What Are Your Chances of Getting Your ExBoyfriend Back

If You Haven’t Talked To Your Ex Boyfriend In A Long Time Here’s What You Do…

As I was brainstorming on how I wanted to approach this article I happened to stumble across an amazing quote,

“The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.”- Joshua Harris

This quote encompasses a large portion of my views on “ex recovery.”

I’ll give you an example, whenever I am lucky enough to get a success story from a visitor of this website I look into why that person succeeded and it really boils down to one thing, timing.

I mean, think about it.

If you go through a breakup your friends and family are often quick to point out that, that particular guy wasn’t right for you.

But often, I have found that, that isn’t necessarily true.

That guy could have been the “right person” who just found themselves attracted to you at the wrong time in their life.

The truth of the matter is that successful relationships usually boil down to timing.

The timing in his life…

The timing in your life…

Now, at this point you are probably sitting there thinking,

“What the hell does this have to do with not talking to your ex in a long time?”

Well, this idea of “timing” can also be applied to getting an ex back.

If you aren’t familiar with my teachings in Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO then allow me to give you a quick crash course.

I basically teach people a “value chain” for getting their ex back.

This one to be exact,


Now, if this graphic is confusing to you then I wouldn’t be surprised.

All I really want you to grasp right now is that the only way that this process works is if the timing is right and that’s essentially what this graphic is laying out for you.

It’s helping you to time things right.

My designer Taylor once told me this great quote when talking about Ex Boyfriend Recovery,

You don’t ask someone to marry you on the first date

How true is that?

And the same can be said about getting an ex back.

You can’t just ask an ex boyfriend to get back together with you immediately after the breakup.

The timing isn’t right for that.

Instead, there is a process that you have to follow to make the timing right and even then there are no guarantees.

And that leads me to my ultimate point.

WHEN you talk to an ex is just as important as HOW you talk to an ex.

And that’s what we are going to talk about today.

I am going to dissect one of the most difficult situations that a woman can find herself in if she wants her ex back, what to do if she hasn’t talked to him in a long time.

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The Rule Of Timing And Talking

There is a general rule of thumb that we abide by here at Ex Boyfriend Recovery when it comes to your chances of success.

The further removed you are from a breakup the lower your chances of success are.

Let me give you an extreme example to hammer my point home.

Imagine you have a pair of couples.

  • Couple One: 3 Months Removed From A Breakup
  • Couple Two: 3 Years Removed From A Breakup

Which of these couples do you think has a better chance of getting back together?

Well, our own research has proven that couple one would have a better shot because the breakup is a little fresher on the mind for them.

Whereas with couple two the breakup is three years removed.

Now, I don’t want you to forget the fact that usually some time has to pass for a couple to be ready to try again.

This point was proven in my most recent interview with Neil Sattin,

You see, Neil is currently engaged to his ex.

And they did something really unique for their breakup. Something that I hadn’t heard of before. Essentially what they did was agree that they wouldn’t date anyone else for “X” amount of days.

This gave them time to be alone and contemplate if being together was right for them.

What an idea, right?

If only all breakups could be that civil.

But I think this is an important lesson in timing because after six months apart both of them realized that they wanted to be together. In other words, the timing was right.

And with that “segue” I’d like to introduce you to a harsh truth (that you may not want to hear.)

Generally speaking the further removed you are from your last real conversation with your ex the harder it is to actually get them back

Let’s dissect this “rule.”

I think the first thing that we have to do is define what a “real conversation” is.

Take this text message as an example,


This is not a real conversation to me.

Nothing of importance or interest is being conveyed when both parties just say “hey.”

Now, compare that text message string to this one,


This is the beginning of what looks like a great conversation.

When I refer to a “real conversation” this is what I am talking about.

So, let’s imagine that the last time you had a conversation like this with your ex was a year ago. Since then, you haven’t had any real communication back and forth. Well, according to the rule above you are going to be facing some headwind when it comes to getting him back.

Now, compare that to a situation where the last time you had a real conversation with your ex was a month ago. Chances are you are going to have a much easier time rebuilding rapport and attraction.

Of course, this leads me to my ultimate point.

This article is going to be focusing on the worst case scenario and what to do if you find yourself in it.

What Is The Worst Case Scenario?

Imagine that you and your ex had a horrible breakup.

And when I say horrible… I MEAN HORRIBLE.

He was yelling…

You were yelling…

It was a yellfest!

And then the two of you went your separate ways.

You don’t talk for YEARS!

But throughout those passing years there has been this little voice in the back of your head saying,

You know what, I may have made a mistake by letting him go.

Initially it starts off small but it quickly gains enough traction to make you want to take action.

So, what do you do?

Well, before we get to that the first thing I want to say to you is that what I just laid out for you is what I consider to be “the worst case scenario.”

Essentially it’s a scenario where you haven’t talked to your ex in a very long time and there doesn’t seem to be any chance of success.

Questions are swimming around in your head like,

  • What do I do?
  • What do I say?
  • How do I approach him?

But there’s something about me that you don’t know.

I love challenges!

In fact, that greater the challenge the more intriguing the situation becomes for me. I mean, all you have to do is read Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO to get a sense of that.

So, here’s what I am going to do for you.

I am going to come up with a clear game plan for you to follow if you haven’t talked to your ex in a long time.

I am going to teach you,

  • What to do
  • What to say
  • How to approach him

Hmm… why does that sound so familiar?

Oh wait, I just literally said the same stuff above!

But first things first, let’s explore if you have any hope if you do find yourself in a situation where you haven’t talked to your ex in a long time?

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Is There Any Hope?

Every Monday I talk to Ashley, our head of content development here at Ex Boyfriend Recovery.

You may be familiar with her work here, here and here.

Usually we talk about the articles she is working on for the week and we start brainstorming the articles she is going to work on for the next week. Anyways, this Monday when I talked to her I happened to mention the fact that I was working on this article and she told me a pretty shocking story.

So shocking in fact that I asked her to send it to me over text so you can see it for yourself,


So, let’s break this down for a moment.

Ashley, and her ex boyfriend went through a breakup in college where he completely cut her out of his life as he moved overseas. Despite that she eventually got back on talking terms with him and they remained friends for years to come.

One day, years after the breakup had passed he called her up and asked her to move overseas to live with him JUST SO THEY COULD DATE!

Now, you may be asking yourself,

Why would he even feature that story from Ashley?

A couple of reasons!

First off, I want to show you that even when a situation seems impossible there is still hope.

Others have succeeded at what you are trying to do.

Secondly, I think we can learn something from Ashley’s approach.

But before I start diving into that I think we need to define our goal.

What Are You Trying To Accomplish?

This may be the most important question that you ask as you commit yourself to this process.


Because it’s going to dictate the way you go about things.

  • Are you trying to get him back?
  • Are you just trying to get back on speaking terms with him?
  • Are you just trying to rekindle a friendship?

For the purposes of this article we are going to approach things like you are trying to get him back (since I think most of the women who read this are going to find themselves in that exact situation.)

BUT I find that I always explain things better when I have specific situation to work with.

I mean, there is a big “X” factor in play here still.

The “X” Factor: How long has it been since you had a real conversation with your ex

Let’s go ahead and assume that it’s been 4 months since the last conversation you had with your ex.

So, going forward I am going to try to tailor advice to this situation,

You want to get your ex boyfriend back after not talking to him once in a total of four months.

The big question jumbling around in your mind at this point probably is,

What the hell do I do to succeed in a situation like that?

Well, Here’s What You Do

This is going to sound really weird and make me sound like I am an old man but I have been doing this for half a decade!

And when you spend that much time focused on breakups you start picking up on the patterns that work versus the patterns that don’t work. That simple fact makes what I am about to say that much more powerful.

There’s just something about self improvement that is sexy to an ex.

It sounds counter productive, right?

I mean, I am sure that expert after expert has peddled “magic bullets” and “guarantees” in front of you in your search for answers and the thing about those “magic bullet guarantees” is that they usually revolve around a specific way to act in front of your ex.

But I am going to tell you a secret.

There is no magic bullet when it comes to getting an ex back

Yes, I will agree that there is an optimum way to act in “ex recovery” but oftentimes that pails in comparison to someone who has actually gone out and made something of themselves during their time apart.

Again, I hate to sound like a broken record but this point was hammered home by relationship expert, Neil Sattin in my most recent interview with him here (insert link).

He credited the fact that he had time apart with his ex as the reason for why they eventually ended up together.

Now, I know what you are thinking,

Ok, I kind of get what you are talking about Chris BUT your thoughts are a little scattered. Is there a way you can really explain what you mean by “self improvement.”


Let’s just start another section.

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How To Improve During Your Time Apart

The first thing I want to explain to you is the fact that most women in your situation make a massive mistake when they come to the realization that they want to get their exes back after a long time apart.

The mistake?

They contact him without having made any significant strides in their own personal development.

Hmmm.. how can I put this?

Ok, imagine that there are two versions of you,


Each of these versions have dated your ex and each of them is in the same exact circumstance that we are covering in this article, they want him back after not having talked to him for a significant amount of time.

The only difference between these two versions of you is what they have done with that “significant” amount of time.


Version one hasn’t done anything with her time apart from her ex.

Version two has done a lot. She’s gotten a new job. Lost a lot of weight. Dated a few new people. Made a lot of friends.

Hell, she feels like an entirely new/better person.

So, let’s switch gears for a moment and look at the situation from your exes perspective.

After, let’s say four months, version one of you reaches out to your ex and tries to get him back. Ultimately he isn’t receptive to version one because he feels like that chapter in his life is over and he doesn’t want another messy breakup.

I mean, version one has nothing new to bring to the table.

Version two, on the other hand, does!

In fact, version two is almost like a completely different person and that brings a sense of newness and excitement to the relationship and I think we all know my thoughts on “newness.”

Now, I realized I have talked a lot but I haven’t really given you anything actionable for self improvement.

Well, I am actually going to give you my two best tips.

  1. The “Date Yourself” Philosophy
  2. The Holy Trinity

What Is The “Date Yourself” Philosophy?

About a week ago I conducted an interview with a pretty interesting woman.

Her name is Veronica Grant and she is a dating coach.

You can watch the interview here,

Now, the thing that really caught my eye when it came to Veronica was the fact that she is a big proponent of “dating yourself.” Now, I am someone who considers myself to be pretty “well read” but I hadn’t ever heard of “dating yourself.”

