Ask A Guy: When He’s Still In Touch With His Ex
It was perfectly innocent. I needed to learn to trust my own instincts — to trust that I would know something was wrong if my relationship was bad, not because I felt jealous or uncomfortable about a relationship she had. I last texted him at the end of January to ask for some of my things back. In fact, the smarter you are, the more clueless you will be, and the more problems you're going to have in your dating life.
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You were faced with two choices after your breakup with your ex boyfriend:. Not to mention she lives miles away. There is, however, an unwritten rule in the internet dating world that it is acceptable to ignore mail from people who don't interest you. They have 5 years of history, on-off. Each person is different. Because of the uncertainty of the whole situation, the desire to be acceptable to the other person, and the possibility of rejection, dating can be very stressful for all parties involved.
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Sex drive Dear Coleen: With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person. Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other. These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations. This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries. From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology , dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
As humans societies have evolved from hunter-gatherers into civilized societies , there have been substantial changes in relations between men and women, with perhaps one of a few remaining biological constants being that both adult women and men must have sexual intercourse for human procreation to happen.
Humans have been compared to other species in terms of sexual behavior. Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky constructed a reproductive spectrum with opposite poles being tournament species , in which males compete fiercely for reproductive privileges with females, and pair bond arrangements, in which a male and female will bond for life. However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.
In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate. Thus, the concept of marriage is changing widely in many countries. Historically, marriages in most societies were arranged by parents and older relatives with the goal not being love but legacy and "economic stability and political alliances", according to anthropologists.
While pair-bonds of varying forms were recognized by most societies as acceptable social arrangements, marriage was reserved for heterosexual pairings and had a transactional nature, where wives were in many cases a form of property being exchanged between father and husband, and who would have to serve the function of reproduction. Communities exerted pressure on people to form pair-bonds in places such as Europe ; in China , society "demanded people get married before having a sexual relationship"  and many societies found that some formally recognized bond between a man and a woman was the best way of rearing and educating children as well as helping to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings regarding competition for mates.
Generally, during much of recorded history of humans in civilization, and into the Middle Ages in Europe , weddings were seen as business arrangements between families, while romance was something that happened outside of marriage discreetly, such as covert meetings.
From about a worldwide movement perhaps described as the "empowerment of the individual" took hold, leading towards greater emancipation of women and equality of individuals.
Men and women became more equal politically, financially, and socially in many nations. Women eventually won the right to vote in many countries and own property and receive equal treatment by the law , and these changes had profound impacts on the relationships between men and women.
In many societies, individuals could decide—on their own—whether they should marry, whom they should marry, and when they should marry. A few centuries ago, dating was sometimes described as a "courtship ritual where young women entertained gentleman callers, usually in the home, under the watchful eye of a chaperone ,"  but increasingly, in many Western countries, it became a self-initiated activity with two young people going out as a couple in public together.
Still, dating varies considerably by nation, custom, religious upbringing, technology, and social class, and important exceptions with regards to individual freedoms remain as many countries today still practice arranged marriages, request dowries, and forbid same-sex pairings.
Although in many countries, movies, meals, and meeting in coffeehouses and other places is now popular, as are advice books suggesting various strategies for men and women,  in other parts of the world, such as in South Asia and many parts of the Middle East, being alone in public as a couple with another person is not only frowned upon but can even lead to either person being socially ostracized.
In the twentieth century, dating was sometimes seen as a precursor to marriage but it could also be considered as an end-in-itself, that is, an informal social activity akin to friendship. It generally happened in that portion of a person's life before the age of marriage,  but as marriage became less permanent with the advent of divorce , dating could happen at other times in peoples lives as well.
People became more mobile. Cars extended the range of dating as well as enabled back-seat sexual exploration. In the mid-twentieth century, the advent of birth control as well as safer procedures for abortion changed the equation considerably, and there was less pressure to marry as a means for satisfying sexual urges.
