Is My Ex In A Rebound Relationship? How Long Will It Last?

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It’s an interesting question, “is my ex in a rebound relationship?” In fact, it is probably one of the most asked questions I get from women whose exes have moved on. On this page I am going to be writing a one of a kind, in-depth guide on rebound relationships. I am going to dissect every single aspect of a rebound that I can think of and come up with an educated guess on how long you can expect your exes new relationship to last. Now, I do think it is important to point out that this isn’t an exact science. Just because I will be predicting things on this page doesn’t mean they will happen.

While I may know most men and can predict their behaviors in the end we are dealing with a real life human being here and if there is one thing that I have learned from my experience running this website it is that human beings can be unpredictable by nature. With that in mind, lets dive right in!

What Is This Page About?

Well, it’s about rebound relationships of course! Ok, perhaps it might be more accurate to say that it is about understanding rebound relationships and how to tell if your ex boyfriend is in one. As always I am going to give you a complete rundown of what you can expect on this page.

  • We will be defining what a rebound relationship is.
  • The nitty gritty details of rebound relationships that matter.
  • How to tell if he is in one.
  • The warning signs of rebound relationships.
  • And I put together an infographic at the end that will tell you how likely it is that your ex is in a rebound relationship.

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Rebound Relationships – What Are They?

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Here is a scary fact, USUALLY all relationships before marriage end. Think about that for a second, every single relationship you will have before you get married is going to end. Sure, maybe you “reconnect” with someone from your past after marriage but still in the strictest sense you aren’t technically dating. Lets pan out a little bit further now and look at the institution of marriage. A lot of people often quote the “50 percent of marriages end in divorce” statistic but I am not going to do that. I just want to look at things in a big picture sense. I think there is one thing that we can all agree on, a lot of people break up, before and after marriage. So, if you are going to take that view then aren’t almost all relationships a “rebound?”

No!

Rebound relationships are very specific to a certain situation. Lets hit the pause button now and define what a rebound relationship is.

Rebound Relationships- A type of relationship that is formed very quickly after a painful breakup with someone who you had an emotional and intense relationship. Rebounds are often used as crutches to soften the blow of the emotional heartache you could be feeling.

So, a few key points we should highlight here. Rebounds often occur very quickly after your ex has broken up with you (or you broke up with him.) The question now becomes, how long would you say quickly is? Well, you are here because most likely because your ex boyfriend is in a new relationship and you are trying to figure out if that new relationship is a rebound. So, the true thing we are trying to figure out is how quickly he moved on to a new relationship after he dated you.breakup quotes

The thing about men is that they tend to move on quicker from relationships. Now, there are exceptions to every rule, me personally, I can’t jump from girl to girl because I am just not built that way emotionally. However, I am the exception to that rule. I can tell you that most guys are able to move on much quicker from a relationship than women can. Now, here is the interesting thing about guys moving on. Just because they moved on to a new relationship doesn’t mean they are entirely over you. In fact, most guys who do move on aren’t over you at all.

Most experts will cite the coveted “if he moved on to a new relationship before a six month period then it is a rebound” rule. However, I am not entirely sure that it is that black and white. There are a lot of factors in play here. Factors like:

  • How long your relationship with him lasted.
  • How quickly he moved on to someone new.
  • Does he have good memories from your relationship?

Lets hit the pause button again and take a look at how each of the things I listed above can work together to tell if your ex is indeed in a rebound relationship.

How Long Your Relationship With Him Lasted

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I started with a biggie first! If you and your boyfriend dated for at least a year than that is a really good thing. You see, I think it is impossible for a guy to just forget someone, who he spent a year of his life with, while he moves on to someone new. That year that you spent with him will always be in the back of his mind when he is with his new girl. Remember, the definition of a “rebound relationship” is if your ex is basically using someone so he doesn’t have to face the heartache of getting over you.

So, in the simplest terms…..

The longer you dated your ex = More likely he is in a rebound relationship.

How Quickly He Moved On To Someone New

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Another important factor to consider is how quickly he moved on to someone new. I talked about this in the lead up above and have put off giving a direct answer on this until now. I would say that if he moved on to a new relationship within three months after his breakup with you then it is highly likely his new relationship is a rebound.

Now, this factor works directly with the factor above, how long your relationship with him lasted. You see, if you only dated like a month and he moved on to someone new after three months then I am not entirely sure that would qualify as a rebound relationship. You see, a couple who has dated at least a year has had time to develop their feelings towards each other and create reminiscent memories. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule which leads us to our next factor.

Does He Have Good Memories From Your Relationship?