So, that was an obvious question that I brought to her attention and she had maybe one of the best answers I had ever heard before,

Dating yourself is kind of what it sounds like. Doing things for yourself that you would either want or expect your significant other to do for you. So, it can be things like buying yourself flowers, writing yourself a love note, taking like a hot bubble bath, taking yourself out for a drink or for a nice dinner but really the deeper essence of it is making yourself feel how you want to feel on your relationship.

What an idea!

By treating yourself like you want to be treated in a relationship you are essentially putting yourself in a happier frame of mind and you are opening yourself up to positive experiences.

Not only is it a way to reshape your philosophy of how you should be treated by a man you date but it is also a way to self heal.

It’s ingenious and I have to give Veronica all the credit in the world on this one.

You can check her out here.

So, that’s kind of my first BIG tip for you.

Take a few weeks and “date yourself.”

However, I want you to simultaneously do something else.

Take Advantage Of The Holy Trinity

Life can be divided up into three important aspects,

  1. Health
  2. Wealth
  3. Relationships

These three aspects make up what I like to call “the holy trinity.”

I’ve talked about this a lot on this website before so it’s not like I am revolutionizing anything here.

The idea here is to take each one of these aspects of the holy trinity and improve your life significantly. This way by the time you do end up contacting your ex after this extended period it’s going to seem like you are an even better version of yourself that he is used to.

Besides, I think it really plays into this idea of “dating yourself.” By focusing on the holy trinity you are focusing on yourself and doing things that are going to ultimately make you feel good about yourself.

Now, I don’t want to get too much into how to improve each aspect of “the holy trinity” especially when it’s something that I cover in great detail in my book, Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO. What I will say though is that even though it seems like improving each aspect of “the holy trinity” seems like an easy thing to do, it’s not.

As a human being you only have a certain amount of time that you can dedicate into each aspect and finding the perfect balance of time for each aspect is very difficult.

So, don’t think that this is going to be a walk in the park because it’s not.

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What To Say To Your Ex After Not Talking To Him In A Long Time

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago when I was fielding questions for my podcast. You see, if you aren’t already aware I run a pretty diverse podcast where I allow visitors to call in and ask me questions using this page.

Anyways, I happened to get a really funny question and it stuck with me enough to write about it here.

Basically, a woman who you could tell really wanted her ex back completely botched what I like to call “the first contact” text message.

First Contact Text Message: The first time you talk to your ex after an extended period of time (like the no contact rule.)

I have to admit that this is an area where a lot of women struggle and it’s not hard to see why.

There are so many questions floating around in their heads,

  • What do I say?
  • Will he respond?
  • What if he says something mean back to me?
  • Will this even work?

These questions are very relevant because you are probably having these same exact questions.

However, there is one question that I know for a fact consumes most women,

Won’t it be weird to just “all of a sudden” show up in my exes life after not talking to him for a long time?

The answer to this question is,

“Yes it will be weird.”

And this is something that we have to overcome together.

So, how can we overcome this “weirdness?”

Well, really it boils down to what you say. As long as you word things in the right way and convey something interesting that initial weird feeling won’t matter so much.

It’s often said that,

“Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions.” -Sigmund Freud

And that’s how you are going to overcome this weirdness, with words.

The real question is,

What Words Shall You Use?


That is a great question!

A few months ago I did a podcast episode deconstructing the perfect first contact text message.

In that episode I mentioned that there are generally four factors that you need to look at to create a perfect message.

  1. Knowledge
  2. Story
  3. Action Phrases
  4. The Tie In

So, here’s what I am going to do for you. I am going to go through each of these factors and give you examples of how you are going to incorporate them into your first contact text message.

Sound like a plan?

Let’s begin,


The first thing you are going to want to do is leverage what you already know to be true about your ex.

What are his likes?

His dislikes?

What is the one topic that he always lit up on when you would talk to him about it?

I’ll give you an example, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to talk to him about “french fries” in your first contact text message if you know for a fact that he despises them. Essentially what you are doing is you are leveraging what you know about him to pick a topic or theme of your text message. You want this topic or theme to be positive in nature.

I’ll tell you what.

I’ll use my ex as an example so I can jump down to your level.

When I look back on my relationship with my ex there is one singular thought that jumps to mind, sky diving.

For some reason my ex was obsessed with skydiving and wanting nothing more to do it. Of course, I didn’t want to sky dive or do anything like that at all. But she had some strange obsession with it.

This is important knowledge for me to understand because it’s going to be the theme of my text message. In other words, my entire text message to my ex would be about sky diving.

So, now that we have the theme of the message picked out let’s move on to the next component of the first contact text message, stories.


Here’s a little known fact.

If you want to become a master at re-attracting your ex the first thing you need to do is become a master storyteller.

But how?

How do you become a master storyteller?

Well, you are going to use logic and rhetoric.

Both are equally important to master and both must be used in your first contact text message.

For the record,

  • Logic- Stating the facts in a story
  • Rhetoric- Telling a story in a way so that it has the most impact on an audience

I did a great little skit explaining this in detail in the video below,

So, here’s what we know so far about the perfect first contact text message.

  • You need to pick a theme around the text message utilizing the knowledge you have of your ex
  • Once you have your theme picked you need to work it into a story utilizing logic and rhetoric

Lets move on to the next component.

Action Phrases

I want you to imagine something for me for a moment.

Imagine that you are walking around at a function and you see a group of your friends huddled together talking amongst themselves.

You walk up to this group and you try to get their attention by simply saying,


Of course, they are talking amongst themselves and don’t hear the “hey.”

Simply talking to them won’t do the trick.

What you really need to do is something drastic to get their attention.

So you decide to “SNAP” really loud,


This works as immediately everyone stops what they are doing and turns their attention to you.

The same principle is going to apply to your first contact text message.

You need to do something that grabs your exes attention away from whatever it is he is doing and focus his attention on you.

That’s where “action phrases” come into play.

An action phrase is something that you can say to your ex to snap him into place and grab his attention.

I’ll give you an example,


These are all examples of action phrases. I mean, imagine how you would react if someone who you were interested in had texted one of these things to you.

Do you think you’d respond?

I’m betting that you would!

So, the question now becomes,

What do you do with your action phrase?

Well, it’s how I want you to start the conversation with your ex. I want you to snap his attention to you and then you can get into telling your story.

Let’s move on to the final component of the first contact text message.

The Tie In

I’m going to admit that there is some risk with this and for that reason I am going to say that this particular component is optional.

Here’s how the tie in works.

At the end of your first contact text message you are going to say a phrase similar to this,

“It was the first time I thought about you in a while.”

The purpose of saying this is that you want to accomplish two things,

  1. Establish that you aren’t thinking too much about your ex
  2. Make him wonder, “Why hasn’t she thought of me in the X amount of time we haven’t talked?”

Honestly, that’s all there is to this component.

Remember, it’s optional and can be a bit risky.

Putting It All Together

Ok, let’s put all of this stuff together so you can get a full grasp of how a perfect first contact text should work and since I kind of already got one started centered around my ex let’s just take that and run with it.

So, if you’ll recall there are four main components to a perfect first contact text message

  1. Knowledge
  2. Story
  3. Action Phrase
  4. Tie In

What I’d like to do now is go down the list and start constructing my text based on these four items.

Let’s start with knowledge,

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If you remember my teaching on knowledge above you’d remember that the theme I chose for a hypothetical first contact text message to my own ex would revolve around sky diving.


Because I know it’s something that she was obsessed about and would be responsive to.

Therefore, this first contact text message is going to revolve around skydiving.


This is where you have to get a bit creative. My job here is to create a compelling story that my ex is going to want to hook into or respond to. Now, this may sound crazy but here’s the idea I came up with.

My ex was obsessed with sky diving because it’s something that she always wanted to do but never had the guts to.

Some would say that it’s a dream of hers.

Well, what if I went sky diving?

Then I would have one hell of a story to tell, wouldn’t I?

Now, am I recommending that you should go sky diving and text your ex about it? Absolutely not. I am just trying to show you how powerful this method can be if you really commit to it.

So, the story I tell my ex will probably look like this,


This text paints a vivid picture of me being “so nervous that I am shaking.” Something that I feel a lot of people can relate to when they think of skydiving.

It’s a perfect story too because it’s something my ex always wanted to do so I am close to certain that she can hook into the story and respond to the text.

Of course, simply telling this story isn’t enough. Remember, there are a few extra steps.


One can argue that this is the most important part of the first contact text message because this is the phrase that is supposed to capture an exes attention and make them pay attention.

And since we already have our theme and our story all we really need at this point is to say something to call my exes attention to it and I have just the thing!

Six simple words,


Ideally, my ex will get this text and immediately be curious as to where I am in.

Thus, she will answer the text with,


And this is how you can segue into your story.

This leads us to our final component.


Finally I think it might be a nice touch for me to add in,


This ties directly into my exes feelings and it’s kind of a sweet thing to say.

So, when you put everything together here’s what it looks like,


What Do I Do Next?

So, let’s assume that you sent a first contact text message to your ex boyfriend after not seeing or talking to each other in a very long time.

What do you do next?

Well, do you have five hours to talk with me?

Seriously, explaining everything you have to do would take me that long.

I’ll give you an example.

This Friday I am going to be conducting a live coaching call and posting it on my podcast (In fact, after it goes live I may pop back on this page and update this section so you can see it.)

Anyways, I have been prepping for this thing for a good week now and have a pretty good idea on what I want to tackle with the person being featured.

There’s just one problem.

We only have an hour to chat on the phone and an hour isn’t anywhere near what it takes to explain everything that needs to happen in order to get an ex back.

And that leaves us at a bit of a fork in the road.

The way I see it is you have two choices.

Choice #1: Take what little you’ve learned in this article and hope it’s enough to win your ex back.

Choice #2: Obtain a resource that has everything laid out for you step by step so you know exactly what to do.

Which choice do you prefer?

Probably choice two, right?

Well, I’d like to introduce you to the resource that I am talking about in choice two.

It’s called, Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO and without a doubt I am confident in saying that it’s the most comprehensive resource out there for you to lean on when it comes to getting your ex boyfriend back.

Oh, and one of the things you’ll learn about in PRO is the fact that you need to constantly leave your ex wanting more.

Which is kind of what I am doing right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ .


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Chris Seiter

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130 thoughts on “If You Haven’t Talked To Your Ex Boyfriend In A Long Time Here’s What You Do…”

  1. Ntokozo

    February 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Ex broke up with me 6 months ago. I told him i still loved him over a month ago and he said he doesmt have time for a relationship because he wants to focus 100% on school (we both in college) so after that conversation i didnt text him and neither did her. Should i just give up and move on and should i keep trying to use the antics here on this site?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Ntokoxo,

      If you’ve used nc a lot, then yes, it’s time to move on..

  2. V

    May 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Amor! This is the exact day 30 of my NC. I’ve been practicing my driving skill and about to sign up for a boxing class, remembering how he loves independent girls who know how to drive and used to encourage me to take driving lessons. Personally, this is quite a good excuse to initiate a conversation. But I don’t know because I feel like I’m not ready yet and since he’s been flirting this other girl, he might be too busy “feeling happy” with her and forget about me. Thus, the more I think of sharing this happiness, the more the breakup pain aches. I remember the week before our break, and how he dared to have the thought of leaving me… I don’t know if there’s still anything left to start again. Despite the thought that keeps me from go-for-it, I’m still eager to tell him about this new driving skill but I also want to do another 30 days NC, can I still talk about the great news of 30 days ago? I don’t know if I should contact him now or wait a little bit longer.
    The past 30 days, I realized that I don’t need to change much of my appearance because he loves girls with a little belly fat and long dark hair, the only thing is my acne which probably a subconscious add-up to convince him breakup with me is a should. Here’s my theory: (1) he didn’t love me enough to do what a bf needs to do (aka the fire is small) => (2) didn’t text me when he went out and disappeared for 28 hours => (3) fed my hot temper+clinginess, I cried a lot from overthinking of every possible scenarios (literally) => (4) Quarrels every 1-2 weeks/Different mindset => He felt guilty of (2) -> (3) that led to (4), doubted the ability to work it out (negative emotions: guilt, insecurities) and blamed me for the whole breakup => chose to give up on me. So I know that I’ll have to turn his negative emotions into positive ones, but is it possible to reignite the fire and make it bigger somehow?

    What’s your thought Amor?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      May 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      what do you mean that he blamed you? did he really say that or is that your thoughts only? dont focus in the past and what he might be thinking, that’s not going to help you..if you improved yourself and were active in posting, initiate texting and slowly build rapport and attraction while continuing to improve yourself..

    2. V

      May 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Hey, thanks for your reply, Amor! He said “I don’t want us to argue so often. I wanted a long-term relationship, but IT IS YOU who made me rethink my decision.” (english isn’t our native language so that’s the best meaning I could deliver) and more of that coming. And you’re absolutely right about me keep focusing on the past. Overthinking is my bad practice, I was so afraid of what displayed in the past and the present that could affect whatever influenced his action in the future. There are days when I felt alright, happy and all that I thought “this is it, this is the day I got my life under control”, but the next day the pain returned.

    3. V

      May 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      quick update, I used FB to initiate first contact with him just a few hours ago (this is usually our main source of communication bc we never cross paths even though living in the same city), my heart pounded as I took like 5 minutes to decide whether to hit Enter. Here’s the details:
      7:55pm “Hey, I got something I want to share. Thinking you should know. *a happy emoji*”
      9:14pm: “What is it”
      “I just got home from class” (yes you took a night class, I still remember that)
      9:50pm: “kay, i’m about to hit the sheet so just gonna make it short, i’ll tell more when there’s more time available. *a satisfied emoji* So last holiday I went to my grandma’s house and practiced riding a bike, a child’s one. Only practiced for a day, haven’t fell down the river yet but i might killed some flowers on neighbor’s fences, but bet you $5 that i can finally strike a smooth direct road like drunkens =)) welp, thought u’d be proud. *another satisfied emoji*”
      10:10pm: *A sticker I can’t read bc i turned wifi off*
      “but any scratches?” (that’s him being polite to a normal friend, i honestly have no expectation this time, first time ever I actually feel calm since the breakup… feeling blessed somehow)
      I didn’t leave the ‘Seen’ mark (hopefully), leaving it for day 2. So how did I do it Amor?

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      May 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      that’s good..it ended at high point..

    5. V

      May 4, 2017 at 4:11 am

      I just replied to his yesterday’s question with a “just guess”. I know he only online in his free time so I have no problem with late replies. He guessed a few & added “your body have always been easy to get bruises”. I also anticipate having to text more than 2 texts in day 2 if he asks more, meaning to break Chris’s texting routine a little >.< is it okay to do so? since there's still plenty of time for the day and he may know I try to play the leaving-you-waiting card since he did that to me before the parting, could get worse if he thinks this is to get back at him at some point along the way. But i'll try to keep it brief.

      Thank you for your words Amor, they really hit me. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have the courage to do the first contact. I know it's just the beginning, there will be more obstacles to get through in the future, I hope I can still maintain this solid state of mind i'm having right now that keeps me going.

    6. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      May 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      It’s ok..follow your gut just don’t over do and always end at high note..you’re welcome!

    7. V

      May 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Amor,

      So I was right about having to message him much more than planned. But boy, I was wrong about the content. He was out of control. After I replied he started talking about his past few days. How he didn’t take care of himself. Staying at school from 6AM to 9PM studying even when no class, neglecting his looks (he usually very neat), risking his study by submitting assignments late and getting to class late (not like him at all, his study is very important to him), efurbishing his motorbike over and over. His mom told him that he has gotten thinner and he hated that. He also told he was wearing the shirt I gave him the whole day, even wore it going to the hospital (I asked were he sick and he just bluntly replied that he went to get some medicine). I have always been the only one that he could complain about his day to, the only one that he showed his weak side to. I was upset at the fact that he damned himself but kept my calm anyway. I asked him why were him treating himself badly like that and he acted like not getting my question. And “why don’t you tell this to your friends and family, why it has to be me?” and he said “It’s nice to have someone to hear me babble. Having the occasion that you talk to me, I don’t even know since when I talk this much”. I got a feeling that all those things he did have somewhat to do with me and the breakup.

      I asked a guy friend of mine what was that all mean, he said my ex might tricking me into getting back to him, or he simply has a weak mind, cannot cope up with the breakup. That he wants me. But I denied, saying not until he admits it and maintain my calm

      The last thing my ex told me was “It’s late. Go to sleep.” I didn’t say anything.

  3. Michi

    January 30, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Hi so after you told me to build a rapport I started messaging him here and there and always got either a positive response or a neutral one. Last weekend I was babysitting a mutual friends dog for the weekend and she happens to live close to him so I decided since things were going well to see if he wanted to catch up. I sent him a message telling him that I was free that weekend if he wanted to catch a movie or something, a couple of hours later I got a response from him saying “can’t this weekend… Thanks for the invite though!!” I figured he was blowing me off in a nice way so I decided to not send him messages for a little while… It’s been a little over a week and I didn’t send anything nor did I receive anything from him. I went online to “check up” on him on Facebook (even though we aren’t Facebook friends) and noticed that he blocked me, I know this because I couldn’t even search his name and asked my friend if she could find him and she could… He only did this yesterday so almost a week after me asking him to hang out and it doesn’t make sense to me because I wasn’t bothering him or anything and I am wondering why he would out of the blue block me… I have a couple of theories but want to know what you think….

    1) his new gf (idk if he has one or not just a theory) doesn’t want him talking to his exs-which I still don’t understand the complete block because we weren’t Facebook friends and we spoke now and then and it was nothing serious

    2) seeing posts through mutual friends still brings up memories and he is trying to still get over me- in which case means he still cares which means why aren’t we together?

    3) he saw my post about my upcoming vacation which pissed him off because it was a place we wanted to go to together and talked about going there for our honeymoon – but how can he be mad for me “moving on” when he doesn’t want to try again

    Regardless all three seem extreme to me especially since it’s not like we were really talking that much and I was bothering him…like I said I haven’t spoken to him in over a week

    So what do you make of this? What are my next steps?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Mitchi

      there’s a high chance that it is his gf that made him do that out of jealousy. His anger can be a good sign because that means he’s still jealous but that can also mean he’s just being possesive and he still sees the old you, that’s why he still doesn’t want to try again, aside from the fact that there is another girl in his life.. At this point, the best you can do is to keep improving yourself

  4. Michi

    January 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

    My ex and I broke up about 3-4 months ago. We were very serious, he wanted me to move in with him, we would talk about getting married and having children. It seemed like all of a sudden everything took a 180 degree turn and he flipped out saying that he wasn’t sure he wanted to have kids and that he felt as though I was emotionally abusing him (this was all during the time he got promoted so I think it had a lot to do with stress) during our last conversation he told me that he still loves me and that maybe in the future once we both healed that maybe we can try again. I was heartbroken, I believe that if you love someone you stick and work your problems together not push that person away. Well we cut off all communications and haven’t spoken in about 3 months. Then on Jan 1, 2017 I get a Facebook message from him saying happy new year!! And saying that he had heard I left my job and was asking how my job search was going. We talked a little and he was saying how everything is a struggle with his own demons, I told him that it’s the new year and he should think positively and continue moving forward. We haven’t spoken since (it’s been 17 days) should I message him? What should I say? Or continue to wait for him to message me again?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Michi,

      how much did you improve since you broke up?

    2. Michi

      January 18, 2017 at 1:46 am

      I believe I improved… I started working out and eating healthier, I also have been hanging out my friends more and going out and I found a new job and will be starting that soon … It has gotten easier and I don’t want to cry whenever I think about us but I still love him so much and I do look him up on Facebook/Instagram once in a while even though we aren’t friends, we have mutual friends and I can see if he comments or likes their pictures/ posts…. I just want to know if the fact that he messaged me means he still cares and maybe wants to get back together?

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      let’s say he missed you and remembered you.. if you’re going to initiate contact, slowly build rapport first

  5. Cara

    November 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Thank you EBR team for this page. It gives me some hope even though many people have told me that’ it’s been too long and the chances are low. I still think anything is possible. I’ve heard of stories of people successfully getting back together after 2, 3, and even 5 years.