New types of relationships formed; it was possible for people to live together without marrying and without children. Information about human sexuality grew, and with it an acceptance of all types of sexual orientations is becoming more common. Today, the institution of dating continues to evolve at a rapid rate with new possibilities and choices opening up particularly through online dating. Social rules regarding dating vary considerably according to variables such as country, social class, race, religion, age, sexual orientation and gender.
Behavior patterns are generally unwritten and constantly changing. There are considerable differences between social and personal values. Each culture has particular patterns which determine such choices as whether the man asks the woman out, where people might meet, whether kissing is acceptable on a first date, the substance of conversation, who should pay for meals or entertainment,   or whether splitting expenses is allowed.
Among the Karen people in Burma and Thailand , women are expected to write love poetry and give gifts to win over the man. For example, director Blake Edwards wanted to date singing star Julie Andrews , and he joked in parties about her persona by saying that her "endlessly cheerful governess" image from movies such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music gave her the image of possibly having "lilacs for pubic hair";  Andrews appreciated his humor, sent him lilacs, dated him and later married him, and the couple stayed together for 41 years until his death in While the term dating has many meanings, the most common refers to a trial period in which two people explore whether to take the relationship further towards a more permanent relationship; in this sense, dating refers to the time when people are physically together in public as opposed to the earlier time period in which people are arranging the date, perhaps by corresponding by email or text or phone.
If two unmarried celebrities are seen in public together, they are often described as "dating" which means they were seen in public together, and it is not clear whether they are merely friends, exploring a more intimate relationship, or are romantically involved.
A related sense of the term is when two people have been out in public only a few times but have not yet committed to a relationship; in this sense, dating describes an initial trial period and can be contrasted with "being in a committed relationship". Often physical characteristics, personality, financial status, and other aspects of the involved persons are judged and, as a result, feelings can be hurt and confidence shaken.
Because of the uncertainty of the whole situation, the desire to be acceptable to the other person, and the possibility of rejection, dating can be very stressful for all parties involved.
Some studies have shown that dating tends to be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder. While some of what happens on a date is guided by an understanding of basic, unspoken rules, there is considerable room to experiment, and there are numerous sources of advice available. There are now more than businesses worldwide that offer dating coach services—with almost of those operating in the U. The copulatory gaze, looking lengthily at a new possible partner, brings you straight into a sparring scenario; you will stare for two to three seconds when you first spy each other, then look down or away before bringing your eyes in sync again.
This may be combined with displacement gestures, small repetitive fiddles that signal a desire to speed things up and make contact. When approaching a stranger you want to impress, exude confidence in your stance, even if you're on edge. Pull up to your full height in a subtle chest-thrust pose, which arches your back, puffs out your upper body and pushes out your buttocks.
Roll your shoulders back and down and relax your facial expression. There are numerous ways to meet potential dates, including blind dates, classified ads, dating websites, hobbies, holidays, office romance, social networking, speed dating, and others.
A Pew study in which examined Internet users in long-term relationships including marriage, found that many met by contacts at work or at school. There is a general perception that men and women approach dating differently, hence the reason why advice for each sex varies greatly, particularly when dispensed by popular magazines. For example, it is a common belief that heterosexual men often seek women based on beauty and youth.
All of these are examples of gender stereotypes which plague dating discourse and shape individuals' and societies' expectations of how heterosexual relationships should be navigated. In addition to the detrimental effects of upholding limited views of relationships and sexual and romantic desires, stereotypes also lead to framing social problems in a problematic way. For example, some have noted that educated women in many countries including Italy and Russia , and the United States find it difficult to have a career as well as raise a family, prompting a number of writers to suggest how women should approach dating and how to time their careers and personal life.
The advice comes with the assumption that the work-life balance is inherently a "woman's problem. Accordingly, an issue regarding dating is the subject of career timing which generates controversy. Some views reflect a traditional notion of gender roles. For example, Danielle Crittenden in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us argued that having both a career and family at the same time was taxing and stressful for a woman; as a result, she suggested that women should date in their early twenties with a seriousness of purpose, marry when their relative beauty permitted them to find a reliable partner, have children, then return to work in their early thirties with kids in school; Crittenden acknowledged that splitting a career path with a ten-year baby-raising hiatus posed difficulties.