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There are a couple of things I would like to point out here. Remember above when I said that it is unlikely that if you dated your ex for a month and he moved on within three months that the new girl is a rebound. Well, here is your out. In that month if he had incredibly good memories with you there may be a slight chance that the new girl is a rebound.

Now, the opposite can be true as well. Lets use a different example for this explanation. Lets say a girls boyfriend has moved on to a new relationship within the three month time frame we set above. The ex couple had dated for two years. However, the girl and her now ex boyfriends relationship was filled with nothing but bad memories. Well, while I still think that in this imaginary case the guy moved on too quickly there is always a possibility that his new girlfriend is not a rebound because the girls previous relationship with him is filled with nothing but bad memories.

More Warning Signs Of Rebound Relationships

Rebound relationships are distractions. Nothing more, nothing less. This distraction is meant to prevent a man from feeling what he is supposed to feel after a breakup in order to heal properly. Now, whether or not RR (rebound relationships) work in the healing process is not what we are here to explore. My goal with this page is to strictly educate you on RR, help you figure out if your ex boyfriend is in one, and give you a time table on how long you can expect his new relationship to last. By now, if you have read what I have said above you should be quite knowledgeable about rebounds. However, there are a lot of other rebound “warning signs” that can occur during a rebound that could be staring you in the face.

I wanted to add this section to make sure I have all my bases covered. Lets dive right in!

Did You Know That It Is Possible For Rebounds To Start Before He Has Even Broken Up With You?

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Kind of scary huh? He could already have met his targeted rebound girl while he was still in a relationship with you. Now, I think it is important to point out that if he cheated on you with this girl than I would not classify that as having anything to do with this. In fact, there are an entirely different set of questions that have to be addressed in that case.

Anyways, here is how this usually works. Your ex is unhappy in his relationship with you, he is already planning on breaking up with you, or if he isn’t planning it yet, he is at least thinking about it. Enter a new girl into the picture. Usually, he meets her at work, begins flirting with her and you take notice. Essentially, he is lining up his rebound. Think of it like a batter on deck at a baseball game. After he/you ends the relationship he moves on to his new girl who he had lined up way ahead of time. It is a cruel practice but it is also common.

 Your Ex Goes Out Actively Seeking A New Relationship (Within A Three Month Time Period.)

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Out of all the warning signs I am listing in this section I will admit that this one is probably the hardest one to be on the watch out for. You see, it requires you to know your ex extremely well. To the point where you can read his mind and since I highly doubt you are professor X from X-Men then this one you probably won’t be able to look for. Nevertheless, I want you to know how the male mind does work after a rough breakup.

There are usually two types of guys after a breakup. The first type of guy is like me. He will take some time after the relationship to heal a little bit. The second type is like a buddy of mine. He will go out on the prowl looking for chicks. Usually, the second type of guy, like my buddy, will not create a meaningful relationship with any of the chicks he ends up “picking up.” However, in the case that he does. He won’t be able to give her what she wants, a true emotional connection. Hence, he is using her as a crutch to get over the breakup.

Family And Friends Are Surprised He Is Dating Again

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This one is a pretty common warning sign. In fact, out of all the signs I am discussing here in this section this is the one that resonates with me the most. Why you ask? Simple, I am very connected to the audience here at Ex Boyfriend Recovery. I go out of my way to respond to every comment, email or inquiry that I get on a daily basis. I have heard just about every single relationship breakup story in the book and out of all the women who have asked me if their ex is in a rebound relationship they cite this warning sign as their reasoning for thinking that he is and they are right to think that.

Your family and friends are supposedly the ones that are closest to you. I hope the same is true for you ex. If they are alarmed at how quickly he is dating again then something definitely isn’t right with him. I wouldn’t count my chickens yet but it could be a contributing sign to a rebound relationship.

How Long Do Rebound Relationships Last? Lets Put The Debate To Rest!

the rebound guy

Disclaimer: This section is ONLY meant for women who know that their ex is in a rebound.

I have good news for you. The odds are definitely in your favor! Most likely, your exes new relationship is going to end. But that isn’t the debate everyone seems to have. We are here to figure out how long exactly his new relationship will last, a few weeks, a few months, a few years? It’s a fascinating question. Lets take a step back though and talk a little about why his new relationship is doomed to fail.

Why Your Exes Rebound Relationship Will Fail

What do we know about rebounds so far? Well, they are crutches that your ex will use to attempt to get over you. We know that the new girl is basically a distraction to take his mind off the pain but we haven’t really discussed why his new relationship is doomed to fail. Lets take a quick moment and do that now!