  6. Christina H.

    November 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I have been on and off with my bf for about 4 years. We have been though a lot but I have always believed he has cared for me. I had to put my cat down a few weeks ago (this may sound silly, but it was devastating) and my bf could not have been more supportive and loving. I was so impressed! Then, a week ago, he lied about going out and drinking and we had plans the following day. I found out he lied and cancelled plans.. then I didn’t hear from him all day so I was worried because he never texted me back. When he finally did, he was extremely rude and has not spoken to me since. WTF?! How could he do this? I see this as his way out – but I don’t get it? He was so great when my cat passed and then all of a sudden he’s gone? Please help – I am so angry and sad. ๐Ÿ™

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 11, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Hi Christina,

      I understand. It’s not silly. I have pets too. But I think he understood how you loved your cat, so he was comforting. But that doesn’t have anything to do with why he lied. Is he a constant lier? We’re you always having problems about him going out?

    2. Christina

      November 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      He did lie about going out because he knew I would get upset… It’s been three weeks and NOT ONE SINGLE WORD. I cannot believe he would hurt me like this. How could he not know ignoring me and blocking me would be incredibly painful? He obviously does not care. Mind you, this is the same guy that a few months ago was taking about moving in, marriage, wanting to take trips with me, etc. I am beyond hurt and angry.

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      What’s your plan? Even though you havent spoken for weeks, it’s not considered a no contact rule if you werent focused in healing and improving yourself.. And if he lied because he knew you wouldnt approve, I think that’s one of the things that need to change if you ever get back together

  7. Emily

    November 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hi, I am back in contact with my ex after almost a year, I am still in the first contact stages really, doing some good memory messages but taking it slow. Whilst I am back in contact should I be still doing jealousy in terms of pictures with other guys? like in no contact? or will this push him away? Many Thanks!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 7, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Hi Emily,
      hold back for now and focus in building rapport..

    2. Emily

      November 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Hi Amor,
      Great thank you! So glad I asked before I acted. So great that your team have written this article, seems to be getting a lot of comments. Thanks for everything you guys do!

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you too Emily!

  8. Evelyn

    November 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    What does this mean When me and my ex don’t talk or call or text anymore, but stills feels jealous or offended when seen pictures with random guys or girls? After 7 months of breakup??

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      More likely, it’s that sense of ownership and ego.. you were once his, so being human, there would really be jealousy when you’ve got someone new

  9. Evelyn

    November 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Suppose me and my ex haven’t texted or talked for 7 long months butjust spy each other on WhatsApp,Instagram and facebook. What does this mean? When we don’t talk or call or text anymore, but stills feels jealous or offended when seen pictures with random guys or girls?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      More likely, it’s that sense of ownership and ego.. you were once his, so being human, there would really be jealousy when you’ve got someone new

  10. Evelyn

    November 6, 2016 at 4:08 am

    my ex broke up with me 3 months ago. I tried the NC rule for 1 month and it worked. But after 1 week he again broke up with me. He says that i dont care or love him much and that he has to concentrate on his projects and im distracting him. We both are in different schools and barely meet but we do call each other every single day. I tried NC again but its going beyond 90 days. Has he really forgotten about me?? He has blocked me on fb at first month . At that time i was not on whatsapp. After 1 month i took whatsapp and tried out a test to see whether he has my number, to my surprise he did, as i can see his private profile.
    Then again after 1 half month he texted me an exclamation mark. I dont know what he’s trying to say but just a ( ! ). And that too twice. I didnt text back nor did he block me. He is pretty stubborn and has big ego. Its been 3 half months now and i dont know what to do. At the time of breakup he told me not to call or text him ever again. So i dont know if i should text him or call him as he made that statement. I want him to take the initiative of calling me .

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Evelyn

      it’s been too long.. in a way, at this time, both if you should have moved o from the negative emotions.. You can initiate, but if you really dont want to, set a limit on until when you would wait before totally moving on

  11. Surprised

    November 4, 2016 at 4:21 am


    So I just found out me ex and girlfriend just broke up. We haven’t talked for months since we broke up. I tried contacting him after the no contact period and it didn’t work. He snapchatted me a couple weeks ago and I snap chatted him back. He lives a couple hours away from and the picture was of him somewhere in the city near me. It was in his story so I know he sent it to a bunch of other people. No response after I snapchatted him back. . I understood because he was with the girl and I know he takes loyalty in relationships very seriously. I check social media for updates on his life every now and then and I noticed he no longer has a relationship status up. I also noticed that he deleted the one picture he had with the other girl. I think it is pretty safe to conclude that they are no longer together. I saw this just this morning. I checked my emails tonight and saw that he requested me on LinkedIn… He deleted me everywhere after our breakup, Facebook and Instagram but no snapchat. I think it’s rather strange that he’s choosing to connect with me on this network. What does this mean? I accepted because it’s a professional network but I am very confused.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      November 6, 2016 at 12:48 am

      Hi Surprised,

      he may think it’s not as awkward to start with, but tread carefully. It’s ok to reconnect, but it’s not ok to be a rebound.

  12. Gianna

    October 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    My name is Gianna and its been 4 months since the brekup. My ex left me for a girl that he has been friends with for years. We dated for 2 years. How can I get him back? Should I wait longer?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      HI Gianna,

      They’re still together now? And I’m assuming you haven’t talked to him for 4 months too. To be honest, there’s no guarantee that you will get him back, especially if the’re going strong. And during this 4 months, did you improve yourself?

  13. Margaret

    October 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I am contemplating contacting an ex after 3 years of no contact because he was in a new relationship. They ended up getting married and I thought he was happy and off the market for good. I found out this week that he has been unhappy for sometime and is going through a divorce now. I just found out a few days ago from a common friend. I can’t stop thinking about him and how I should approach the situation. It is likely that he will suspect I know about the divorce because if the friend he reached out to and told. I want to wait a few months before I contact him but it is currently on my mind non stop. I want to do everything I can to restart a friendship and a relationship. This is long distance as well.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Hi Margaret

      for me, now is not the right time.. let him heal and go through the divorce independently, because if you come in his life right now, you might end up being a rebound

  14. A

    October 6, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Hi I posted on this about 5 months ago when my ex and I broke up then he was vying for my attention. And it’s been 5 months we hadn’t spoken honestly I thought I was better off. I had a massive break down on Monday basically from bottling up all my emotions so I let him have at it. I came down on him pretty hard because I had been trying to be the sane ungettable girl and being coy but I was ready to move on now but I couldn’t do it without nuking that last relationship into a hole in the ground. So then he replied (surprised) since i outlined all the times he had made me feel uncomfortable in classes and everything – I just let him have it. Then crazily enough after those text messages I ran into him on the bus the next morning so I went up to him and I thought I wanted him back so I said so. We went and grabbed a coffee after not having spoken in 5 months. While I had been dating I had not been intimate with any other guys. I found out according to him “to satisfy his own ego” he had tried to sleep with a girl but apparently hadn’t been able to get it up. I don’t believe this for a second. But it’s kind of a deal breaker for me. I mean I’m so hesitant about who I let into my damn temple. And because he had low self esteem he thought he would humiliate me and embarrass me in front of our friends and family by trying to get this girl simply because he wanted to prove “he still had it”. No eff that! Like I can’t even believe that he couldnt get it up apparently she didnt stay over and went home. But he had basically had 3 dates with her – 1 where he had a 10min coffee date, a 2nd movie date where he made a move on her, and a 3rd where he tried to have drunk sex with her. Now he’s like oh now im sure there is no one else. And these last 5 months have been autonomous for me and when i saw you on the bus you just awakened me. He wants to get to know me again and go out on Saturday for a bit of a long drive to the coast. Honestly, I feel pretty embarrassed especially now that he is on anti depressants. I never got along with his family but apparently now he is happy to disengage completely from them because he realized his new step dad is an absolute racist and has his mom’s ear which is why our relationship completely went to shit in the last year. So he wants to keep me out of his family circle, he wants me to accept that he regrets almost sleeping with another woman to satisfy his ego and self esteem. We dated for 2 years and were apart for 5 months. He says his self esteem was so bad when we broke up and he’s doing like 3 hours or exercise a day and eating healthy so he feels better about himself. How did this turn into me wanting him back to him calling me and spending 3 hours on the phone trying to convince me to take him back I will never know. I guess I’m a bit of a gem now, and he’s just a pebble.

    1. A

      October 6, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Oh yeah I really needed help with this part like how is it possible after waiting for this person for 5 months … I find out there was someone else in between and I don’t want them anymore? What do normal people do? do they just make a decision – accept it and move on? I keep saying I need contingency. I need him to give up something for this to be worth my while. I mean I could just sleep with someone but I’m not sure that would make me happy or forgive this. I mean while I was dealing listening to emo music and breaking down on the treadmills at the gym he was out there trying to sleep with some other girl. I find that so disrespectful.

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Hi A,

      your improvements basically helped you move on.. so, the question is, do you want to give him a chance or not? Well, for me, his actions were out of being sad.. Yes, it was a mistake but I think his actions now prove that he’s more attracted to you than the other girl and that he still has feelings for you..

    3. A

      October 9, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Yeah, I’ve decided to give him another chance and it’s so weird. Get this. He watched a movie with her on this blue couch at his house. I of course was like wtf. I want you to burn that couch! I’m not going anywhere near it. Except the couch belongs to his room mates so he didn’t have any say in getting rid of it. This morning when I went over to his house his room mates happened to be throwing out the couch – just out of pure coincidence. Is it just me or is everything falling into place to make me happy in this relationship right now? I laughed so hard … because I hadn’t said anything out loud about wanting the couch gone because it sounds CRAZY of course. He does seem more devoted. I woke up this morning and he was holding me and watching me sleep – he said he spent the last 5 months holding a pillow wishing it was me – yeah he’s a bit sensitive. He seems more devoted – he wants to make me happy. But yeah I improved and I’m happy – he got his black belt in the mean time and got better grades – I made lots of friends and got a raving social life. I told him I maintained when we broke up that the next guy I dated would be the one – that would be it, so while i figure out I guess if now he’s good enough for me, he’s like “A … you need to actually let ME marry YOU” I think this ungettable thing actually works. I think I’m going to keep being ungettable till he puts a ring on it. Fuheva chasing. I need to show you guys my transformation- is there an email I can send pics to? Testimonial time!

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      fuheva chasing? lol! Well, the most important is, you don’t lose yourself in a relationship.. Even when you get married. It doesn’t mean you have to let him chase forever but it does mean, both of you know that if you don’t take time for each other, or take time alone, and if you don’t take care of the relationship, you would lose it..

      Just enjoy every moment with him, and when you’re not, enjoy that moment for yourself. Don’t stop growing.

      We would love your progress pics ๐Ÿ™‚ You can send it to [email protected] Thank you!

