By Chris Seiter

Updated on May 4th, 2021

One of the most frequent reasons for women to seek out Ex-Boyfriend Recovery is the Long-Distance Relationship, sometimes called the LDR for short.

I know from experience that LDR’s are really tough, they take a lot of effort and maintenance to make them work when compared to dating someone nearby. When a long distance relationship ends, it can seem so final, just how can you win someone back when you can’t see them?

A regular concern for people in LDR breakups is their ex-boyfriend’s new rebound relationship…… also known as the other woman!

If he is in a rebound then this very common but you are probably still asking yourself the following questions: –

How can he move on so quickly?

Did I mean nothing to him?

How come she is better than me?

Do I still have a chance?

To help you get through your difficult situation, this article is going to focus on the reasons for the breakup, the challenges you are facing and how you can deal with them to ensure you get your ex-boyfriend back.

Your challenges

  1. New girlfriend
  2. Logistics
  3. Building rapport

Overcoming challenges

  • No contact
  • Being there…. Almost
  • Supercharged Ungettable Girl
  • Sphere of influence

You have only just split up with your ex-boyfriend but he is already dating someone else, perhaps he is casually seeing other people; either way I am guessing you feel the situation seems pretty hopeless right now.
Well, that’s not always the case.

Before we start talking about the big challenges, lets talks about why you broke up first.

There are two possible reasons your ex is dating someone new already.
They were cheating on you
Instant rebound relationship

The unusual part about both cases is that they are actually caused by the same problem, which is that your boyfriend broke up with you because he had a case of what we call the Grass Is Greener Syndrome.

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The Grass Is Greener Syndrome

So what exactly is the Grass Is Greener Syndrome?

This is when your ex-boyfriend looks at your relationship and starts to feel that there are potentially better options available to him if he were to break up with you. This is nearly always the cause of breakups for Long-Distance Relationships.

I know…….

You’re probably thinking that I am wrong and that the reason for your breakup was the distance, but I am going to show you why things are a little different.
Imagine this….

When you first started dating your ex-boyfriend, you both thought everything was perfect and at the time you felt the distance wasn’t so bad and the situation was manageable.
Things seemed great so you carried on seeing each other and then the relationship got more serious as time went by. After a while you began to miss each other more and more and so a little jealousy crept in and maybe the odd little argument.

Soon you started noticing each other’s little flaws and annoying habits and the relationship seemed to get harder and harder.
It’s at this point your ex-boyfriend stops and reflects……… In that moment he believes that the relationship is not enjoyable enough to suffer the hardship of the distance.

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He then begins to look around and consider if he could meet someone as good as you but closer to where he lives.

You see LDR breakups boil down to a very simple concept…..

Enjoyment vs Hardship

When the level of enjoyment is perceived to be greater than the hardship of being apart, the relationship continues, when that is not the case….

That is when you breakup.

But we all know that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and when your ex figures that out he will start to miss you.

Your Challenges

When trying to win your ex back from someone else after a long distance breakup, you are going to face a unique set of challenges which I am going to talk you through.

The New Girlfriend

As with all rebound girlfriends, her presence in your ex-boyfriend’s life serves several purposes: –

  • Hides the loneliness he feels without you.
  • Helps him feel desirable again
  • Distracts him from the hurt and anger
  • Sex

When your ex has someone new on the scene, this obviously is going to make things more difficult for you in terms of winning him back but the fact that they have rushed into a rebound relationship really shows how hard they are taking the breakup.

Naturally you feel you want her out of the picture so you can get back together with your ex-boyfriend, but for now the best option is to just be patient.

Your ex’s new relationship with the rebound girl might seem to be perfect when you see pictures of them together on social media, but it is worthwhile remembering that what you are seeing is a carefully crafted highlight reel of their time together.

Rebounds, especially when they occur within weeks of a breakup, tend not to be serious relationships because people aren’t mentally ready to date that quickly. In fact, it is very likely that your ex is enjoying the relationship purely because of the level of attention he is getting after the breakup.
It could even be that your ex is dating someone new to make you jealous and show you what you are missing out on, it sounds weird but it really does happen a lot.

If your ex never used to use Facebook much and is suddenly posting lots of pictures professing his love for a new girl, then it is very possible that he is doing this to make you jealous.
The other thing about the being a rebound girlfriend is that you are endlessly compared with the ex and never quite find yourself matching up.