  • It is not uncommon for someone who has just left a serious relationship to be incapable of being able to form a long lasting emotional connection with someone new.
  • The new girlfriend isn’t as dumb as you may initially believe. She may feel she is being used by him and break it off.
  • Eventually he will hit a point where the new relationship he has formed with the new girlfriend isn’t giving him what he needs and he will break it off.
  • He may just use her for physical reasons and discard her.

Putting A Timeframe On Your Exes New Relationship

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How are you supposed to know how long your exes new relationship will last? Maybe you can cast a spell and find out. Funny story actually, I get a lot of comments for this site every single day and about three days ago I got one of those spammy spell caster comments. I probably get five of those a day just from people trying to take advantage and make a quick buck off of you. Anyways, this spell caster promised to have the ultimate secret for knowing how long your exes new relationship would last. The whole thing was quite ridiculous but it gave me an idea. What if I came up with something like an in-depth guide on actually figuring that out? Well, two days later this post was born and I feel confident that the method I employed above to figure out if your exes new relationship is a rebound is a solid one. However, I wanted to do something that really set this apart from the rest of the crowd.

But what could I do?

Then I came up with the idea of going above and beyond by putting a timeframe on your exes new relationship to ensure that you aren’t wasting your time. Here is the thing. This website at it’s core is about helping you get back with your ex boyfriend. However, I have learned more about the process of ex recovery by talking with all of you. After hearing many of your stories I have a pretty interesting perspective on the whole process of using strategies to get your ex back. One common concern I have found that is universal in all the women whose exes are in a rebound relationship is that they don’t want to get the feeling that they are wasting their time. So, I want to introduce you to…. The Rebound Relationship Timeline!

The Rebound Relationship Timeline

Rebound Timeline

(This infographic is my opinion and not based on fact. If you would like more information like this I recommend you check out my books, Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO and The Texting Bible.)

February 1, 2017

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What Do You Think? (2,389)

  1. Unblocked - 0

    Unblocked

    My ex blocked me for 3 months long story, so I blocked him on everything as well. Now he’s reaching out to me on the free app numbers calling and texting me. Telling me that the girl was a rebound because he thought I was cheating on him because I never had time for him and so he wanted to move on. He said he always compared her to me and realized he was trying to rush things with her. I haven’t texted him back or called because I don’t know his intentions I was so hurt 3 months ago even up until 2 weeks ago. I’m scared to let him back in to get hurt. Do you think we can ever be friends? How can we start slow to build trust and how can I know if he’s back for the right reasons?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      If he’s still with the other girl, then he’s not serious

  2. Do you move on? - 0

    Do you move on?

    Hello,
    I wanted to know how long should the rebound relationship pat before you fully cut ties and move on? I understand you should be in NC and working on yourself but I guess I wanted to know when’s a good time to finally just say enough is enough.

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      There’s no concrete timeline..if it’s really just a rebound, it wouldn’t last long

  3. Carike Van Zyl - 0

    Carike Van Zyl

    My ex and i were together for a year and a half. He broke up with me and a week later he was with someone else. He told me he didn’t cheat but friends at his college says him and his new gf spent alot of time together on campus. Is this a rebound or does he just not care about me anymore? He lost his virginity to me and we have been through so much together. How did he move on so quickly?

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Could be a grass is greener case

  4. Donna - 0

    Donna

    So, my ex boyfriend an I was dating for 5 months. I inititated the break up due to insecurities and gut feelings. We reconnected, a month ago and he expressed that he still loved me. I expressed the same thing. One week later, I start seeing the same pattern that made me break up the first time. I now see him on social media with a girl who, I knew like him from his job. How could say he loves me sooo much and that I’m good for him, but yet going out on dates with this other woman?

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      do you mean you dont trust him and you want to move on?

  5. Emma - 0

    Emma

    My ex and I were together for two years and always said that we were each other’s soulmates. We did long distance for about a year (me in America, him in australia), and he came home to visit for a few weeks. During that visit, we made plans for me to go there, talked about marriage, etc. He ended up breaking up with me a week after that visit ended, because he didn’t feel that me moving there was right for me at this point. He started dating a new girl within a couple of days. It sounds like it was cheating, but I know for sure that it wasn’t. He was suicidal when we split, went to a bar, and just went for the first girl he found. We’ve talked on and off since this happened (December 2015/January 2016), and he has always told me that she’s companionship because he knew he lost the lvoe of his life. They’ve been together for 1 year and 2-3 months now. Sometimes he tells me he doesn’t love her, other times he tells me that he does but it’s different, that the two can’t be compared. I always thought it was a rebound. To be honest, the girl is a serious downgrade and he’s voiced his concerns over her to me from the beginning. At one point, we decided to plan our future together again. And I guess he felt guilty that he was essentially cheating on her emotionally, and he pulled back. I cut contact at that point. Now he’s texting me constantly. Panicking over whether I’m okay, if I’m safe and healthy. He says he is so sorry and he wishes he could turn back time, etc ,etc. I don’t want to answer because I don’t want him to feel like he can pull this crap and then still have me by his side. I don’t know what to do. Is she a rebound? If so, why is he still with her? Why would he be contacting me so obsessively?