Columnist Maureen Dowd quoted comedian Bill Maher on the subject of differing dating agendas between men and women: In studies comparing children with heterosexual families and children with homosexual families, there have been no major differences noted; though some claims suggest that kids with homosexual parents end up more well adjusted than their peers with heterosexual parents, purportedly due to the lack of marginalizing gender roles in same-sex families.
It is increasingly common today, however, with new generations and in a growing number of countries, to frame the work-life balance issue as a social problem rather than a gender problem. With the advent of a changing workplace, the increased participation of women in the labor force , an increasing number of men who are picking up their share of parenting and housework,  and more governments and industries committing themselves to achieving gender equality, the question of whether or not, or when to start a family is slowly being recognized as an issue that touches or should touch both genders.
The prospect of love often entails anxiety, sometimes with a fear of commitment  and a fear of intimacy for persons of both sexes.
There's something wonderful, I think, about taking chances on love and sex. Going out on a limb can be roller-coaster scary because none of us want to be rejected or to have our heart broken. But so what if that happens? I, for one, would rather fall flat on my face as I serenade my partner off-key and all in a bikini and a short little pool skirt than sit on the edge of the pool, dipping my toes in silence.
One dating adviser agreed that love is risky, and wrote that "There is truly only one real danger that we must concern ourselves with and that is closing our hearts to the possibility that love exists. What happens in the dating world can reflect larger currents within popular culture. For example, when the book The Rules appeared, it touched off media controversy about how men and women should relate to each other, with different positions taken by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd  and British writer Kira Cochrane of The Guardian.
Since people dating often do not know each other well, there is the risk of violence , including date rape. Sara McCorquodale suggests that women meeting strangers on dates meet initially in busy public places, share details of upcoming dates with friends or family so they know where they'll be and who they'll be with, avoid revealing one's surname or address, and conducting searches on them on the Internet prior to the date.
Don't leave drinks unattended; have an exit plan if things go badly; and ask a friend to call you on your cell phone an hour into the date to ask how it's going. If you explain beautifully, a woman does not look to see whether you are handsome or not -- but listens more, so you can win her heart. That is why I advise our boys to read stories and watch movies more and to learn more beautiful phrases to tell girls.
The Internet is shaping the way new generations date. Facebook , Skype , Whatsapp , and other applications have made remote connections possible. Online dating tools are an alternate way to meet potential dates. Dating customs and habits vary considerably throughout the world. The average duration of courtship before proceeding to engagement or marriage varies considerably throughout the world.
According to one source, there are four ways that marriage can happen among the Nyangatom people: Asia is a mix of traditional approaches with involvement by parents and extended families such as arranged marriages as well as modern dating.
Patterns of dating are changing in China, with increased modernization bumping into traditional ways. One report in China Daily suggests that dating for Chinese university women is "difficult" and "takes work" and steals time away from academic advancement, and places women in a precarious position of having to balance personal success against traditional Chinese relationships. But in China, we study together.
Like other women in my social circle, I have certain demands for a potential mate. He doesn't have to make much more than I do, but he must be doing at least as well as I am, and has to be compatible with me, both morally and spiritually He should also own an apartment instead of us buying one together. Remember what Virginia Wolf [ sic ] said?
Every woman should have a room of her own. The game show If You Are the One , titled after Chinese personal ads, featured provocative contestants making sexual allusions and the show reportedly ran afoul of authorities and had to change its approach.
There are conflicting reports about dating in China's capital city. One account suggests that the dating scene in Beijing is "sad" with particular difficulties for expatriate Chinese women hoping to find romance. Each year, November 11 has become an unofficial holiday  known as China's Singles' Day when singles are encouraged to make an extra effort to find a partner.
In Arabic numerals, the day looks like "", that is, "like four single people standing together", and there was speculation that it originated in the late s when college students celebrated being single with "a little self-mockery"  but a differing explanation dates it back to events in the Roman Empire. There is concern that young people's views of marriage have changed because of economic opportunities, with many choosing deliberately not to get married,  as well as young marrieds who have decided not to have children, or to postpone having them.