    5. A

      October 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      I will shoot them through! Also, I’ve spent a bit more time with my ex.
      He keeps saying I’m a bad person – like I’m not a good person.
      I think he’s bringing me down.
      It’s like when parents keep telling you that you’re ugly, or that you have “bad character” or whatever like none of that shit is very helpful because they made you – you’re actually a reflection of them. So when they keep saying it – you become it. My ex keeps telling me I’m a bad person “like him”.
      I spent the last 5 months working really hard on myself, I hung out with a lot of different people from all walks of life and I really let myself fall and feel compassion and empathy because my ex did leave me all alone and I was in a different state where I had no friends or family. I basically went out and made friends and a raving social life and built support. I’ve met older people – and younger people, helped people and asked for wise advice and mentorship. I landed a career mentor of my dreams who turned out to be excellent because the skills he was teaching me were applicable to all areas of my life – like negotiation skills and critical thinking etc. My parents weren’t all that great growing up so I am estranged and have been for 10 years now.
      My ex keeps asking for “proof” that all these guys wanted me but that I “picked” him. He says he wants to know that he won or some bullshit. He’s reverting back to some old habits that I don’t find too appealing – yesterday he basically got super hyper and clingy and wouldn’t do his work in class and wanted to go to the gardens and spend an hour there. I said no. I have to do work. I had to force him to go watch the football game and beers with the boys because he kept saying shit like “I wish I could spend all night with you again”. It’s a combination of that and the abuse really – out of the 50 or so people that I met in the last 5 months coming back to my ex and having him say I’m a bad person when none of all these other people thought so is sort of a blow to my self esteem. I can’t help but think he has to go. I won’t be that person I was 5 months ago. I would be happy to lose someone who would push me down.

  15. Donna

    October 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Amor,

    I’ve gone a little over 30 days of no contact so far, and I received a “like” on a tweet from my ex on Twitter via his secret account (the jury is still out whether or not it’s really him, but my friend assures me that it is him).

    I’m thinking about repling to him in a private message, but I’m a bit scared to make the first move. He still has me blocked on his main account, and I really want to gain a good rapport with him. I really need some guidance and help here!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      You mean reply in the private account? Nope, don’t do that.. First, you’re not sure if it’s really him. Second if it’s him, he might use it as a test for you.

    2. Donna

      October 7, 2016 at 1:45 am

      Yes, in the private account. So should I go another 30 days? If he is testing me, I wonder for how long he is expecting me to go along with this test and stay quiet. 30 days? 90 days?

      I feel like I’m treading on thin ice with him any time I wrote him a message in the past. Thankfully, I found out that reason why he blocked me was not entirely my fault (I won’t go into the dirty details, but it’s amazing the amount of damage a jealous woman can do). I just really hope that eventually, some day, I can get this all cleared up and gain his trust fully again.

      By the way, I tried to send Chris another email on [email protected] yesterday, so hopefully I will eventually get a reply.

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      dont interact in that account because of it’s a test to see if you’re going to flirt somebody you dont know, then he might use that against you.. if you are going to talk to him, talk to him in his real account..

    4. Donna

      October 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Well, that private account is actually a role playing account, and a few of our mutual friends have told me that it really is him hiding behind a “character.” I have never flirted with the private account and I don’t plan to.

      Besides that, how am I supposed to interact with him solely on his real account if he has me blocked? Do I just stay silent using the no contact rule for an infinite amount of time until he unblocks me?
      It’s been over 30 days so far of no contact, and I think I’ve been doing pretty good so far working on myself. Should I just keep no contact going or open up a new Twitter account hoping he will respond eventually?

    5. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 11, 2016 at 9:04 am

      that’s good that you didn’t.. if you’re still blocked now, extend for another week, and then use any other form aside from the role playing account. If there is really no other way, then be candid in asking him through that role account..

      Like, “I don’t know, if this you (name) but it would really be nice if this is you. Just want to say(and then insert the first contact message.)

    6. Donna

      October 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Ok, I’ll try that Amor. Any other form of contact would have to be in a public comment/tweet, and I don’t think a first contact message was meant to be in public, but private. I feel comfortable enough to ask him in the role play account in a private message. So I will wait another week when I will have reached 45 days. In the mean time, I’ll take another look at Chris’s articles about the perfect first message.

    7. Donna

      October 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Amor,
      Update here: I did find his Facebook page. He isn’t allowing anyone to friend him, but he did friend his gf and he still has his status as “divorced” from his previous marriage. I snooped around and he is still friends with his exfiance’s family. So I’m thinking my suspecions are right that this gf is a rebound.
      That said, I might still have a chance here. I’m just afraid that if I sent him a private message that he might just block me on Facbook as well. But we were never friends on Facebook before and as Chris said before, I really don’t have anything to loose. Right?

    8. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Right ๐Ÿ™‚ Go for it! Just don’t send a first text about your feelings, relationships, nor about his facebook

  16. Samantha

    October 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Hi! My ex and I broke up 3 months ago. We dated around 2 years, we were really close, but somehow the last few months of our relationship were full of silly (but big) fights.

    In one of these fights, I told him I was overwhelmed by all the arguing, that I wanted to be alone. A week after, I called him to fix things, but he was different and told me he didn’t wanted to be with me anymore. We met a few days later to give each other our stuff and we ended up in great terms. He even told me he doesn’t discredit getting back together in a future.

    After that, I haven’t heard from him a lot. I tried to talk to him, but he wasn’t interested in talking to me. Last time I spoke to him, I told him I was really sad, and he tried to cheer me up, to encourage me to work on myself and be happy on my own, but after a while he told me he was occupied and he had to hang up. That was about a month ago, he never called again.

    I don’t know how to reach out to him so that he could respond. I’ve been working on myself, and I’m sure I’m happy with my current situation, but I really miss him, he was my best friend. I don’t know what’s happened to him, I’m sure he isn’t in another relationship. Maybe he’s going out on a few dates, but nothing to worry about, I know him well and he doesn’t take many girls seriously. So I don’t understand how quickly he lost interest in me.

    I hope you can help me. Should I wait? Should I call it quits? Of if there’s still a chance, what should I say?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Samantha,
      you said you broke up 3 months ago, I don’t think he moved on that quickly if he broke up with you 3 months ago. If he sees you now, would he think you have moved on? Will he be comfortable enough to be friends with you again? Would he be attracted to you?

  17. Hopefull

    October 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I’ve spoken to you before about my situation but I’m just going to summarize some points again.
    My ex and I, have been dating for almost 4 years, and spent last year living together. We had our ups and downs, but last 2 months of us living together were very good. We finally got hold of the whole living together thing. Due to circumstances we decided to move apart for some time but planned on seeing each-other just as we were before. He moved out, all was good and 2 weeks after, he came back and broke up with me out of nowhere.

    You recommended that I did 45 days NK, so that’s what I did. I took it all to heart, started new sport, got haircut, lost some weight and all of that. Because of problems with landlord I had to contact him before the 45days, think it was like 37 days or so. We even had a short conversation on the phone but talked mostly about the deposit problem. After that we had no contact. I tried contacting him about week after that and got a neutral response, although he took a day to answer. After that I send another text but he didn’t answer. It’s going to be 10days since I sent that text and still no answer.

    I’m loosing hope now, and I know it is not helping me as I am afraid to reach out again because I don’t want to be ignored again and I don’t want to feel desperate texting him again after he ignored me the first time. I know that Chris talks about the interesting story but nothing so interesting happens to me. I am a bit confused about the creating the whole text thing. I read the Ex Boyfriend Recovery PRO etc but it doesn’t really say what to do when you get no reply..

    What can I do to increase my chances? Can I send a text that links to funny memory of us or should I keep away from reminding him of us? I am aware that it has been 55 days since our break up and our last real conversation, so I’m really worried that it is too late. I know I sound desperate but I’m just trying to increase my chances..

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Hopeful,

      if you got a neutral response, wait a week before trying again.. if he still ignores you, wait two weeks before trying again..if he still ignores you after that then it’s better to move on..

      the topic should be something he loves talking about.. not about your life. something that he’s interested in

  18. Nana

    September 30, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    hi there,
    I dated a guy (the love of my life) for about year+.. 5 years ago.. (yeah long time ago I know).. he was studying abroad..
    I texted him five months ago.. congratulating him on finishing his studies and passing the entrance exam.. he responded in a VERY positive way.. and kept asking me what I was up to.. and for the following month he used to initiate the conversations (messages).. sometimes he was wishing me the best.. and wishing me luck finding the suitable guy for me.. but then again he would start flirting and complementing me.. saying how charming my photos are.. and that I fit for being a model etc.. he even suggested twice meeting me to catch up and “say hello”.. but didn’t actually set a date.. kept it open.. so I tried to speed things up.. by doing a stupid move.. I told him we must talk for I am disappointed of him for doing something that I just heard about (something he did years ago)… so he got defenseve again.. saying that people move on.. we shouldn’t stick to old issues, blaming, head aches…and that he didn’t promise me anything.. he got really mad.. I didn’t answer..
    I disappeared for three months.. then went where he works (I go there almost once a month for other reasons)… I sent him a message saying that I heard he was working there and (by the way he works together with the guy I dated after him.. and almost got engaged to)… I suggested me going there.. to say hello to him.. first he loved the idea and agreed.. but the next day when I was there and told him that I prefer if he comes down (so that I won’t see the other guy).. he said he couldn’t.. and that he was busy! (took him a while to answer)
    last month I went up there.. found as excuse.. he was working.. he was surprised to see me (last time we saw each other was two years ago).. I acted as if I didn’t see him.. other guys came to me asking if they could help me.. (I am very attractive btw :$ :D)..he came to me to say hello.. he was very nice.. complemented me (and my body..) we stood there.. talked for about few minutes.. I didn’t show how eager I was to see him.. the opposite I played it very cool (maybe too cold).. and then patted his shoulder saying “I don’t wanna bother you knowing how precious your time at work is to you” (with a sarcastic smile and look) ….. stayed for a few minutes talking to some other guy at the same department then left without saying goodbye.
    next week I’m going there again… and God I love him.. I dunno wether I should try and see him again “by coincidence”.. or do anything or just wait for him to initiate things again!!
    I would appreciate it if you could advise me or help me ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Nana,

      I think it’s a smart move of being present in that way because you’re still distant.. Try to guage on when you can start initiating texting again. When he talks more to you when you’re there then continue the conversations in text.