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  6. Lisa - 0

    Lisa

    I broke up with my ex 7 weeks ago then wanted to try again a few weeks later he said no he just wanted to be single. So 2 weeks later i contacted him to return his stuff did that said my good byes and left then the next day he called me just for a chat. The following week i sent him a message suggesting that maybe we can be friends, he was working at the time and misread and thought i said i wanted to get back together, he replied and said no interested getting back with you.. so i deleted his number texts everything and decided not to initiate anything with him, then the following week he text me asking how i was i waited a while then politely answered that i was fine etc he replied instantly and i just left it after that. Then this week he calls i asked him why are you calling me? Did you have a rebound go sour? Anyway turns out he started seeing someone 2 weeks after we broke up it only lasted a few weeks and she dumped him. Now his calling me. Why i’m so confused?

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      HI Lisa,

      to be honest, it’s probably because he knows you’re just there..

  7. Emma - 0

    Emma

    Me and my ex fiancé have been together for 3 years, and have a 6 month old baby. We were happy really happy until we had our baby, because I work, go to university and look after our baby I invested no time in him but he didn’t try to invest any in me either. Anyway we had been arguing and he told me he needed space he needed a break from us, he ensured me it wasn’t about girls his words were “why would i leave one relationship to get in another i won’t do that!” anyway… he left on 17th March in the evening to go on a night out, he didn’t return and cut all contact with me AND his son for 4 days straight. Then got back into contact to tell me he was at his mums and wasn’t coming home YET however he had all intentions on doing so. Meanwhile i see that he has a new “friend” that he met a week before the Friday evening that he had left. So i asked who she was he said just a friend… now today he’s set his facebook profile to in a relationship with her?! Is that a rebound and do you think it will last?

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Hi Emma,

      if he met he met her before breaking up with, she can be a grass is greener case.

  8. Holly - 0

    Holly

    My bf met someone a few days before breaking up with me. After we broke up he msged her the next day. Less than 2 months later they’re an item, albeit a long-distance once. We were together 4 years and he said after he broke up with me that he had been unhappy for awhile and been wanting to break up but didn’t want to hurt me. Is his new gf a rebound or could this be GIGS? Do I still have a chance to get him back?

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  9. Lauren - 0

    Lauren

    Long story short me and my ex dated from 08-2014 and even when we broke up for 2 years we kept in contact. Since last March we have been trying to work on the relationship but having a lot of ups and downs he says I’m too busy for him and feels like I’m distant. In November I went on a 3month NC and slept with another guy several times when me and my ex spoke again in Dec he said he was hurt and couldn’t imagine I did anything like that. I didn’t think it mattered bc we were broken up. I initiated the NC. So to fast forward something came up on valentines this year and I ended up hanging out w my friends he got so upset bc he had plans bc I didn’t know he never said anything and mentioned that he didn’t bc it was a surprise. Then these past few months feb- till last week I’ve been outta town on spring break or out of town with family or busy with school. We barely talk on the phone bc I have limited service at my apt. And we only live 30 minutes away from eachother. I made a huge mistake taking him for granted and being lazy not seeing him. He doesn’t have a car so I always drive to him. He got in an argument w his last roommate over money and once the lease was up end of feb he ended up moving in with a couple of other friends But they are moving in a couple of months too. He mentioned he was stressed bc he didn’t know where he would live etc and I told him us living together right now would not be good. So with that backstory my current issue is from I haven’t seen him much in the past month and we’ve only been in the talking phase. 2 weeks ago I found out on fb that he that his status says in relationship I called him that night no stop he said he can’t trust me and he’s cares about me but I’m too busy for him. Even more info I found out is that he tells this new girl he loves her and wants to be with her forever and he told her he wants to move in with her. I called his phone constantly and texted for a few days while being Ijnored he told me to leave him and his gf alone and has blocked me on everything. I’m currently in 1 week NC. I feel horrible Bc I took him for granted. Everyone says he’s in a rebound and only wants to move in with her bc his emotions are all over the place. How could he block me out?