Jinguoyuan organized periodic matchmaking events often attended by parents. Chinese-style flirtatiousness is termed sajiao , best described as "to unleash coquettishness" with feminine voice, tender gestures, and girlish protestations.
Romantic love is more difficult during times of financial stress, and economic forces can encourage singles, particularly women, to select a partner primarily on financial considerations. Some men postpone marriage until their financial position is more secure and use wealth to help attract women.
One trend is towards exclusive matchmaking events for the 'rich and powerful'; for example, an annual June event in Wuhan with expensive entry-ticket prices for men 99, RMB lets financially secure men choose so-called bikini brides based on their beauty and education ,  and the financial exclusivity of the event was criticized by the official news outlet China Daily.
A brave lover in Beijing must be prepared to accept a paradigm shift to enjoy the cross-cultural dating experience. There was a report that sexual relations among middle schoolers in Guangzhou sometimes resulted in abortions.
Indian dating is heavily influenced by the custom of arranged marriages which require little dating, although there are strong indications that the institution is undergoing change, and that love marriages are becoming more accepted as India becomes more intertwined with the rest of the world.
In the cities at least, it is becoming more accepted for two people to meet and try to find if there is compatibility. The majority of Indian marriages are arranged by parents and relatives, and one estimate is that 7 of every 10 marriages are arranged. Writer Lavina Melwani described a happy marriage which had been arranged by the bride's father, and noted that during the engagement, the woman was allowed to go out with him before they were married on only one occasion; the couple married and found happiness.
Until recently, Indian marriages had all the trappings of a business transaction involving two deal-making families, a hardboiled matchmaker and a vocal board of shareholders — concerned uncles and aunts. The couple was almost incidental to the deal. They just dressed and showed up for the wedding ceremony.
And after that the onus was on them to adjust to the 1, relatives, get to know each other and make the marriage work. Relationships in which dating is undertaken by two people, who choose their dates without parental involvement and sometimes carry on clandestine get-togethers, has become increasingly common.
When this leads to a wedding, the resulting unions are sometimes called love marriages. There are increasing incidences when couples initiate contact on their own, particularly if they live in a foreign country; in one case, a couple met surreptitiously over a game of cards. Dating websites are gaining ground in India. Writer Rupa Dev preferred websites which emphasized authenticity and screened people before entering their names into their databases, making it a safer environment overall, so that site users can have greater trust that it is safe to date others on the site.
During the interval before marriage, whether it is an arranged or a love marriage, private detectives have been hired to check up on a prospective bride or groom, or to verify claims about a potential spouse made in newspaper advertising, and there are reports that such snooping is increasing.
Transsexuals and eunuchs have begun using Internet dating in some states in India. The practice of dating runs against some religious traditions, and the radical Hindu group Sri Ram Sena threatened to "force unwed couples" to marry, if they were discovered dating on Valentine's Day ; a fundamentalist leader said "drinking and dancing in bars and celebrating this day has nothing to do with Hindu traditions.
Another group, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha , threatened to do the same, for which it was severely mocked online  and on the day after Valentine's Day , had protesters outside its Delhi headquarters, with people mockingly complaining that it did not fulfill its "promise",  with some having come with materials for the wedding rituals. There is a type of courtship called Omiai in which parents hire a matchmaker to give resumes and pictures to potential mates for their approval, leading to a formal meeting with parents and matchmaker attending.
The reasons for dating in Korea are various. Research conducted by Saegye Daily showed that teenagers choose to date for reasons such as "to become more mature," "to gain consultation on worries, or troubles," or "to learn the difference between boys and girls," etc. Present Korean dating shows a changing attitude due to the influence of tradition and modernization.
There are a lot of Confucian ideas and practices that still saturate South Korean culture and daily life as traditional values. It is one of the old teachings of Confucianism  and reveals its inclination toward conservatism.
Most Koreans tend to regard dating as a precursor to marriage. There is no dating agency but the market for marriage agencies are growing continuously. Also, "Mat-sun", the blind date which is usually based on the premise of marriage, is held often among ages of late 20s to 30s. However, the majority still takes getting into a relationship seriously.
