush red like wat I did before? He said not for that reasons, he just dont feel like to have any relationship with anyone n he just want to feel calm.. that night I wish him goodnite.. he did reply the same thing but this morning, im sending him a good morning quote but he didnt reply.. do u think by any chance I can get him back.. what I should do?? Do u think no contact rule will work for this situations?? I know I need to.work out some my problem, I have jealousy issue, insecurities issues, I get too emotional, but I really love him, I know he is no filter guy and a bit harsh.. but I like the way he thinks.. logical and mature..

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 29, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Hi Julybornbaby,

      there’s no guarantee that no contact rule will work but if you really want to work in yourself, then it would be better to do that and focus in that instead of trying to chase him

  32. sherry

    September 25, 2016 at 3:28 am

    I met a man that I believe is totally amazing. We are both older I am 51 he is 56. We had been seeing each other for 6 months, he was very persistent. He treats me very well and I love him very much. I am so confused, he tells me all the time how much he loves me, very affectionate, always holding my hand, always sending good morning text telling me how much he loves me .Have been on a few vacations, and have a couple more planned. Last week when we were getting ready to go to dinner, he grabbed me gave me a big hug and told me that he is so happy with us.. This week I noticed that he was stressed with what was going on at work. We had gotten In a disagreement when we went out, when we have a disagreement of any kind he will just shut me out. ..he hardly talked to me the next day, I gave him his space, then it continued the next day. he has done this before, and I would just leave him alone until he came out of it . he is telling me he doesn’t know if its going to work between us, he has done this before when we have a disagreement . then goes back to him being happy and on top of the world, telling me that I am the best thing has happened to him,how can he go from loving me so much, to wanting to break up a when he gets mad at me .he has me on an emotional roller coaster. Its seems like whenever we get closer, he starts having doubts and gets confused, doesn’t know what he wants. He tells me its him, its all him. He doesn’t know if he can give me what I want from our relationship. I told him he is like a ball, bouncing all over the place, he doesn’t know what he wants. , that I have a hard time understanding how he can love me so much one minute then starts to back away and what to give up the next, this has been going on for about a month and half now. I know he is truly confused, and I know he really does love me, its like he gets scared. he is truly upset with his actions and tells me he doesn’t know why he acts like this and is trying to figure it out.I told him he needs to take time to figure out what he really wants. that this unfair to me. I told him I hope he figures out what he needs, but I cant wait for him while he bounces back and forth. I love him soooo much. I hope he will figure out his confusion. I don’t know what I need to do next. will he contact me??? , should I do no contact on him. what should I do?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Sherry,

      Is he a commitment phobe? The relationship is still young, so it looks like the honeymoon stage is about to end. Was there any talk about the relationship in having the need to be more serious? Not that I think that there is because with how you described it, it looks like a very happy relationship. It’s just that he seems to connect the relationship with the stress he’s experiencing in other aspects of his life. So, when did you actually last talked? And I think you need to check this one:
      How To Make Your Ex Boyfriend Commit

  33. Maria

    September 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I broke up with my boyfriend of 10 months three weeks ago. He stopped making time for me and although we had discussed how we were drifting apart, not a lot changed. He tried to make more time for me, but instead of it being ‘us’ he would invite me to hang out with him and his best friend. His friend would leave at about 10pm and then we’d be intimate and go to sleep and that would literally be our time together. When I said I wanted ‘us’ not ‘us’ and a friend, he said he works a lot (he works 6 days a week) and he wants time with everyone. Weeks of seeing eachother twice a week, one of the time with a friend and I had enough, i broke up with him. I did it by text message, because i firstly tried to call him, but he missed my call and then replied and we messaged, and he said he wasnt free all week, so we’d have to see each other the week later. Now I feel like i’ve been impatient he does work a lot and he was in his way trying to give me what i want, but at the time i couldnt see it. I have called and text him since i sent the message, and he hasnt replied although he read them straight away. Do i have a chance to get him back? Or do you think we are done? We broke up twice before, and we both agreed we couldn’t break up and get back together again, but i miss him so much. Also in the text message, i said he didnt have time for me showing he didnt care so we didnt have a future – now i think that was really harsh. Ah! I dont know!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Maria,

      You called and texted since that message, so that means you tried to tell him that you didn’t mean what you said. Maybe he’s taking his time now because he’s overwhelmed too. When was the last time you reached out? do you want to try the no contact rule?