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Hi Lauren,
      you didn’t take him for granted because you’re not in a relationship. You’re investing too much compared to him. If he says he wants you too, he should have given the same effort. For me, I think you should either move on or if you want to try again, do not give more than what he’s showing or giving too. It was just 30 minutes away, can’t he ride a bus or take a taxi?

    • Lauren - 0

      Lauren

      I really want to take time and work it out but I’m not sure if it classifies as a rebound or gigs? Which one do you think I should follow? He’s also telling her he loves her and wants to live with her why is he moving so fast?

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Take it as gigs..it’s probably because they’re in a honeymoon period

  10. Jo - 0

    Jo

    My BF of 2 years broke up with me jan 1st. He continued living with me a month and a half then I went abroad for a month and initiated no contact. When I came back we spent most of the week together as friends and then slept together.
    Then a week later he told me he had been seeing a mutual friend since I’ve been away and She wanted him to tell me about him.
    He says I’m his best friend and he won’t continue seeing her if he’ll loose me as a friend.
    I asked him to tell her about us so that I’m not complicit in lying to my friend. He said he can’t face her atm.
    Is this rebound? GIG? Shall I initiate no contact again? I read a shorter 2 weeks NC is useful when they rebound? Should I tell her what happened if he doesn’t or avoid meddling.
    I see her regularly as she’s in my band and volunteers at the same place as me.

    Reply
    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Hi Jo,

      I think you three need to talk.. or you talk to her separately and him to her separately..and are you going to move out?

    • Jo - 0

      Jo

      Hi, thanks for your reply. He moved out when they started seeing each other. But he’s back staying at mine for a few days or because he couldn’t stay at his current accommodation.
      He hasn’t told her and is avoiding her atm but maybe will start seeing her again I’m not sure.
      I see her a lot right now but haven’t said anything. She has autism and I’m worried about putting her under stress.
      But I guess if he hasn’t told her by next week I might tell her then? Was just worried it would be meddling.

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      talk to your ex first about it, so it doesn’t seem like you’re going behind his back.

    • Jo - 0

      Jo

      I spoke to them both and they Spoke to each other. I think they will continue their relationship. He wants to remain ‘best friends’ with me but I said I couldn’t be friends while they were involved.
      Should I initiate no contact? How long for?

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      yes, you’re being friendzoned.. do at least 30 days.

  11. Lucy - 0

    Lucy

    Hi, thank you for this insight. I dated my ex for six months (after getting to know each other for three months), and then I broke up with him exactly two months ago because, even though I felt I loved him, I didn’t feel like *in love* with him. Looking back, our relationship was really unbalanced, with me putting all the energy into it. He didn’t quite know how to be a boyfriend because it was his first serious relationship, and also he has a very passive personality.
    After our breakup we kept hooking up, with me convinced that it was not a good idea to be a couple again. A few days ago when we hooked up he told me a girl he used to hook up with from high school (he is 26 now, and back then they kind of had a non official relationship for seven months but never became a couple) had got in touch with him. Long story short, she asked for an opportunity with him and he agreed to that. Five days ago he told me that he didn’t believe they had much in common, he didn’t think she is too smart and that maybe they don’t share a sense of humor. And that if I asked to come back and be a couple again, he would not think about it and be with me. But these days apparently he decided that he wants to go for something new, because he kind of felt some things for her and he doesn’t wanna be rejected twice. He is choosing the new thing over me, even though I was offering to try and work things out and see if it would lead to a more balanced relationship. What should I make of this? Regardless of getting him back –at this point I think I need to consider him dead. Is this really happening for him, that he is suddenly into this girl in five days (he said she listens to him and tells her about his problems and she tries to cheer him up, and that he digs what she does for a living helping kids) even though he still loves me and told me so two days ago? Is this a rebound and he is forcing his feelings for her? He told me a few days ago that he wanted to be with someone who wants to be with him, and that he wants to make plans with someone for the future…

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    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Hi lucy,

      it’s a grass is greener case.. He’s trying to see in which one of you will be benefit him more.
      Check this link:
      The Grass is Greener Syndrome For Ex Boyfriends

    • Lucy - 0

      Lucy

      I have been reading about it and it doesn’t really ring a bell… as applicable to this scenario, I guess. I find it hard to believe that someone he said he finds boring (“but she may change, I’ll give it time”), not contributing anything special in their conversation, and not sharing a sense of humor, although she may be cheerful and a very good listener, is not a rebound. Or am I just fooling myself into reassurance by telling myself she surely is a rebound and it will not work?