Dating in Korea is also considered a necessary activity supported by society. College students in their sophomore to junior year who have not been in a relationship feel anxious that they are falling behind amongst their peers. Most of them try "sogaeting", going out on a blind date, for the first time to get into a relationship.
Dating is a duty that most people feel they must take on to not seem incompetent. Where Are We Going? Dating has also been depicted to be an activity of fun and happiness.
According to a survey by wedding consulting agency, men consider a physical relation as a catalyst of love, otherwise, women regard it as a confirmation of affection. Adding to it, both Marriages and courtship in Pakistan are influenced by traditional cultural practices similar to those elsewhere in the Indian subcontinent as well as Muslim norms and manners.
Illegitimate relationships before marriage are considered a social taboo and social interaction between unmarried men and women is encouraged at a modest and healthy level. Couples are usually wedded through either an arranged marriage or love marriage. Love marriages are those in which the individuals have chosen a partner whom they like by their own choice prior to marriage, and usually occur with the consent of parents and family. What do you do when even you bringing her name up to discuss the issue makes him defensive?
What if he trash talks and complains about you to her? This is crossing boundaries. He is now hiding their continuing communication on purpose because I told him it makes me uncomfortable and asked him to stop it.
We had an argument about it. I feel like the trash talking and the flirting is the biggest betrayal of all. He is not respecting my feelings, and letting her pollute our relationship. So hurt and mad…. I wish I dumped him after the third lament.
Dear Eric, I feel like an idiot. I am in a relationship with a guy for over 14 months. He is nice, kind and caring and loving, but I have one difficult issue with us. When we started, he told me there is a woman in his life, he considers one of his closest friends, with whom he had a short relationship before me and it did not work out but she still has feelings for him.
I got rather insecure so I wanted to know about their friendship. He kept it away from me, and he also told me that he cannot introduce me to her because he has to protect her feelings. In the meantime we threw a birthday party together to which she came he wanted to invite her and I had no strength to say that I do not want it, even though I would have preferred to have met her before. During the birthday party we did not speak and when she was leaving she and him passed me by at the door, completely ignoring me.
I was totally taken aback and quite angry. Later he still did not want to introduce me, and he was hiding from me his contact with her. I got completely frustrated and insecure and in the end, in the weakest moment of the year, when dealing with death of someone dear to me, I checked his email and I found out that he told her that I am insecure about her. In response she gave him advice on how to be nice to me and she asked him about advice on a guy she met.
In response to that he told her that she is a wonderful, sexy fantastic woman, worth of a great relationship. That happened all in email. Then I told him that I checked his email and I know he lied. He was very angry about it, which I understand, but we sort of patched things up and I finally met her. However, here is the big issue. I do not understand their friendship, and I know I do not need to, as it is not my business, but I feel so incredibly insecure about this relationship of his and that drives me to obsession and close to madness.
To clarify, he is also friends with two other exes first girlfriend and also with ex wife , with whom I have no problem whatsoever and do not feel the jealousy or insecurity about them. He was open about them to me from the start and I have a good relationship with his ex wife and I know his first girlfriend. I do not want to control his relationship with the woman I am jealous about but I do not know how to handle this anymore.
Thanks for the great article. Should I still take the approach you gave in the article and just accept the friendship and deal with my concerns on my own or is this a deal breaker? I have a hard time not seeing the relationship as another tie to the infidelity which makes it hard for me to leave it in the past.
Hi Eric, thank you for this article, food for thought. I found it by searching for information about why my partner would still be contacting his ex. I discovered it by accident and know that he still had feelings for her. But through all this, he has still been the most loving, attentive and thoughtful partner towards me and we have a great relationship. However, I am really anxious about why they are in contact again, especially as things have slowly progressed in our relationship.
We have recently spoken again about my feelings regarding this situation and he totally empathises with how I feel. It might be purely innocent; she lives in the village where he used to live, they were neighbours and he still does work around the village so is bound to bump into her. I am hoping you can also give me clarity in my situation. If you want to respond to me directly to my email address, that is fine since this is a long message.