  34. Emily

    September 13, 2016 at 1:12 am

    So I dumped my ex because we weren’t really making time fore at other and because i wanted to focus on me. My friend then tried to date him, and he hurt her feelings, which i grilled him about (i was not doing well emotionally). We hadn’t really talked since. His new gf (that he got over the summer and is with now, at high school) hates me because I was telling people she was flirting with other guys. She is, but I didnt start this rumor, and told a few close knit friends of mine, which I told HIM…after she found out what class i had, then waited for me by the door and confronted me. She said after that she wants to physically fight me to her friends. I told him and he said its out of his control. Have I pushed it too far? I don’t know what to do??

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Emily,

      with whom? With your ex or with your friend? Actually I think your ex just doesn’t want to deal with all of the girl drama anymore. Second, if you hear any rumor about anybody else, don’t pass it on because even if you didn’t start it, it will be used against you. Talk to your friend alone, and clear it out privately.

  35. Drea

    September 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Just need some advice. My ex and I had a fight over 4 weeks ago. There were things that were said on my part that really pushed my ex away. He became cold and distant and I knew what I said was wrong and not ok. I had bottled all of my feelings up and it all came out at once. He hadn’t show me affection, stopped doing things with me and I became very insecure. I tried to show him and tell him that what I said wasn’t how I really felt but nothing worked. He and I got in another argument this past weekend and he basically told me he couldn’t believe how I acted that day in the previous fight. I finally said if I’m that bad then maybe we shouldn’t be together. We live together so I told him to let me know when he wanted to move out. He left for a while and came back and I asked him if he wanted to fix the relationship and he said he didn’t know but he thinks hes done. I said ok and walked away and proceeded to do what girls do when they go through a break up (crying, wanting to be left alone and so forth). He insisted that I go to a concert that I had promised to go to with a friend and I did. I got home from the concert with a note on my pillow saying that he hoped I had a good night and that he was looking forward to talking to me the next day but for that time he was going to bed and signed with I love you. The next morning I was still feeling really crappy. He said we would take it day by day and I asked if he though maybe we could work on it and he said I don’t know. The rest of the day he was nice and kind to me. We went to bed in separate beds and he came in during the night to lay with me (I didn’t ask for him to do so, he just did it.) This morning it felt more like we were friends and not exes. I just want to make this all right but I don’t know how to do the no contact when I live with him. I have texted him a couple times today. He said he was looking forward to seeing me this evening. I asked him another question regarding some house thing and he answered. Mostly I would like to get him back. I am not sure what to do to fix this even though I caused it. HELP!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Drea,

      I don’t think you should do no contact.. He already said he’s willing to work it out and to just take it day by day.. why not try that first?

  36. Britt

    September 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Just looking for some advice, so I will try to keep this as short as possible!