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      more likely he’s just telling you what you wanted to hear.. because if he really didn’t find anything interesting with her, he wouldn’t consider her as competition with you.

  12. Ruby - 0

    Ruby

    I found out my ex met his new gf a few months before he broke up with me and texted her the day after we broke up. They were officially together after less than 2 months of us being apart and he is already introducing her to our friends as ‘the one’. We were together for 4 years. Could this still be considered a rebound?

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    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Hi Ruby,

      nope it’s a grass is greener case: Check this one:
      The Grass is Greener Syndrome For Ex Boyfriends

    • Lucy - 0

      Lucy

      I have been reading about it and it doesn’t really ring a bell… as applicable to this scenario, I guess. I find it hard to believe that someone he said he finds boring (“but she may change, I’ll give it time”), not contributing anything special in their conversation, and not sharing a sense of humor, although she may be cheerful and a very good listener, is not a rebound. Or am I just fooling myself into reassurance by telling myself she surely is a rebound and it will not work?

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      more likely he’s just telling you what you wanted to hear.. because if he really didn’t find anything interesting with her, he wouldn’t consider her as competition with you.

  13. Alexis - 0

    Alexis

    Helpful article! I need help assessing my current situation though. My ex broke up with me in person this year on January 31st, 2017. This is the second time he broke up with me. My ex broke up with me right as we already planned a date that following Thursday, and we were looking to our 1 year anniversary, which would have been this year on March 22, 2017. His exact words were: “I think our strength lies in us being friends. I knew you were not thinking long term.” To which I replied that I was thinking long term, and so we ended up agreeing to be friends.

    The thing is, It has now been a month( 1 month and 26 days to be exact ) and I found out my ex is in a new relationship with someone else. I cannot really tell how long they have been dating. However the way I found out was when my best friend and I were walking and we saw my ex and his new girlfriend kissing, and cuddling, basically PDA. My ex and I go to the same college, and we tend to go to the same hangout in addition to having a lot of mutual friends. The new girl my ex is with shares a class with him, and they seem to share a similarity, which is they’re really fond of meat. The new girl seems almost different to me. The only similarities we share are the fact that we wear glasses, have brown eyes, and have curly hair.(though her’s is brown while mine is black) My ex did not tell me about his new relationship let alone introduce me to her. I do know that my ex’s friend was surprised that he already found someone.

    The first time my ex and I broke up, my ex ended things via text message citing that we had gotten too busy for a relationship. My ex got into a rebound 3 days later with someone who was similar to me, in terms of ethnicity since the rebound at that time was Asian, just like me. Then we got back together a month later. In the beginning of the second break up it was like my ex wasn’t really bothered. He was friendly toward me and he even gave me a hug. But then I noticed him getting on Facebook a lot more often. Strangely his Facebook profile hasn’t changed, other than the fact that he’s made new friends and people post on his wall. Also anytime I would sit next to my ex he would cringe at my presence. Plus anytime I would be having a good time with my guy friends my ex stared at me. Could this mean anything? Whether it was sadness/guilt, jealousy or anger I am not sure, but it was probably all of the above.

    I have done no-contact(30 days) and have kept communication to a minimum. My ex and I used Skype a lot and the last time we talked we were talking about movies. Also I have kept my self busy doing other things. Is it worth trying to get an ex back even if he dumped you more than once? Prior to dating me, my ex’s longest relationship he had was 3 months. I am not his first girlfriend, as my ex had multiple girlfriends before me.

    In terms of the relationship, it was actually really nice, stable. We talked all the time and would often hang out at his place. He’s met my mom and sister, and I met his mom and brother. We hardly fought and he would say he hoped his future included me in it. I would often bring him gifts anytime I traveled anywhere. He brought me gifts too. We would also play games together. My ex and I were also opposites, yet it was enough to where we had a balance of similarities and differences. He’s a Virgo, I am a Pisces. He hated spicy food while I loved it. He tended to be a tad more rational and spontaneous while I was a tad impulsive, but reserved. We both loved books, science, and video games.

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    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      Hi Alexis,

      that will depend in your standards..if you feel that you can’t give him a chance anymore, move on..

    • Alexis - 0

      Alexis

      Thanks for the feedback, but if you were in my position, what would you suggest? My ex unfortunately was my first relationship, which means I am in-experienced.

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      restart the no contact rule.. do it properly. no initiating, no replying, no social media stalking. Just focus in healing and improving yourself and then slowly build rapport after.. If it doesn’t work out, at least you did the no contact rule properly, you had time for yourself, and you did your best. check this one:
      EBR 060: “Dating Yourself” During No Contact With Veronica Grant

    • Alexis - 0

      Alexis

      Thanks for the feedback, but if you were in my position, what would you suggest? My ex unfortunately was my first relationship, which means I am in-experienced.