Every moment your ex-boyfriend spends with the new girl will be benchmarked against what he thinks of you and the more he tries to suppress the feelings he has for you, it actually has the opposite effect and makes him miss you more.

The key thing to remember is that their relationship isn’t perfect and doesn’t have the history that yours does. The fact that your ex-boyfriend is missing you and comparing his new girl-friend to you will cause huge instability in their new relationship which will eventually cause it to fizzle out.


As someone who has been in a long distance relationship I can say with a high level of certainty that logistics are going to be a key factor in winning your ex back.


Because without time and money to go and visit your ex, all the texting in the world will not draw you back together again.

To have a successful long distance relationship you need to be able to find ways to spend time together as often as possible because being apart means :-

  • No dates
  • No hugs
  • No sex
  • No watching tv together on the sofa
  • No breakfast in bed

All these things add up to make a relationship enjoyable. An LDR can only work if you can find ways to spend time together to ensure you can inject those coupley activities into your relationship wherever possible.

LDRs fail where that hasn’t happened and people slowly drift apart and become chatting pen-pals.

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Emotional Distance

This one is probably the saddest part of the three and is symptomatic of most LDRs.

So what is Emotional Distance?

This is when a couple begins drift apart because they do not have the emotional or physical connection they used to have at the beginning of a relationship.

The reason this happens so often in long distance relationships is that so much of how we build relationships, connect and communicate with each other is physical, things like body language reinforce how we are affectionate to each other and so without a physical presence couples drift apart.

The other reason LDRs suffer from emotional distance is that people often forget to make time to call or text their partners.

Other day to day activities get in the way and the relationship becomes a lower priority, you stop sharing your life as freely with your partner and telling them about your life and this causes you to drift apart.

When trying to win your ex-boyfriend back you are going to have to always find ways to connect verbally and visually wherever possible and once you get him back you are going to have keep the momentum going via texts, calls, skype etc if you are to overcome the problem of emotional distance.

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Overcoming the challenges

Now you understand your three biggest challenges let’s talk about how you can get around those obstacles even if you are hundreds or thousands of miles away from your ex-boyfriend.

No Contact

No contact, no contact, no contact……
Possibly the most important step in all scenarios to winning your ex back.

There are several reasons why

  • Gives you time to get your head together
  • Gives you time to work on yourself
  • Gives him time to get over any anger he has towards you
  • Gives him time to miss you

I feel that the last one is worth giving extra explanation here because I know many of you might feel you need to act immediately if your LDR ex has a new girlfriend.

If you were in a long distance relationship with your ex-boyfriend then he is going to be used to not having you around. That’s not to say he won’t miss you at all, just that it’s going to be a bit easier for him than in a normal breakup scenario.

Your ex will still miss you because you spoke every day and not hearing from you is going to break his routine but the effects will take longer to kick in.

By having a no-contact period of round a month, you will give your ex time to miss you, it’s important that you do this because he can’t miss you when you are texting him all the time!
As your ex-boyfriend is used to missing you, your no contact period has to be twice as disciplined than someone in an ordinary breakup situation.

If you can religiously stick to your no-contact period and not break it first time around this is going to have the most amount of impact on your ex-boyfriend.

The Being There Method

This is something I recommend for all women trying to get their ex back when they are currently seeing someone else. All you need to do here is keep reminding your ex you still exist so they don’t get over you.

Right now you are probably thinking “How can I practice being there when I can’t actually be there?”

Actually it’s not as difficult as you may think, especially with all the amazing digital tools and technologies we have available to us.

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A hundred years ago, you would have been stuck with writing letters or some kind of morse-code but now there is Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, texts, phone calls, skype, messaging apps, emails, car hire, cheap air travel, and I am still holding out hope that hover boards will soon become a real mode of transport!

Practicing the Being There Method in a long distance situation is going to involve a huge amount of social media interaction.

If you are still friends with your ex-boyfriend you can keep posting pictures of yourself having an amazing time and looking fantastic after the breakup. Remember he is going to compare his new girlfriend to you so anything you can do to look like the better option is going to work in your favour especially when he checks up on you via Facebook.

You can also use text messages and emails with your ex in the being there method to stay fresh in your ex-boyfriends mind.

The only difference is that when you are texting your ex that you will want to remain friendly rather than flirtatious.