My boyfriend exclusive and his ex-have been friends since childhood. They were in a 5 year relationship that ended before he met me.
He explained to her that they could only be friends and nothing more. I entered the picture shortly after. He told me they were still friends and still kept in touch. He assured me that it was just friendship and nothing more. He has told her he is involved with someone else. At the time she was hoping to rekindle the relationship he told me this , but he told her he was not interested. Even though I was uncomfortable with their continued friendship, I admit it made me uncomfortable.
As my feelings for him grew deeper, it seemed to bother me even more. His friendships are important to him and she is one of his few lifelong friends. So I tried to get a handle on my problem with it. As you said, it is my problem not his. Well I did the unthinkable. No, I did not seek it out to search for anything.
It was perfectly innocent. I saw the number of texts they had exchanged and it shocked me. After seeing that, yes I read through them and yes I am ashamed. I have never done that before in any relationship, even in one when I had every reason to believe the guy was being unfaithful. Anyway, I saw the frequency of the texts and it hurt me. But then what hurt me even more than anything was I saw a few sexual texts.
If they were only friends, then why are the texts of a sexual nature? It was a few sentences, but there it was. I called him on it, however I did not tell him I read the messages. He did say that she made a comment about being horny but he just told her she needed to do something about that and laughed it off. I told him that it was disrespectful to me and the relationship.
The fact that he did exchange sexual texts with her even if it meant nothing to him AND lied to my face about doing it multiple times, hurt me deeply and still does hurt to this day. I gave him an out. I told him if he still wanted to be with her he should go be with her. I will not stand in his way nor will I be the other woman. I heard him, but because he continued to lie to me, I found it hard to believe him. Did I want to end this relationship that was otherwise wonderful because of this?
I had to make that decision. Because of this, I wanted to see if he was still lying to me. I checked his messages again. This time it was intentional. I looked and there again a little more than a month later they were sexting again. Still a sentence or two, but it was still sexting.
The first time it was at the end of July, the second time it was at the end of September. I felt like she did it deliberately to see if he cared about me as much as he said he did. Eric, I was crushed. What does this mean? He knows how I feel about it and he still did it again. He has said that in past relationships when things have gone bad that if he has cheated he will lie about it unless he is caught red handed. He tells me this is a great relationship and he is very happy.
So if he is happy, and it means nothing to him, why do it? I was trying very hard to accept that they are still friends, but knowing that every so often their conversations turn to a sexual nature how I am supposed to deal with that?
Eric, I really need to understand the reason behind this behavior. We have talked about marriage but I need to resolve this before that can ever happen. No, I still have not told him I saw those text messages. I know you said in your article that people will do what they want to do.
I feel as you did, like a fool. What are your thoughts? But I am interested in what is driving this behavior since he tells me he is very happy in our relationship. I would really like his input on both of our situations.
Why would he delete the convo now? Something had to make him discover the convo. He would tell her that he wanted to see her one more time, that he wanted to kiss her. He would say that he wanted to leave me yet he never did.
She would tell him hat she still felt something for him and he would say that he still wanted her to be a part of his life. She got married already but I think she cheated on her now husband because that same month that she got married she was still talking to my boyfriend.
This is so hard because I love him and has showed me that he feels the same towards me. He never does that to me. He stopped talking to her. He said to leave all of that in the past. This last response by Tommy made more sense than the Original writer Eric himself. Tommy is kind and compassionate and he is not even saying it is another persons issues,not his. I think if he wrote this article, that would be more wholesome and well rounded.
Though eric made some good points like- a person will do whatever they want to do anyway, so no reason trying to control them. But at the same time Eric comes from that clan of men who are also in need of some kind of validation from women who were in his past. Because I do know many men who do not want to keep in touch with their exes because they are in a serious, committed relationship and though they would never wish anything bad on their exes, they find it unnecessary distraction to have any other friends of the opposite sex in their life.