  19. Amy

    September 29, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve been hanging out with my ex nine months after break up, having friends with benefits situation but we also were always saying goodbye to each other and never succeed in that. I know he loves me, I know he was thinking of giving us one more chance (he said that and he was crying once and said that would be a mistake so we didn’t reconciliate back then) but it didn’t happen, he is so stubborn and convinced that we are not good match.
    My question is- is it too late for NC? Are my chances bad after all those time? He said that he doesn’t want sex anymore after I said that he doesnt turn me on anymore (I was just mean and tired of fwb) and he also said that he wants to keep me as a friend and that sex will ruin that because we were fighting often. He was cuddling with me while watching series, he was driving me to ER, he likes my pet and was taking him to the vet, he was good to me but he didn’t want a relationship anymore. I want him, I know that I screwed up, but is it too late, is it the effect of NC ruined after those nine months? I said to him that is he doesn’t want relationship that I’m done with all and we said goodbye one more time, amicably.
    Can I get him back or is it too late?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Amy,

      to be honest, being friends with benefits is damaged your chances. It’s not possible in the near future because he just wants to be friends now and he knows how much you like him so every move you’ll make, he might think it’s one of your ways of getting him back.. So, yes, it’s better to move on now..

    2. Amy

      October 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      So, what should I do if I want him back? NC for how long? Or you are telling me that it’s over for good and I don’t have a chance at all and should stop trying?
      Chris wrote about friends with benefits and he didn’t sound like it’s impossible to get him back from that situation…

    3. Amy

      October 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Btw, I know for sure that all this time he had feelings for me, maybe not like before, but he had. He was jealous when I was dating this one guy, he admitted that he thought of geting back with me during those nine months but it isn’t important… and he helped me with some major things in my life so I know I am not just a fuck buddy to him. I know that some guys will tell everything and treat women like garbage because of sex, but he is not like that. But he is strongly conviced that we cannot be happy together and that’s the main reason why he didn’t give us a chance. And I was also too clingy.

      I really want him back. So please if you could give me advice how to.. I know what I should do to move on forever, but I want advice what should I do to get him back. I also know that I may never get him back and that’s ok but I want to try… he is my friend, my love and I don’t want to give up so easily. He hasn’t dated other women, I am afraid that he will, that’s why I stuck around for so long… So, how long of NC you reccomend? I don’t want him to forget about me but I wan’t him to miss me and thinks that I moved on….

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      yes, it’s not impossible but honestly, for you, I think it’s not possible in the near future.. I didn’t say never.. You just have to have a restart. I understand that you will keep trying. There’s no guarantee that the no contact rule will work but as a last step, do 45 days.. Keep in mind, take this as a restart.. Move on from the previous relationship. So, when you reconnect after 45 days, you have to take it slow, don’t sleep with him again and you have to keep the routine you started during no contact.

      He may not be using you for sex only, because he’s not like those guys, but don’t put yourself in that position by doing it repetitively. Value yourself, that way you lose the people who don’t, and the right people will stay.

    5. Amy

      October 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you, Amor.
      I blocked him on Facebook tonight. I know that Chris says that it’s not good but earlier when I had him on Facebook and trying to do NC, I was aware that he is looking my profile and I was kind of doing everything knowing that he is watching, doing things because of him and I don’t want that. Having him on Facebook makes me miss him more and he is still part of my life that way, so I decided to block him. Will that damage my chances?
      I have a lot of work to do, change some things in my life and currently I don’t want that he is looking my every step, I would rather that he sees big change after those 45 days.

      And I would like to remove my focus from him, I’ve been obsessed with getting him back those nine months and that’s unhealthy. But I wasn’t strong enough to cut him off. We broke up last year and then I did everything right, NC and everything and got him back but it didn’t last… and after the second break up I couldn’t do it all over again, I just wanted him close to me, I was weaker that time.

      When you say in the near future it’s not possible, what time frame you think it would be real to get him back?

    6. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      yeah, I understand. I think it would be better if you just block him for you to fully heal. Commonly, in this situations, it takes 6 months to a year..

  20. Lily

    September 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Hi there,
    My ex boyfriend and I broke up 4 months ago. I dont really get the reason because he gave too many reasons. But I think he was bored. We had a happy 5 year relationship before the break up happened. I tried the 30 day NC rule and improvised myself a lot after the break up. At first it was good. He called me and texted me. He even invited me out for dinner. I brought up interesting topics and we were texting for a while. But then I gave up after a month because he always replied real slow, like 10-15 mins just for a text and he seemed not so interested in the conversation. I texted him at night so of course he is not busy with his job. I stopped contacting him. After that, we sometimes text each other and kept it really short and in point. He was perplexed I guess. Once he didnt see me online and he called me at midnight just to know if I’m OK. The other time he called me just to make sure I’m OK because he just had a nightmare about me the night before. He logged into my Skype account and recently my Facebook account. He asked me about a guy (my colleague) that I talked to and went to the nightclub with. Probably he was jealous. I said we were just friends and he was like OK whatever. We dont talk to each other very often and usually it’s him who initiated the contact first. When he does, he asked me questions like What’s my plan tonight, am I going to the nightclub again, who did i just go out with, why am I not wearing the bracelet that he gave me. My birthday is next month and he said he would give me a present. I dont really get what he is thinking. I am now still improvising myself (buying new clothes, hitting the gym, etc) and keep being active on Facebook (he unfriended me but still look at it for sure. just few weeks ago he logged in into my Facebook account to read my conversation with the guy I mentioned earlier. he asked if that guy is my new boyfriend). Now I am really confused and dont know what to do. I still want him back but all the tactics just don’t work. Please advise. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Actually it seems like you rushed it. See, he’s missing you because you’re being distant. You’re improving and moving on which makes him think that may be you are serious about moving on and he’s asking and investigating if you are really moving on. I think you should just keep doing what you’re doing. The only thing I can add is to make every conversation with him fun. If he talks to you, leave that fun impression and then go do your own thing again.
      He has to think if he doesn’t act, he will lose you.

    2. Lily

      October 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks for the advice Amor ๐Ÿ™‚ After a week of no contact, my ex just texted me today inviting me out for a movie. I was busy today so he said maybe we can go out tomorrow or the day after. I said that’s a good idea. Our conversation stopped there. Few days ago I posted a picture of mine on Facebook which attracted lots of attention from my male friends and colleagues. Should I go out with him? What should I do if I go out with him? (staying friendly and talkative or acting cool?)

    3. Lily

      October 10, 2016 at 6:11 am

      So I went on a date with him yesterday. We watched a movie and had dinner together. I am not sure if it went well. maybe because we havent seen each other for a while (3 months I guess). He grabbed my hand for a few seconds then let go. I was a bit surprised. But I tried not to be too close or excited. He booked a couple seat where there is no barrier in the middle. I initially put my handbag there and only remove it after about 30 minutes (I was thinking he should think that I’m considering him as a friend, and I am easy so he will have to try harder). After the movie, we had dinner together. I dont know how to explain but it was not as fun as I expected. Not like how we used to date in the past. Maybe it’s because we haven’t talked and seen each other for a while so we were both shy. After the date, I texted him asking if he went home safely. He simply said Yes and he is going to bed now. I replied: Good night. dream about the funny wolfs (we saw a movie that has some funny wolfs). He said Yeah you too. So he was cold to me. I haven’t talked to him since then. Did I just lose my chance of getting him back? Should I talk to him or wait until he contacts me? Please help. Thanks Amor ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 10, 2016 at 11:48 am

      sorry for the late reply.. I think it was good and bad at the same time.. good because he asked you out, bad because it was too long for “first” date again.. It became awkward because you’re right, you haven’t seen each other for a long time, and it was too intimate for a first date again.. Just rest texting for a few days and then initiate again.. rest for 3 days to a week..

    5. Lily

      October 14, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Hi Amor,

      Thank you for your reply. I didn’t initiate any contact with him yet. And 2 days ago he called me to ask which Pandora charm I’d like for my birthday. I think I told you that my birthday is this month and he said he would give me a present. I told him it was up to him, just buy it if he thinks it’s nice. Then he said maybe we better go check it out together when we have time. I said it’s a good idea. (My birthday is end of this month. He will be taking his brother to Singapore during that time). Since then we haven’t talked yet. But he is still checking my Facebook page. There is this guy who has a crush on me (but ofc I don’t like him). I think my ex knows this by reading my chat history. I can see from my search history that he used the search tool to find that guy’s profile. He did this so many times before but still doing it after the date. There is also another guy (not the one having a crush on me) who asked me out. we are not dating but just that we have the same taste of music and we go to the night club together sometimes. My ex knows about this as he read my chat history. I told him that me and the other guy are just friends. Do you think hanging out with the other guy will damage my chance of getting back to my ex? And I dont know what my ex is thinking and how can I improve this relationship

    6. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      it can have an effect. It can make him think, so the safe choice would be to go in a group date with your admirers at first. Invite the guy with your friend when you go out.

    7. lily

      December 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Hi again. I hope your team including yourself are doing great over there ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess it’s time that I need your advice again. or at least just someone who I can share these secrets to.
      So he greeted me on my birthday which was about one and a half month ago. we haven’t talked since then. I was surprised a bit as his birthday wish was kinda sweet as he called me “babe” even though we didn’t talk much ever since our break up. he was away to another country during my bday so he said he would buy me a present after he came back. on my bday, he said that he “accidentally” (at least that was what he said) booked two movie tickets using my member account so let’s consider it a “temporary” bday gift (so I went to the cinema with my cousin). I was really happy but tried to keep it cool. After he came back, he didn’t contact me. it was like he totally forgot what he said. So I just let him be and didnt say anything. He constantly logged in into my facebook account but suddenly stopped doing it 2 weeks ago. I decided that I will give him some time to see where things will go before I really move on. But yesterday, when I go into the app for couples which we had been using in the past, I saw his message 2 weeks ago saying that I should delete this app and forget about him, he wasn’t as nice as I thought and just think of him with all the good memories…. It’s winter now so I should dress properly and take care of myself… he hoped that there will be someone who will tell me to dress properly just like he did in the past.
      I have no idea what’s going on in his mind. Was it because I didnt care about him so he wants to have my attention?
      I haven’t replied to that message because I just really dont know what to do. I dont want to make things more complex or diminish my chance of getting him back.
      – What should I say or just simply ignore that message?
      – His birthday is one day after Christmas. Should I send him a birthday greet?