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      restart the no contact rule.. do it properly. no initiating, no replying, no social media stalking. Just focus in healing and improving yourself and then slowly build rapport after.. If it doesn’t work out, at least you did the no contact rule properly, you had time for yourself, and you did your best. check this one:
      EBR 060: “Dating Yourself” During No Contact With Veronica Grant

  14. Alexa - 0

    Alexa

    Very helpful article! However, my situation is a tad confusing. My boyfriend recently broke up with me back on January 31st of this year. This was our second time dating. We dated the first time for 8 months, broke up due to our own busy schedules, got back together a month later (march 22, 2016). The first time we broke up my ex got into a rebound 3 days later, but the rebound relationship failed. So from there we dated until January 31st, right before we scheduled a date that following Thursday, and also before we got to celebrate our 1 year anniversary of this year.(March 22, 2017). We dated for 10 months this time The reason he called it off, in his exact words was: “I think our strength lies in us being friends.” Now it is a month(1 month and 27 days), and I found out he’s in a new relationship with someone else. My ex did not tell me about that. Instead my friend and I were walking and we saw them cuddling and kissing. They looked so happy together. The new girl shares a class with my ex as well. I also saw one of my ex’s friends(My ex and I also have a lot of mutual friends) seem kind of surprised that he has a new girl now. I have done no contact(for 30 days) and since then I kept communication to a minimum.. However not only is he in a new relationship, he’s also on facebook a lot more than usual. Plus anytime I was around him, my ex acted like he didn’t want me around, and I caught him staring at me a few times, specially when I was with my own guy friends having fun. I couldn’t tell whether it was jealousy, sadness or anger, possibly a combination of them all. Could this mean anything? Also is it worth it to try to get an ex back who has dumped you more than once? I am not his first relationship. He’s had multiple girlfriends before me.

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  15. Jessica - 0

    Jessica

    y ex boyfriend and I were in a relationship for 8 months and everything was going great. I find out that he has been
    cheating on me with someone that he says he has feelings for. He told me he wanted me to leave as he thinks he sees
    something with her so I did. They met back in Sept and a few days ago they officially started dating. In that time I
    have done the no contact for the full 30 days. When I started the text messaging phase with my ex he was still listed
    as single. He went away with her for a week and in that time I never heard from him. When he got back he sent me a
    message and told me he went away with a friend which turned out to be her. I tried to add him back as a friend on FB
    and when he saw my request that was the time he put that he was in a relationship and changed his profile pic a few hrs
    later. We have been chatting for about a week now every day and he is the one who initiates the first message. He asks
    me for pics and he send me pics of him too. The other day I asked him if he misses our big long hugs we used to give.
    To which he replied that I never wanted to let go and then he said seems like you miss them too. Also, on the same day
    I said maybe one day you will get to see the new me and he replied with hope so. Everyday when I dont contact him he
    constantly checks to see if I messaged him. Does this mean he is missing me? And is there relationship a rebound since
    he basically jumped right into a relationship with her but never made it FB official until the other day?

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  16. Kati - 0

    Kati

    Hi there!
    Me and my ex had serious relationship for 3 years (both of us have kids), but he broke up with me nearly 2 months ago, he said he was not happy and it was too much for him (kids, responsibilities and he felt different after 3 years). And I was really feeling bad the last 6 months, became needy, clingy and desperate. He felt it too. But we were madly in love, and we fit like a clock, amd emotionally and physically our relationship were going alwyways up words, we were surprised. We were both married, we are 38. And wanted to be together forever. But he got tired. Said it was no fun anymore. So after the breakup (he simply announced it), I stayed in no contact with him. Never called. Never texted. He was asking about me. Then he texted about my staff ( I had half of the house there). After 6 weeks we met. I was trying to rebuild the connection. We texted few times. And now he is saying that he met someone now.. She is young. And he wants to try and se if it works out. He said to a mutual friend of ours. I was hoping we would be able to get back together. But he said he doesn’t believe in second chance and it’s over. He is very proud and stubborn. He said we should enjoy life and meet other people.
    He is about to start dating someone. He couldn’t before. We loved each other. Is he in a rebound relationship ? And what do I do now? No contact I did. And exactly when it was over..he wants to date someone new….I am actually devastated.

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    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      hi kati,
      how long did you do no contact, how much did you improve, and did you slowly build rapport after?