    anyways, i met this guy through a dating app and we were together for almost 10 months. I thought we were pretty serious, but there were always red flags that I chose to ignore. Throughout our relationship, he always told me that he wanted to move away from the state we live in and travel, and he never gave us a “title”. I never met his family and friends, but on the flip side, they all knew he was seeing someone. But despite those shady things, we still acted like a couple. We went out on dates, we were very open about one another’s past and future goals, we had taken a weekend trip together (that he planned and initiated), he had GIVEN me money to help pay for school (he told me didn’t expect me to pay it back, and to consider it an early grad present). We had even talked about our life together once I graduated school: more trips we would take, where we would end up, casually talked about a family.A couple of weeks ago, almost 3 now to be exact, we were having a conversation. He was going on about moving, so I asked him what he and I were doing relationship wise. He told me that we were “just friends” and then basically called me a glorified friend with benefits. Those weren’t his words, but that’s what he was getting at. So I ended it, saying I wanted a real commitment; he told me that while he had feelings for me, he wanted to move and wasn’t sure where he would end up, so he didn’t want to commit. He never once asked if I would be willing to carry things on with him once he moved. But, he did ask if we could still be friends and continue to talk. He seemed pretty adamant about that. So in a moment of weakness, I agreed.
    A few days later, I was lonely, so I invited him over to hook up. He agreed, but then bailed because he was getting ready to go on a trip. My ego was hurt, so later that night I ended things for good. I told him all of this was too painful. And I needed space right now. Again, he asked if we could still continue to talk. Again, I agreed, but I told him I couldn’t see him for a while. He agreed. We continued to talk to each other for a couple of days. He ended up leaving that Tuesday morning for a week long diving trip. I didn’t talk to him for the whole week he was gone. I also told myself I wouldn’t initiate the conversations- if he really wanted to be friends, then he needed to put forth some effort. While he was gone, he was on Facebook the whole time. I know this, because I would stay online pretty much bating him to talk to me. Of course there would be times that he would wasn’t online for a few hours when I assume he was diving. But most of the time, he would stay online till 2 or 3 in the morning. Towards the end of his trip, around Friday/Saturday he started getting offline around midnight. But he still spent the majority of his day online. I know it’s unhealthy that I was tracking him, but at the time I felt like I was losing my mind.
    When he got back from his trip, he responded to a message I had sent to him before he left. He was friendly with me. I was so angry to hear from him and I was short in my responses with him. A couple of hours later, I got on facebook and told him that I was annoyed to hear from him. And that it’s not ok to talk to me whenever it’s convenient for him. He responded back saying “i just saw that message, but ok”. Later that night after I had time to calm down and realize I had acted out, I sent him a message saying that I acted from a place of immaturity. And that I did want to be friends, and I was sorry for blowing up at him for no reason. He responded back saying it was fine, and maybe we needed some space like I had suggested earlier. I told him that I had moved on from feelings for him (which was a complete lie) and that I could, and wanted to be friends, and that I didn’t want him to think I was crazy. and for him to look back years from now and hate me. He said “ok good” and that he didn’t think i was crazy. there was no more converation after that. The next night, wanting to talk to him, but not knowing what to say, I messaged him. I asked him “so how do friends work”? Because i honestly have never been friends with someone I have dated before. His response was “IDK”. I asked him if I was bothering him, and if I needed to leave him alone. he then told me, that he met someone while he was away, and he didn’t think it was good idea for us to talk anymore. I completely lost it. I tried to remain as calm as possible, but all the pent up emotions from 9 months together just came flooding out. I asked him how 2 weeks ago he could say he had feelings for me, and was unable to make a commitment, but is willing to start dating someone in a different country. I mean, that is a whole other level of commitment right there! I asked him how we could do all of those things together and talk about the future, and it only took 2 weeks for him to just throw it all away. He never responded to my message. And instead, he proceeded to block me on facebook. He hasn’t blocked me on any other social media or my phone number, just on facebook. I sent him a text through “whatsapp” because I wasn’t sure if he had my number blocked; I told him I wanted to move forward in a positive way, and that I lashed out at him because I realized we have always been on a different page when it came to “us”. And that if he has really found someone else, then I hope he is happy. And I won’t contact him anymore. He never responded even though he read it.
    Anyways, despite the fact that he didn’t want to commit, I miss him so much. We have ended things 4 times now (me ending them, all because of him not committing), and we have always gotten back together the next day. He has always come back happily. We have NEVER fought or even argued with one another. But this time, he has blocked me and won’t even speak to me. I am trying my hardest to implement the NC rule; it’s been 1 week since I sent him a message. I am still blocked on facebook, and he hasn’t tried to reach out to me in anyway. I want to give him his space, and I am hoping that with time he will reach out to me. I am also hoping that this thing with the girl in another country is just a fling/re-bound thing. I mean, he can’t possibly want to commit to a girl in another country after knowing her for one week, right? OR are he and I just a lost cause? Should I just cut my losses with this guy and move on like I said? I know this is long, but I could really use some expert advice. I am not sure why this one hurts so much.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 9, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Hi Britt,

      it hurts because he knows how to make you feel good but he’s not yours..

      You need to be consistent on what you say. If you say you want commitment then you have to stop giving him the benefits of a committed relationship right?

      He has to see that you’re really full of it because there’s a higher possibility that he’s still going to try again.

      You can try no contact as a last resort. Do 45 days, improve yourself and then after it, slowly build rapport.Don’t sleep with him until he really says he wants to commit and be exclusive now.

  37. Liz

    August 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I have a quick question!! It’s my ex boyfriends little sisters birthday September 1st & I got her a gift but I’m currently in NC. I was thinking of just leaving the gift on his porch. Is this ok or should I wait to give it to her?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      August 31, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Hi Liz,

      it’s better to just wait, so that it wouldn’t start a conversation.