By practicing the Being There Method, you are going to rebuild rapport and connection with your ex and this is going to help to close that Emotional Distance we talked about earlier whilst also preventing your ex from fully moving on mentally from your relationship and creating something new with his rebound girl.

The key to the Being There Method is not to actively breakup your ex and his new girlfriend but to remain relevant to his life and present in his mind for when they breakup naturally after the relationship fizzles out.

A fantastic way to “Be There” via social media is to create a new memory with your ex!….

WHAT… How is that possible?!!?!!…… ok here is how it works.

The human brain is a funny thing and the way it stores memories is very strange, it bundles all your thoughts and experiences into a giant bucket.

All thoughts, perceptions, reason, ideas and experiences are all associated with each other and link together to make memories and each one has the ability to shift how we remember something; this is called the Principle of Association.

Over time the way your brain remembers things can change, facts and details can alter but the essence of a story remains the same this is because the brain cannot separate memory from imagination.

Have you ever woke up from a dream so vivid that it seemed real?

This is a perfect example of how your brain can not separate reality from imagination.

So how can you use this to your advantage?

Easy, you can use your ex’s blurred boundaries of reality and imagination to get him inserting himself into your life.

You can do this by taking photo’s of yourself doing stuff with people that he could easily associate himself with, in doing so he will imagine himself in the picture.

He will mentally swap someone else out of the picture and put himself in there instead.

For example, if your ex is a policeman, maybe you have your picture taken on a tourist day out next to a group of friendly police officers all smiling.

When your ex sees that photo, he will subconsciously associate himself with the uniforms and then mentally insert himself into that picture and imagine being in that photograph spending the day out with you….

That’s a crazy concept right!

When you are applying this technique, you are trying to find ways to link someone in the picture to your ex’s life, maybe they have the same car, or maybe you are in his old neighbourhood when the picture is being taken. What you are not looking to do is find men who look like your ex facially; you want to find someone who maybe has the same jacket or wears the same uniform to work or something like that.

If you can find opportunities to take photographs like this, it is a fantastic tool to use to actually create new memories of time spent together from the other side of the country or the opposite side of the world even when your ex isn’t with you just by using his imagination!

This is the perfect accompaniment to the Being There Method as it is subtle and also non-invasive to his current relationship and gives you ways for him to imagine you are physically present even though you are far away.

You could use this with all kinds of ideas, maybe he plays basketball and you have a photo taken with a local team or maybe he is into his church community etc. The key thing to remember is that these are not jealousy photos so no pictures with just one guy, you are trying to create happy feeling together not make him feel sick with jealousy.

Supercharge your Ungettable Girl

Remember earlier on when I mentioned that his new rebound girl will constantly be compared to you… well this is going to work in your favour!
As with all Ex-boyfriend recovery situations you are going to undertake some self-improvement to become the Ungettable Girl, but this time it is for two reasons.

  1. Make your ex regret breaking up with you
  2. Logistics

How is becoming a supercharged Ungettable Girl going to help you with both of those areas?

Well the Ungettable Girl is the ultimate cool girl who has all her life in order, she is attractive, successful and popular! Looking at it that way, it is easy to see why your ex-boyfriend would regret breaking up with an Ungettable Girl for a rebound!

You see the Ungettable Girl follows a Holy Trinity lifestyle…

She focuses on her health, her wealth and her relationships with all people, these are the three pillars of the Holy Trinity; in doing so she becomes more attractive, more successful and more popular.

You need to show your ex-boyfriend in everyway possible that you are handling the breakup well, that your life is moving on and getting better and better everyday without him.

You should post regular updates to Facebook and Instagram for him to see with lots of pictures showing him your new amazing and fantastic life.

In a normal breakup situation I think your ex would start to regret breaking up with you if you made a 15-20% improvement on yourself.

However if we bare in mind the added difficulty level of your relationship, plus the fact he won’t be around to see your improvements you are going to have to supercharge your efforts and try and improve 25-30% to seem like a better option than his current rebound girlfriend.

When you think of the pillars of the Holy Trinity, the one that springs forward as being super important in the LDR breakup is wealth.

One of the key challenges you need to overcome in the LDR situation is logistics and that means having enough spare time and spare cash to visit each other.

Really focus your mind on finding ways to raise extra money and free up spare time. This is going to be a challenge because working longer hours means more money but equally means less free time!