    • Kati - 0

      Kati

      Hi Amor! Well, the no contact was from my side not broken…after 3 weeks of it he showed up at my door to return half of my things. I just took them (otherwise he would have left it on the porch ). He wasn’t sober then. 🙂 I asked him to give the rest f my things to a friend of mine as I wasn’t ready to face my ex again. I had been doing great. Improving myself and showing that I have moved on. I never contacted him by myself, even on his birthday. Then another 2 weeks passed and he sent me text with happy women day. Wished me all the best and that I looked amazing on the whatsapp foto. So by then it’s been 5 weeks after break up and no contact from my side. So I thought to use this opportunity and start building some rapport. He showed only positive feedback. Replied straight away. Joked..flirted a bit ( even at that point he was overseas). He said he will call me when he is back. To return the rest of the things. I said he can give my things to a friend and we can meet for coffee and chat. He was trying to postpone the return of my stuff. Till week later I asked him if he was back..and we had a nice chat. Next day he came over to bring my stuff. So we saw us first time after 7 weeks. Was a amazing.. I looked well..he noticed it. Next day we met at our friends birthday party and it felt like being home with him. Friend of ours noticed it as well. ThT we have a strong connection and attracted to each other. As much as I wanted to be neutral.. Of course we flirted a bit…laughed..as it felt natural. Bu then all of a sudden 2 days later he changed…became kind of angr..said to me I have to realise it’s over and we will not be back together anymore.and that he is seeing someone else. Very unexpected. This mutual friend f ours wants us to get back…well even his family wants. Everyone thinks it’s insane. So this friend asked him how things are…and my ex said that he met someone…she is nice…young…and he wants to see what will happen. So it’s totally something new. As even he was hiding it from a friend. No one knows who she is or what nationality etc. My ex all of a sudden said to a friend that he doesn’t want to do anything with me( even few days earlier he was saying the opposite). I was hoping to build th connection again…but now all,of a sudden he acts like a crazy person. I don’t want to show him I am desperate.. What shall I do? I a, trying to improve my life…I a, busy with my kid..my work..friends…but I am afraid more time passes by….the me less chance we have. He is stubborn. And doesn’t change his mind. It’s almost like he is trying to prove me he moved on…but I know it’s been hard on him…3 years with me and our 2 kids….blended relationship….plans for the future..financial problems….etc…please advise…thanks!

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      what did you reply to that?

    • Kati - 0

      Kati

      What did I reply to what? I really don’t know if I can contact him or just make again a no contact? He never told me directly he won’t talk to me anymore. Everything only to a friend of ours. There are few thing left atmhismplacebstill and he will return them whenever there is time..his words.. Oh, and he didn’t wanto tell his mom it’s over.. Weird ,no? I told him I don’t want to pretend in front of her that we are ok…

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      what did you reply when he told you that you have to realize it’s over and that you’re not going back together?

    • Kati - 0

      Kati

      I haven’t said much to him…it’s been all through messages..:) but whenever he was mentioning it again, I was just confirming to him that’s all is fine…I have my life and I am busy and happy. I have never mentioned since the break up the possibility to come back together nor did I asked him to talk to me or anything like it. He was the one to initiate conversations about returning my things. Which is still by the way not finalised. :)) he had been bringing my stuff 3 times already…and still has few things there.

    • Chris Seiter - 4

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      that’s very good. It looks like he’s getting cinvinced5 slowly that youre3 not chasing and he’s getting more interested

  17. Allie - 0

    Allie

    What if he was seeing the other woman and you for three months and lying to you both the whole time!? We dated 1.5 years and her 3 months at the point I found out. He got caught! He blocked me from all contact with a crappy “im sorry, im young, i messed up. In the back of my head i knew I didn’t want to be with you.” Then apologized to her too and asked for another chance with her? They work together! I NEVER saw this coming, never thought he was capable of being so cruel! Its been 5 weeks of them with out me in their lives. He literally replaced me before I was gone, took all of our adventures/ideas/memories and recreated them with her?? I made his mom a xmas gift on xmas eve for him, xmas morning he dropped it off on her doorstep! He didnt even get me anything . He saw me almost everyday while still seeing her too. We had a great relationship. I dont know if he misses me, regrets his horrible actions and lies, regrets anything? I am not reaching out anymore. Ive always reached out in tough times, always been the one to make him happy and be a great od girlfriend. Its his turn to grow up and reach out, but im afraid he wants her and i was then the “other woman” in the end! She met his family amd hers within weeks! Rushed everything with her. Spent nye with her bit new years day with me. Took hwr on trips i asked to do. Is this a rebound?

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