  38. Danielle

    June 9, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I think this is a very interesting circumstance and I would love to get your feedback on this at ex bf recovery.

    I met my ex- SO on a dating app and never actually met anyone else before on it but he was so persistence upon meeting me for 3 months I finally agreed to meet him in february, since we matched in december. Everything was going smoothly however we both live in different cities about 40 minutes away from each other so getting together once a week was a challenge- it ended up being around every 10 days or so. We were dating for around 4-5 months and everything was going great. I met his friends they loved me, we went out for nice dinners and drinks, and I even met his father at his childhood home. His mother and little sister were excited to meet me and things were going great, we had tentative plans for him to meet my father. Until one day at work I got an instant message from a girl who I had known to be absolutely insane, from college. She claimed to have been exclusive with my SO and wanted to let me know. At this point of time we were not exclusive so I couldn’t technically be angry with him although I let him know it was horrible to get my nose rubbed into it. After hours of explaining that they weren’t actually dating and she was actually black mailing another roommate of his- I decided to put this in the past and wanted to move forward in the relationship cautiously. Things were slow after that, and I saw him another time and things seemed to be fine after that but in the back of my mind I knew something was up. After that it was about a week and I hadn’t heard from my SO, it turned out one of his best buddies had past away. I saw him that following weekend and we had a wonderful time together and i met more friends of his at a bar. But the next day he never responded to my text message, and I didn’t hear from him in 2 weeks. I told him that I understand that he is going through a hard time and I am trying to be there for him, but I can’t be treated this way, only being reached every two weeks. We ended things on a friendly note and even chatted a little bit afterwards. This was about a week ago. I have never felt this strongly about anyone in my life before, I truly think this man is my soulmate but I have no idea how to win him back- after I broke things off with him. I am leaving for a three months to travel this summer tomorrow but we are still friends on Facebook and instagram. I am going to follow the social media tips- but I am wondering if this is even possible to win him back at this point?
    I think about him everyday and my heart is absolutely broken, but I know that if I didn’t end it then there would be absolutely no hope for a healthy relationship in the future.

    Waiting anxiously for your help!


    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      June 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Hi Danielle,

      if he is grieving..then you did the right thing because he has to go through it

    2. Danielle

      June 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Amor!

      Do you think there a possibility that we can get back together if I follow NCR?
      He reached out to me last monday asking about my health because I had some issues.
      We got into a good conversation and then I ended it. Should I do the NCR for a full 30 days?
      and if so should initiate that I would like to see him again when I’m back from my travels?

      Sorry for all the questions!

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      June 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      we can’t guarantee that ncr will get him back but it will increase your chances..yes, you should do 30 days and reserve asking him to meet up.. do that when you’ve built enough rapport and attraction again

  39. Lizz

    May 28, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    So, i am in a long distance relationship and there have been many ups and downs and mini breaks in which we always end up back together. I was always the one with the doubts, finding reasons to break up and sooner or later i would feel weak and would slide back into the relationship. I have seen him a couple of times since he has been away (over 2 years) prior to him going away we did have plans of settling down, however due to his circumstances he has been left in a state of limbo, and understandably unable to promise anything except his continual feelings towards me. i will admit in the time we have been together (long distance and not- 3-4 years) he has fed my insecurities, this was mainly at the begninng when i found him subtly flirting with/ talking to other girls online however when addressed he did change- i genuinely feel he didnt see itas a big deal- i was also his first serious relationship so i guess a lot of learning was going on. So more recently we broke up as i over reacted to him going out without informing me and pretty much convinced him that we shouldnt be together, that he has wasted my time, has nothing to offer me, makes me feel insecure and that i cant trust him- following this i ignored him for a coupe of days and then sank into old patterns- however i successfully convinced him and he felt that this time i was right- therefore there was a period of distance and he seemd to have lost his fight a bit- within a month things had returned to the status quo (back together, regularly talking etc) shortly i went through a period of distress to which i did not feel i was a priority – i addressed this calmly and explained perhaps we are not suited and we need other people that can bring out the best in us. he was upset and i began no contact – i did tell him before no contact that i needed space to move on- he has always been respectful of my wishes and so did not contact me after this period i contacted him and his responses were polite and neutral- what should i do to get him back ? i have a feeling perhaps he has moved on? i feel if i dont contact him he wont initiate with me and i dont want to come across clingly especially if he has moved on?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      May 31, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Hi Lizz,

      it is actually the hardest situation in getting an ex back..how long did you do no contact and what did you do in it? When will he be back and how often do you see each other?