Taking on additional work that can be undertaken at any location with minimal extra time input is key. An example of how you could earn more but with minimal hours might be to start your own e-bay shop or to make money doing something you already do as a hobby like teaching yoga.

Spend time inventing ways to expand your wealth and success so you can ultimately spend more time together once the relationship with the rebound is over. The more spare time and spare cash you have the more time your can potentially spend together. It is also worthwhile considering how he could get more spare time too as that will also be a challenge you will have to overcome as a couple when you get to it.

Sphere of Influence

The last way you can remain present and relevant in your ex-boyfriend’s life from a distance is to access his Sphere of Influence to help shape his decision making when considering getting back together.

Your ex-boyfriends Sphere of Influence is made up of the people who he is closest to in life.

As you can see from the diagram, the closer to your ex-boyfriend someone is, the stronger the level of influence that person has over his decision making.

Using your ex-boyfriends Sphere of Influence is an extension of the Being There Method, as you are going to use your ex-boyfriends friends and family to remind him how great you are.

Just like your ex-boyfriend, his friends and family are going to constantly compare the rebound to you and remind your ex-boyfriend how great you are and what he is missing out on.

A good way to use his sphere of influence is to find reasons to visit his city whilst you are broken up. 
If you share mutual friends with your ex, I want you to plan to go and visit them. Take photos and check in on social media. You are going to do this for several reasons.

  • To show you are happy
  • To ensure his friends compare you favorably against the rebound
  • To show that your relationship is feasible as you can travel to his city

Staying friends with his friends and family is a fantastic way to remain in his social sphere so he doesn’t forget you whilst in his rebound relationship. You can tag his friends in social media posts and have pictures taken with them, this will help you remain in his news feed even if you are blocked on Social Media.

Just remember when you are using the Sphere of Influence to remain positive and upbeat around them. You want to avoid seeming like you are upset or struggling with the breakup….. the less you appear to care, the more attractive you will seem to your ex!


Today’s article should have given you an overview of how you should approach winning your ex back from someone else in a Long Distance Relationship.

We have talked about the Grass is Greener Syndrome and the rebound girl and how important logistics are in your efforts to win your ex-boyfriend back.

Winning an ex-boyfriend back in your situation is possible if you practice the Being There Method to remain in your ex’s life in a non-threatening and friendly way. Work on your self-improvement during your No Contact period and really focus on enhancing your wealth so you have spare money to spend on travel.
Finally try to use the Sphere of Influence to remind your ex that you are an amazing woman, and convince him that the breakup was a bad idea.

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42 thoughts on “My Long Distance Ex Boyfriend Is In A Rebound Relationship (How Do I Get Him Back?)”

  1. Lee

    June 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I broke up with my ex May 3rd we lasted 17th months he blocked me all over the social media account and applied the NC but i didn’t get any msg and I don’t know the exact date when he was in relationship with his new girlfriend i saw it May 30th i think so. It’s been less than a month he got new.. This June will be his birthday so should I greet him or not?

    1. EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      June 7, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Lee, no you should not reach out for birthdays

  2. Kate S

    January 10, 2020 at 1:24 am

    We was together for 4y. Mostly LDR but for last months almost full time together. He supposed to move to my country in 3 weeks but called me that he is not mentalny ready and it will be too hard for him and also he want a break for focus on him and to be able to deal with his demons. I started NC. I found out that he secretly is having sexual relation with somebody from work (started just on time our breakup). It’s almost 4weeks of NC, he didn’t reached out. He is checking my Instagram. I made great work on myself – losing weight, going lot of out, working out a lot. Should I continue to wait for him to reach out? Should I contact him casually to show i am over this and doing great? Please help.

    1. EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      January 13, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Hey Kate, so if it has been more than 30 days of NC then you need to reach out to your ex with a text that Chris suggest, and you also need to read about the Being There Method too so that you know how to handle the fact that there is someone else, even though they are only sleeping together.

  3. Rebecca Lee

    January 7, 2020 at 8:45 am

    I had a long distance relationship with my boyfriend for a little over two years. He broke up with me last November and we haven’t had any contact in any way. However, yesterday he sent me a follow request on Instagram but then cancelled an hour later and blocked my Instagram. Every other social media is not blocked but none of us have initiated contact until yesterday. However, today I saw a tagged post of his friends that had a video of him and another girl kissing for the New Years. I feel devastated and I don’t know what to do now. I’m not close with any of his friends and I barely talk to one of them but I have been trying to post as much as possible on both my Instagram and my Facebook. Tomorrow is his birthday and I was planning on sending him a message and initiate contact but I’m unsure now and I don’t know what to feel. What should I do now?