    8. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      did he message you again in any other form of communication after that message?

    9. lily

      December 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      no he didn’t. and he seldom goes online too.

    10. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 19, 2016 at 5:54 am

      that means he really wants you to move on.. greeting him will look like you didn’t read it, and it may make him reiterate to you that you have to move on.. It would be better if you don’t greet him and start being active in improving yourself..show you accept his decision and moving on.. Make him regret through your improvements

  21. Jessica

    September 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    It’s been almost 3 years since me and my ex broke up. We used to go to the same gym until it closed in November 2015. So, for two years it was hard seeing him everyday at the gym because I was, in still am, in love with him. When the gym closed, we went to different gyms and it was the last time I saw him (so almost a year ago). His birthday is coming up in October and I don’t know if it would be okay just to send him a short message. He didn’t say anything for my birthday but I am pretty sure he did remember. I would like to see how things have been going for him. We left in good terms and we are still in each other’s whatsapp, as I can still see his profile pics from time to time. If it’s okay to send a message, what would be the right thing to say. And, will this make him think I still have feelings or it’s just a friendly message??

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 30, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      It depends on what you say but he will probably have that in the back of his mind. You have to check this one:
      The Guide To Getting Him Back After A Year (Or More) Apart

  22. Donna

    September 29, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Hi Amor! I just wanted to let you know that I emailed Chris just a few moments ago. Since my story was a bit long, I knew I couldn’t fit it all within a 60 second voice mail and I didn’t want to risk forgetting any important details. So I hope an email will suffice and he can answer me back soon or at least eventually.
    Thank you for your help ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Ok Donna! I’ll remind him too and I’ll send him this comment to check. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you too!

    2. Donna

      September 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Amor!
      I guess I should also add in that I wrote in the comments in one of Chris’s videos on You Tube, so I pretty much covered the bases lol!
      Also, I don’t think I mentioned this before, but a couple months ago I moved with my family 1,000 miles away from my home town. It’s been a bit of a traumatic experience and year for me. But I have some good news, I just had a job interview this morning. If I get this job, it will definitely help me with getting through the no contact rule. Watching Chris’s videos and reading his articles have given me some hope that I’ve needed. Thanks!

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      That’s good Donna! Thank you too! And have fun in your new job!

  23. Mary

    September 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Amore, I am planning my first contact text and was thinking of saying….I was pulling out my fall decorations and found Dougie spider and it made me think of you. I was also going to include a picture of it . ( it’s a light up spider that I bought when he and I were talking on the phone and he wanted me to name it dougie spider. After him). Do you think that is too much for a first contact or is it a good first contact or should I not include the photo?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Mary,

      that’s ok..just edit one sentence.. instead of made me think of you, make it, “it’s the first time I thought of you after a while” and it’s better to include the photo

    2. Mary

      September 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Ok I will do that. I thought that was not the preferred approach in the book , I guess since its been 45 days with no contact on either side this approach is better so he thinks he’s not on my mind and it will make him think why? With him not contacting me at all either I guess it’s Better to be a little more harsh?

    3. Mary

      October 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I thought Chris said this approach was risky. Why is it risky?

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      HI Mary,

      sorry I’m confused. Which one are you saying the one you suggested or mine?

    5. Maryy

      October 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Yours. He says in the article above that your approach is risky . He says to use made me think of you but there is the other approach that you mention and he says it can be used but is risky. Why would it be risky?

    6. Mary

      October 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Hi again, please respond… I am waiting for your answer before I make my next move…help!

    7. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Ah, it’s risky because it’s a bit emotional.. but I’m leaning more on the thought that he will think you haven’t been thinking about him.. especially since it’s not in a separate text.. it’s like, it’s not going to be a tie in because it’s included in first text

    8. Mary

      October 6, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Ok so final copy….” I was pulling out my fall decorations and found dougie spider…it’s the first time I’ve thought of you in a while. Hope you’re well. ๐Ÿ™‚ “. And of course I’m including the picture of the spider decoration. Approve?

    9. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm


    10. Mary

      October 7, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Amor! Will let you know how it goes!

    11. Mary

      October 8, 2016 at 1:42 am

      So to update I sent my message at about noon today…so far no response….will be patient to see if I get any response. Honestly based on his hot and cold actions I am beginning to wonder if,he is bipolar. ..will let you know if I hear anything.

    12. Mary

      October 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Update 2…it’s been about 24 hours and so far no response. I am very disappointed. I read the blindsided article and I am certainly blindsided! He was great one minute, talking about buying a house together and coming over for the weekend and then out of the blue blasted me via text about all the reasons we are not compatible? We have had no communication since. . Will let you know if anything changes!…not looking good

    13. Mary

      October 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Well it’s been 2 days and no reply. …:-( I’ll wait a couple of weeks and try another text something like the you’ll never believe what happened type of text. Will work on that……

    14. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Ok, if that was first contact text, you should only wait a week.. and then initiate again.. if it’s your second attempt, then yes, you should wait two weeks.

  24. Amber

    September 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for your time Amor, I really appreciate your advice. You’re right I’m willing to make a huge change in my life just for him. That’s the only reason why I’ve stayed, all my friends have recommended that I leave but I refuse to because of him. If I leave it will be because I found a better job not because I ran like a coward. What I failed to mention was that in the process of all this happening, I lost a good friend, almost lost my job and god knows what my family would of thought of me had that woman made this any bigger. It’s unfortunate to see how he reacts under pressure. Maybe it’s been your words or maybe it’s the time that has passed but I feel more calm. It’s good to know that I never gave up and that I gave it my everything. It’s time to move on with my life and if he looks for me fine and if he doesn’t fine. Thank you, you’ve helped more than you’ll ever know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 30, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Aww.. Thank you too!

  25. Emily

    September 27, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Hi! I enjoyed this article because I felt it really applied to my situation. So it’s been 2 months now since I reconnected with my ex (dated 3.5 yrs) after almost 1.5 yrs of no communication. During this time I’ve moved to another country, found a new job, travelled a lot, made lots of new friends. My ex knows all of this through either mutual friends or fb, but in these 2 months I’ve been texting him, he shows no interest in anything new about me. I can sense from the texts he cares for my wellbeing and wants me to be well, but other than that he doesn’t want to talk about what I’ve achieved in our time apart. When I ask about him, he says his life is pretty much the same as 2-3 yrs ago and really doesn’t give me much to go on. I wonder if he might feel unhappy with his lack of success, like he hasn’t achieved anything while I’ve done so much, and so I shouldn’t flaunt my success to him as it might bruise his self esteem.. or does he simply just doesn’t care about what I’ve done or want to talk about himself because he no longer wants anything to do with me? Even if I talk about everyday things like a new restaurant I’ve tried and think he would like it, or of a shared happy memory, he responds neutrally and makes it difficult for me to follow up. Then I do another 2-3 weeks of NC before I try again, but he’s still reluctant as ever.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Hi Emily,

      That means he’s not interested at all.. I’m just wondering, you said you tried to talk about a new restaurant, what other topics about him and yourself have you initiated? Because in order to build rapport, like with somebody that you don’t know, most of the time, you talk about topics other than yourself and him at first. Most of the time the topics are about other things that you “coincidentally” you both enjoy, and then that makes you and him have more rapport. The other person becomes more interested because you know so much or you’re great about something he’s interested in

    2. Emily

      October 2, 2016 at 5:59 am

      I tried to talk about his hobbies in tennis, he loves to play and when we were dating he really wanted to see a live match and how I managed to win tickets to a live match at Wimbledon. About how I found a pair of old limited sneakers he really wanted in his size on sale. About a video game I used to watch him play that was set in Paris, and that when I was travelling there it reminded me of him. A little about his work, but not so much because he doesnt seem to be happy with that. None of these are getting me any positive reponses despite that these were his major hobbies. What would you recommend I say instead?

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      something more current about news, friends. If he’s still not responsive with that, that means it’s better to move on.

  26. Kendall

    September 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I started texting my ex again after we had spent a while not talking since our breakup. We’ve talked twice and he seems super excited to hear from me and responds very quickly and asks questions to keep up the conversation but doesn’t seem to want to talk much about himself. He turns the focus right back to me every time. I think I’ve come across very cool and collected and laidback so why the hesitancy to share info? When we broke up he told me he had been depressed for a long time and didn’t know what to do, could that be why he doesn’t want to share much?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Hi Kendall,
      It can be and if that was the first text after a long time, that means you’re being too forward. He feels it’s too intimate to share info about himself

  27. Abbey

    September 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Hi, I know you’re probably getting sick of me on this haha. But I just finished my 30 day NC and texted him today. He replied almost instantly (within a minute) and we just talked like we used to for a while. Asking how each other was and stuff and then I said I had to go after around 30 minutes. I’m wondering when do I talk to him again and what do I say?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Abbey,

      Of course not! Just ask anytime! You can send again the next day! Just be sure to end it at high point.

  28. Alicia

    September 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    HI, I did the 30 day no contact and I felt really good through out the entire process. It even got easier as the time went on to not have the urge to reach out to him. The probably is we have unresolved financial issues etc, so when I did make contact I made contact about resolving those things. He suggested we meet at the mall and talked. As suggested in the no contact, I worked on myself and made sure I looked really good, since I hadn’t seen him in a month. We talked for about an hour and 30 minutes. I kept trying to stick to business but he kept bringing up the relationship and what went wrong of course blaming me for everything. Finally I felt myself getting a little emotional because he insisted on bringing up the past, so I wanted to end the conversation. We agreed on the finances, hugged and told him to take care. About an hour later he text said I looked really nice today and good luck on finding what I’ve been looking for. I replied thanks. That was two days ago. I haven’t text him and he hasn’t text me. So I’m not sure what do next. Was his text positive, neutral, negative. What should be my next action steps. Should I try to rebuild attraction. Also that wasn’t really a first meeting or a date and we jumped from texting as suggested to a face to face meeting. I’m just not sure how to proceed. I was going to send another first contact text in a couple of days and see if I get a response. It seems like he wanted to see me right away, but I’m not sure why.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Alicia,

      yeah, it was not a date. It was just a meeting. And yes, you should wait a few days before initiating contact and it was a positive text from him but what did you mean that he wanted to see you right away? When did he seem to convey that? Before the meeting or after?

    2. alicia

      September 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      He text me and ask me if I can meet him tonight for drinks. He didn’t say for what. I didn’t ask. I didn’t know if I should. So I just replied ok.