  40. Tiffany

    April 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    So i feel like I have jumped around all stages you have suggested with my ex. We broke up a year ago… and I ended it. I moved on very shortly after with a rebound guy. That I put on social media because I was feeling all honeymoonish and thought it was grand idea. After all my ex and I talked. He seemed to be okay with it and wanting me to move to be happy. So I took that as he didn’t want to be with me anymore. Well we spent 6 months in constant limbo of me trying to get back with him… him not being ready… then when I turned around and decided we are better off as friends.. within a weeks time he would want come running back and being my boyfriend… mind it was only after I initiated the first text. Then finally in January we were both on the same page.. but I found out he had became friends with one of my EX-BESTFRIENDS. I flipped… a lot… basically ending that attempt. A week later I calmed down, and was ready to forgive to move forward. Well since then he hasnt been interested in anything more than “friends.” Yet I don’t believe what he says esp. after reading some of your articles and I know he doesn’t mean that. He is testing my loyalty. He is truly afraid I am going to wake up and change my mind everyday. I can’t blame him I hurt him. He has even said “ive been really good for you, and really bad for you. Either way you have left. I just don’t know what to do anymore.” I understand through this post I need to praise him some more.. and do a lot of that communication you were talking about. But I just can’t get him to see that since January I have been here for him and haven’t changed my mind. At one point in January when I was desperately begging him to take me back I decided I needed to do a little soul searching. So I didn’t talk to him 3 weeks.. my own no contact rule I didn’t know was a thing. But I initiated the conversation…. where he mentioned “well you haven’t talked to me for three weeks.” So I know he noticed and he cares. So I haven’t had a plan when talking to him.. I can’t even tell you how often I have or haven’t reached out… But his mom got recently sick and I was there for me. He called me told me right away… I was at the bedside with her, and offered to be there if he needed anything. Well I freaked out on him again because (remember that ex friend of mine) well she was stopping by to visit his mom to … or mainly him rather. I could not believe it. I believe when he says he doesn’t want anything more than friends with her, but he is using her to get a reaction out of me. It is totally working. So we recently had a conversation about what he wanted from me. All I got was he “can’t see if getting back to the way it was.” Then it became “I just don’t want a relationship with anyone right now.” to “How can I trust you aren’t just going to wake up and change your mind again.” So obviously he is scared and hurting. By implementing the no contact rule right now is not warranted because he also stated in there “I want to hear from you no matter what it is about.”

    So is my next step just start the conversation good times? and how long do you wait before you go into the heart to heart section? I feel like with him anytime before he is ready will totally push him away…. I know he is waiting to go to the state academy for his job… once he comes back from their I know he will be ready.. that is the type of man he is. But his reason for why we can’t try things before the academy is “I won’t be able to talk to anymore for two months… how are you going to handle that?” Mind you I dated him for 18 months while he was in the military… so basically he saying … How can he trust me to still stick around for 2 months without talking to him. But i have soul searched this what I want.. I know what I had now, and I know better how to appreciate… mind you I am a very impatient girl. 😉 I am looking for a way to show I am never changing my mind. The thought of us not getting our happy ending together is too much for me to live with.. I simply can’t deal.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. I will take note in the mean time to you conversation ideas. Also, note we have hung out since January we went out to dinner, and he paid. The vibes were cute like first date smiles, and warm long hugs afterwards. But I couldn’t get him to hangout with me again after that. HE let me in when his mom was sick, but then I flipped about the ex friend showing up. So now I am back to square one. He only came over to see me so I could apologize in person, which is when he stated all the quotes I have listed above.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      April 8, 2016 at 9:17 am

      it’s going to be harder. Actually I think the next best time to reconnect would be after he got from the 2 months in military because right now he still has that image of you being angry.. Try to continue what you’ve been doing again during nc, take a chance on reconnecting with him after a month, but if it’s not good then that means you really have to wait until he’s back.

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