    1. EBR Team Member: Shaunna

      January 14, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Rebecca, so in this program you do on reach on their birthdays, but it can be not long after if you have reached your 45 day of No Contact

  4. Wiki

    February 21, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Hey, I’d like to update my previous comment a little, so the girl he’s interested in is in his class so he sees her every day. I texted him a little, it was fun and mostly going well and on Sunday he got jealous. He kept asking why I stayed up late and when I told him that it was because I was texting with a friend, he asked more about whether it was my crush or someone I’m into, I’ve said that it was just a friend. Should I tell him if there’s someone I’m interested in next time he starts asking? (i’m thinking about going out on a date) I’m trying to stay around positive people and just have fun, so far it’s working well, I’m also posting pictures over my snapchat everyday (parties, friends meetings). Please let me know if there’s something more i could do 🙂

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      February 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Don’t say it straight like that.. Be coy about it. Like,

      not really, he has to do more magic tricks to get me interested..I’m hard to please you know 🙂

  5. Wiki

    February 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    So me and my boyfriend (ldr) were on and off for a while. I broke up with him around a month ago, ever since then he had begged me to take him back and said that he’ll change things. At first i let him down and went nc but after couple of weeks i started slightly flirting with him, we talked only sometimes, i still didn’t trust him much. Last weekend he texted me that it’s hard for him to be friends with me because he still cares a lot, so he’s jealous and has feelings for me, that’s why he was distant when i tried to initiate friendship(i asked him). However yesterday he told me that there’s someone, since around a week, and things are looking pretty serious (that they’re not dating officially yet but soon will be), that he had moved on and is not jealous anymore. I initiated contact today and tried to build rappor and it went rather well, i told him about my feelings that ” i tried to let him back into my life slowly and i made some slight moves towards him, and that the mixed signals i gave him were because i was scared or reentering relationship and i’m sorry if he took it as me not wanting him in my life, that i know i hurt him and take full responsibility for it. but”. I’m constantly “being there”, he seemed to still be hurt from the breakup but tried not to show it, i told him thatl i still want at least the friendship and he said that he doesn’t know, at first he said that it’s because he doesn’t see it working out and then he said that he’d like to try but that girl might not like it, then he said something about me maybe hurting from the relationship. He repeated that he missed me too and i should have treated him better and then things would have looked differently and that he wants to be finally happy.

  6. Mila

    January 10, 2018 at 12:44 am

    My ex boyfriend came back last year but he won’t commit 2 weeks ago I caught him cheating in me with his bestfirnd ex gf through chat he said he’s falling in love with her what should I do? I cut him off coz I can’t believe that he will do this to me.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      January 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm

  7. Ana

    December 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    But what if I was the rebound relationship? 🙁 what if he used me to forget about the other girl?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 28, 2017 at 1:13 am

  8. Ana

    December 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Chris. So I met this guy online 8 months ago. At the beginning we were only friends but it became really romantic; somehow it turned out to be a not official long distance relationship . He used talk about the future together, he used to talk about his family and friends. We had a lot of intimacy. One day his ex showed up again (who used to ignore him), she was not really his ex, but it was serious between them. He said he’s getting old (he’s 30 I’m
    21) and he needs a stable relationship. He didn’t block me or anything, we are still in touch, I’m always the one who text first tho. I like him so much, I miss the way things used to be, the late conversations on skype etc. We never met in person, but we had plans. How can I have him back? I tried the no contact rule but for me is hard not to text him. I even think he will forget about me with the NCR. I know that my chances are low but if I have 1% chance I will try to get him back.
    Update: for the first time since ‘’we broke up’’ he started to ignore me, opening my messages and now replyig. Should I worry about that?
    Thank you so much!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      December 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Hi Ana,

      Check this one:
      Will My Ex Forget Me If I Do No Contact

  9. Kelly

    October 10, 2017 at 8:46 am


    He is in the State and i am in Asia.
    He dumped me twice.
    We broke up few month ago at the first time. After two weeks he apologize and wanted me to be together again. And we had talked about our relationship every day and planned to get married next year. so I went to the Usa last month to see him. Everything seems to be okay. I trusted him

    But like two weeks ago I noticed he has changed. didn’t text or call me and just said he is so busy.
    I was asking him and he said he doesn’t feel like we aren’t be together anymore. He wants to focus on his career and another things. But still wants to keep in touch and stay close with me and might back to me again… he loves being with me in his life. but the distance is problem and he doesn’t want me to move there without knowing for sure and not sure if we are the right one for us. He suddenly changed…..