  29. Amber

    September 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    The first time I tried no contact he called and asked that we meet, and like an idiot I met up with him. He said he just wanted us to be normal at work before he could do anything that his intention was never to end things. After talking we went to the store and shopped and then I dropped him back off by his car and he gave me two hugs. He held me so tight and for so long. After that I asked him now what? He said baby steps. He texted thanking me for seeing him and for the next couple of weeks he’d email or call just to say hi but only at work but then one day he stopped I panicked and after leaving work one day I turned around and came back I asked what was going on? He said we could talk the day after that we could go on a date. But the day after something came up at work and he couldn’t make it (he didn’t lie, we work in the same place and I know It was out of his hands. So he called and apologized and never rescheduled. But I didn’t see him for days and that was when I finally saw him and he waved and I just didn’t wave back. I was tired and just confused. I tried emailing him that day and calling but he didn’t answer so I decided that NC was the next step- for real this time. And here I am today. To answer your question idk if he’s afraid. I don’t know what is going on, maybe he’s moved on. He doesn’t have social media- I do know he went on vacation for a week.
    But other than that I have no way of knowing what is going on. He’s a highly private person. And he loves his job, he’s admired and he’s excellent at what he does. I would look for another job if it were necessary, just to be with him. But I feel like he just doesn’t care because like you pointed out he hasn’t fought for me. But this isn’t a movie this is the real world, do men fight for a girl anymore? I don’t want to be desperate or crazy I need to be rational. It takes all of me to avoid him but I do out of love and respect for him and our work place. Please help me.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 25, 2016 at 8:28 am

      You’re right, this isn’t a move but here you are willing to make a big move just for him when all he just needs to do is talk to hr? I don’t like making your feel bad but it looks like he is protecting himself and his job which is natural but if it’s not illegal then asking the hr is a simple thing to save your relationship or he could have at least talked to you for a solution on how you can both convince the hr.. If he sees the hr is being unfair to you, shouldn’t he be a little protective or helpful with you in navigating her? The more I think about it, the more I don’t want to suggest you trying to get back with him.
      I do still think there is a chance, but don’t get another job just for him when he can’t even make a simple move for you. You’re giving up too much when the guy gave up on you.

      but if you’re getting another job because of the hr, of course that’s ok. When that happens and the circumstances is easier for the both of you, keep in mind what he did when the circumstances weren’t easier.Don’t rush in trying to get him back. If I were you and I’m really wondering if our relationship could work, and if I can still stay at the job, I’ll stay and observe if he’s willing to make it work while being there.

  30. Unsure

    September 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Hi! I am trying to get my ex back after 9 months broken up. I have sent 3 first contact messages over a week and a half. the first 2 got really positive responses, the 2nd time he even asked me how I was and about my horse etc, I did as I should, and ended conversations early etc. Today I sent him a playlist I was listening to, that we both used to enjoy that I thought he may enjoy (nothing romantic or anything), I got a positive response but short, with exclamation marks though, so I replied what I could and said have a great weekend! Have I done anything wrong? should I move up to good memory text messages? Also it is his birthday on tuesday, should I wish him a happy birthday? he is having a night out for his birthday that I know about from mutual friends, should I say I hope he has a great night celebrating? Would really appreciate your advice! Thank you!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Unsure,

      yes, it’s ok to greet him but be more conversational. Like how does it feel or what his plans are being a year older.

    2. Unsure

      September 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Amor,

      Thank you for getting back to me! I messaged him for his birthday and planned to be more conversational as you suggested, also sent a happy birthday gif with the message as I had read in an article from Chris that doing something like that sets you apart. The response I got back however left no room for conversation, he said – “Haha thanks. It would have been very impressive if you did find one to be fair!! Thanks again, I appreciate it! Take care, and I’m sure I’ll see you soon!”. I know it is a positive response but he obviously doesn’t want to talk, I feel like I am wasting my time or doing something wrong? I don’t know how many days to wait to message him again now? Would really appreciate your advice again, thanks so much for everything you do!

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      wait a week before intiating agaib

  31. Katey

    September 23, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Hi, I’m 13 and my ex is 15. I know we are both extremely young. We were dating off and on for a year and a half until our most recent break up (about a month ago). We never hung out but we talked all the time, I was nearly a slave to my phone. One day, he left me a message saying things weren’t working out. We got in a huge fight over social media a few days after we broke up. He called me 2 weeks ago to apologize for being a ‘bitch’. He was being one tho. So, we talked on the phone for a half hour and “parting is such sweet sorrow” *I had to do that. Shakespeare is my hero*
    We haven’t talked since that phone call, but we have the same squad. At last weeks Friday night football game, he walked over to my squad (they designated me leader. LOL) and introduced his girlfriend of one week to us (most likely to make me jealous). That Friday during 6th period, I got a boyfriend. I’ve liked him since I was in 1st grade. He was my first crush. We were like best friends until he started dating my cousin a few years back. We have both liked each other all our lives.
    ANYwayssss….. He didn’t know I was dating my current boyfriend. He was grounded so he didnt go to the football game. As soon as I told one of my friends about my boyfriend my ex walked away without even saying anything to anyone. His girlfriend stayed. After I left *I was still able to see my squad. I went to get some chicken nuggets from the snack bar* I saw my ex half run over to his girlfriend and pull her away from the crowd. They were talking about me. I saw the way my ex looked at me. Like I was some piece of shit he regretted dating. BUT he texted me that night and said he missed me even though he had a girlfriend. What does all this mean? Is his (and/or my) relationship considered a rebound? Why does he keep talking to me, and then stopping all of a sudden?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

      HI Katey,

      I answered your first comment. I’m not sure if you have read it so, I’m going to paste my answer there here but to add to that, yes, it looks like your relationship is a rebound but not his.. Why? because I think it’s just reaction from him because he’s used to you having feelings for him. It’s that sense of ownership and feeling admired. He likes being admired, just like every other human being..

      Hi Katey,

      itโ€™s normal for his age to be fickle minded because most of the time, the actions are based on what they currently feel and his feelings are not stable yet.. he probably said they were still together when he was talking to you because they have just broken up. It hasnโ€™t sinked in yet..

      I think you should focus more in being emotionally independent.. when you get into a relationship in the middle of depression, the relationship becomes more of need.. real love is when youโ€™re alreasy complete and heโ€™s just an addition in your life.. If you lose him, it will still hurt but not to the point that youโ€™ll lose yourself..

      but I actually think youโ€™re handling it well and that youโ€™re just wondering why heโ€™s giving you mixed signals

    2. Katey

      September 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      I’m confused. My relationship is a rebound? I thought his seemed more reboundy(is that a word?) because this girl was from Phoenix Arizona and they started dating on the first day of school. And I will admit that there are some(but very few) things about my current boyfriend that keep me even more interested because my ex did the same types of things. But in sure all relationships are like that at some point. So, maybe this is a rebound relationship but I really like this boy a lot…

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Oh no! I’m sorry. I wasn’t clear. I meant your current relationship is a rebound. Even if you had a crush on him since you were in first grade, if you haven’t really moved on from your latest ex, your current bf is a rebound.

      And even though I don’t think his current gf is a rebound for him, there is still a possibility that she is.

    4. Katey

      September 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Ohhh. Okay, that makes more sense. Thank you, and sorry for the confusion ๐Ÿ™‚

    5. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      No worries! Sorry again and thank you too!

  32. Donna

    September 23, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Wow Chris,
    I really enjoyed reading this article, and I’m fascinated by this “dating yourself” concept by Veronica. I’m going to read more into that for sure!

    I’m going on 20 days on NC with my ex… well, that is if you would call him my ex. We never dated as he already had a wife at the time when we first met. Then the second time we talked, he had his new girlfriend. Needless to say, in the 6 years I’ve known this guy, I’ve always had bad timing. In fact he admitted that to me the last time we met and talked 3 years ago, when I unintentionally told him that I love him (I explained this whole story in a comment in the “Does your exboyfriend even care about you?” article). I would really like to know your insight about my situation. Amor answered me, but I would really like a male’s perspective on this. I could repost my story here if you would prefer.

    Thank you!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 23, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I’ll forward your story but I can’t guarantee that he can reply immediately.. You can try sending in a voice mail too if you want

    2. Donna

      September 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you Amor, I really appreciate that! It’s no hurry, an eventual response would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll try a voice mail if no response within a week or 2. Thanks again!

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      You’re welcome!

  33. Amber

    September 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    What if you work with him but your breakup was caused by HR getting involved? Long story short- she basically tore us apart. Is there any way I should or could break NC? It’s been over six weeks since I spoke to him. We were on good terms but I just couldn’t deal with only interacting with him at work and one day I just didn’t respond to his wave and he got mad and never contacted me again (he only did so at work). I’ve noticed he doesn’t come upstairs anymore, our workplace is only about 100 people. Does he hate me? He’s 11 years older than me I’m 27. He’s divorced and has a daughter. I love him and even he stated that he and I never fought when we were together. We were together for four months. Also I’ve been working on myself, I lost 7 pounds, got a haircut, new wardrobe and am picking up yoga this weekend. It might seem bizarre but he’s my first real love, I’m fairly introverted and had always dreamt of meeting a man I could communicate well with and who just got me, he always did. While I’m not ready to date, I need some kind of neutral view on this because I have to move on with my life. I can’t continue to dwell on this anymore I love him too much and I want his happiness, even if it excludes me. Is he over me?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Amber,

      what did you mean that hr caused it? Is it because they don’t allow intimate relationships within co workers? If yes, then it’s not really the hr, it’s your circumstance. No matter who the hr is, the problem is still there. If it’s not really allowed then somebody has to get another job

    2. Amber

      September 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you for your response Amor, HR simply came after me. It sounds bizarre but the woman doesn’t like me. She found out and came after us with a long knife. The company policy says that only supervisors who directly or indirectly deal with an employee can’t date. But we’re both in different departments. And in his own department they just hired one of the guys fiancรฉe. I don’t know what to do, I love him but I’m afraid to break NC. Today was the first time we’ve spoken in six weeks, he walked past me and I gave him a polite smile, he said good morning. I said it back. I bought the book and I’ve worked on myself. I just don’t know what to do from here? I love him so much.

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      EBR Team Member: Amor

      September 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      If that’s the case why didn’t he help with the situation? Why didn’t he fight for you? Was he afraid?