    He did the same thing when we broke up at first time. He said we are like friends. He likes me as a person and a friend.

    I still don’t understand… I know it is just excuse and he donut’s wanna be a bad guy that’s why he is just saying? or he doesn’t want to waste time but can’t let me go?

    But I still have feeling for him and I trusted him so much and it hurts me twice.
    I am trying to have NC rules.. but not sure if NC rules works or not…
    I need your help. Thanks

    1. Kelly

      October 12, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Okay I will try:) Thank you so much!

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      You’re welcome!

    3. Kelly

      October 11, 2017 at 2:26 am

      I read it. Do you think it works even in LDR?

    4. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

      there’s a chance that it would.. so, try it.. 🙂

    5. EBR Team Member: Amor

      October 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  10. Kay

    August 28, 2017 at 4:59 am

    My ldr ex has recently started some kind of relationship with another woman. I’m not sure if they’re actually dating but she’s a mutual and has posted a pic of them on social media. It’s been over a month since we broke up, and over a week since I initiated first contact (no response from him). The first picture of them together happened a few days after first contact. I’m not sure if this is a rebound, a ploy at getting me jealous, him giving me the middle finger, or something else entirely. Help, please?

    1. Kay

      August 29, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Yes, I can be confident in saying that I have been busy. I used the 45-day no contact duration and I did a lot during that time, and I’ve been applying some of the things on this site. I’m just really confused at a lot of the things my ex has been doing lately because they’re all out of character for him.

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      August 28, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      HI Kay,

      she’s probably a rebound.. focusing on them is not going to help you.. have you done the no contact rule and how active are you in improving yourself?

  11. Demi

    July 25, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    About ‘being there’ , any suggestions how to accomplish that if neither really uses social media? We both use Facebook, but I post something about once a year, he even less, and he does not scroll through his feed. I don’t believe he uses any other platform and neither do I.

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      You have to be active now..because your chance is once he gets curious, he has to see your posts and get more curious and would want to see more because of your currenr posts

  12. Sam

    July 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    We have broken up for 3 weeks. And he after breaking up with me, turned back chat with the girl who likes him for very long time. They talk everyday and this girl is very clever. She knows when to hot when to cold. I feel like i am disadvantagous over her a lot. I feel lost right now. What should i do?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 18, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Sam,

      check this one:
      The Ungettable Girl

  13. Annie

    July 14, 2017 at 4:57 am

    WOW how did I not see this article before?! I thought some of the more recent articles were so relevant to me, but WOW. This is 100% how my recent breakup went down. He definitely had the grass is greener thought in his mind. He said even though I’m a catch, successful, pretty etc, he thinks there are better options for both of us due to the distance. Honestly I know by now he is a commitment phobe. We we were together for years before LDR (started 6 months ago) and he always had some excuse to not fully commit, whether it was LDR or not. I’m starting to think this is just one of his phases of pulling away from me. Being a commitment phobe I really think any rebound he has will fail, he’ll be overwhelmed by dating someone who lives in his city who he has to commit so much more time to. Also I know he ideally wants to move back to our hometown in a year or two anyway as long as a better job opportunity comes up. He only moved for a job and wasn’t thrilled to be moving to this new place that’s not as desirable as our hometown. This article is SO insightful it’s like you read my ex’s mind. Thank you Chris!!!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Yes, you should initiate and then continue improving yourself and in posting while slowly building rapport..

  14. Nicole

    July 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I was seeing this man for 6 months. Our girls bicker we seen each other 3 times. It was a ldr. We videoed and talked throughout most of the day. His actions said a different story than his words. We had just spent a nice 3 day weekend together. He below me a kiss on the video and ended it the next day. He said he saw no future because our kids fought. He said he still cared about me and likes me. Is he sincere has no feelings for me?

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      What do you mean he says another thing and acts another? What does his actions show?

  15. Hannah

    July 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Hi Amor, that’s great.. thanks!

    1. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 6, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      You’re welcome!

  16. Key

    July 5, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I am confused by what HANNAH just posted.
    I had a LDR with my ex boyfriend for 4 years. Unfortunately we only saw once for a week 2 years ago (we both had the resources “wealth” but I was afraid to talk to my parents to be able to visit him… it was a cultural thing).
    My ex broke un with me because he got tired of waiting. His decisión gave me the courage I needed and i talked to my parents who rejected my former relationship. However, days later they reconsider things and told me they could make an effort to understand it. I told my ex about it, i told him i was now able to visit him but he didnt want to.
    He started another LDR a week after he broke up with me. It’s been 3 months now since the break up. He already met the new person in perdón. He erased me from Facebook. We don’t have friends in common. He is older than me. The only thing I can do is to write him emails. Today I sent him an email, after a month of no contact. It was a letter of accountability where I basically told him I accepted the breakup and explained what I’ve learned and that I am thankful for what it taught me.
    I cannot post photos on social media because he won’t see them, I dont have a sphere of influence…
    It seems like my cause is lost… The only thing I can do is “Being there” (via email) but what if he sees me as a “sure thing” a plan-B and gives him confidence to pursue the new person for a longer period of time?
    🙁 i hope you can give me your advice Chris or Amor or someone in your team. Please, I beg you.
    If based on your experince it’s all over, please tell me :'(
    Thank you very much

    1. Key

      July 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you Amor.
      He just changed his profile photo in his email and he is with the new woman…
      It’s been 3 months since he met her on the internet, they already met in person… does it seem a rebound to you? 🙁 not not me.

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      The longer the relationship goes, the less likely it is a rebound

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      you should have been active in posting and just made the posts public because there’s a high chance he would be curious and then check your account.. if you want do one last proper nc, at least 45 days and then send a proper initial contact after

  17. Hannah

    July 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Hi Chris,
    I read this post with much interest, but I have a question. Your “being there” theory is the opposite of a reverse psychology theory I found on another forum, which to me actually sounded very logical. I’m wondering how you think about this. This is what they wrote:
    “Reverse psychology and the “Rebound” relationship:
    I have a theory that if the dumpee remains in the picture, the rebound will become a successful relationship; while if the dumpee leaves, the dumper is more likely to become newly attracted to the missing dumpee, and return.

    To elaborate….
    From reading about some situations it seems to me that a dumper’s “rebound” relationship is more likely to last if the dumpee remains in the picture in some capacity, whether as a friend or as the ex trying to “win back” the dumper. I feel like this gives the dumper control over the dumpee, knowing that he/she is a sure thing, which therefore decreases the dumper’s attraction to the dumpee. The dumper can then freely pursue this new person, while knowing that (just in case) the ex is waiting on the sidelines. I’ve even read about some of these “rebound” relationships leading to engagement and marriage when the dumpee is still in contact.

    It seems that the more often a dumpee wins back the dumper is by exiting the picture completely while the dumper pursues this new person. I think it gives the dumper a chance to realize that the “sure thing” they had (due to his/her initial attempts to reconcile and get back together) is gone and that once the excitement of the new person wears off, they miss their ex.

    It’s a matter of reverse psychology – we always want what we think we can’t have. And we don’t miss what we have until it’s gone.

    Chris, I’m really curious what you think about this! Thanks 😉

    1. Annie

      July 14, 2017 at 5:09 am

      Wow great point! For this reason it might be best to only use social media posts for the “Being There” method rather than direct communication with your ex, I guess? But the no-contact rule is only for 30 days even for LDR situations like this. Hmm. I have had the same thought, I’m in the same situation. If I get back in touch after 30 days doesn’t that make him feel he hasn’t had time to see if the grass is really greener yet? And also as you say it will make him think I’m still an option / back-up plan and therefore not too “ungettable”. It’s tough but sometimes I think the only way my ex will come back is when he finally sees on his own that the grass is not greener but I think that will take him at least a year or two? >_<

    2. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Yes, you should initiate and then continue improving yourself and in posting while slowly building rapport..

    3. EBR Team Member: Amor

      July 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Hannah,
      I’ll forward this to Chris. 🙂