But men like Eric do exist, and very commonly. They make you feel like you are wrong to want that special attention only to you, and when they are at the receiving end of such relationship, they solve the problem by ending it.
What does that say about them? What can I say? No deriving of validation on my side or theirs. You imply all sorts of motivations about why I say what I said instead of reading what I wrote. And not from a point of insecurity, but a point of confidence. Being on good terms with an ex is one thing, keeping them in your life tangential to a budding relationship is another.
After a breakup, 90 days of no contact. That is healthy;you may be depressed from the loss, but needing to end the relationship may be perfectly healthy. People who break up often confuse ending a bad relationship with neediness for the actual ex. Moreover, every person in a new relationship deserves to feel like they are the only ones…that is a healthy boundary, imo. I think it is a good thing for exes to wish each other well, keep in touch over major life events, but I have to be honest, a self-respecting woman wants only that.
No, I hang out with her outside of you, we talk all the time…that is b. When you are truly over someone, you can care about them as a person, and yet not make them a part of your regular routine. I am so sick of people saying that asking for no or minimal contact with an ex is insecurity.
It is actually about self-respect. I would never pursue a man whose ex was in the picture somehow, not because of low self esteem, but just knowing I could do way better. When you are in a relationship, you deserve to be the only one of the opposite sex that is needed, confided in, unless it is a friend only and never an ex. I agree that for the most part , going 90 days without talking to an ex after a break up is a good idea for most people. There are times where people break up and then become great friends afterwards.
I have that in my life, so do plenty of others. It has put a wedge in our relationship. I feel that what she is doing is disrespectful and feel resentment towards him for not having the courage to tell her to back off. Well my fella who has been divorced over 12 months now, says he wants to remain friends with his ex-wife. They both have been married before and they have no children. To me thats not helping her to move on and I think its cruel. Its not helping me either as he is always bringing up her name.
Up date…Well I have had a terrible 2 months. So I was so angry and told him what I thought because he has known me for a long time. A few days later I was apologizing but he was been very hard on me and this went on for a few weeks. Any how we decided to meet up and see where we are. So we decided to have 2 weeks break to see if it makes us want to be closer.
Met him and he said what he has to say I may walk out…yeah he has moved back with his ex, sleeping and having sex I was told and months before all this he has been in touch with her. I just sat and looked at him.
But then was saying he wants to be with me and he would be happy to move in with me.. Oh feel all mixed up, hurt and there is nothing I can do. I do have a choices dump him or try and see if I can get him to come. But why go back to her and should I forgive him?
Well he moved in with me. The first month was ok difficult fitting in with my mother mainly on his part. I was then having a gut feeling he was up to something…found out he had been seeing his ex wife and she kept saying come back, its better here than there.
He told me he wont be going to his ex.. Today he phoned me and honestly I never felt comfortable just by some of the things he said to me.. Third he telling me how his ex criticises his driving like she was nagging the last one was about facebook. His sister put her self on facebook invited me and later invited his ex. He was telling me how and what he was telling her..
I told him I was not interested in what he and she say to each other.. I never contacted him or called him back. This article helped me to stop and think of what i was actually putting myself into; i was creating madness. I could have done something horrible and make my significant other feel indifferent because of my jealousy. Even when i have no worries, because he has told me many times that he chose ME.
We are almost a year and he has never hurt me or give me reason to distrust him. So while creating this madness, i could have wrecked everything we built. This piece was something i needed to read. Hi can I ask a question please and someone please do read it and give me a answer back I really need to know!!
I was starting a 3 year uni course and we spent an amazing summer together spoke all night he was all I ever wanted and needed in a person except I did have Babbage from my past but he made me see what caring for somone really is and how it should be, he made me a better person. This is where my issues starts, he told me about his ex that after two years cheated on him whilst drunk and got a kid with another man. Two years later she comes back they have sex and then he tells her to go away because he thought she was a bitch basically.
Consider all this stuff apparently happened 8 years ago from when I met him so he said. I immediately started crying after that I was pregnant and he calmed me down and said not to worry i was so angry he managed to convince me after what I had been through, I literally wanted to kill myself I felt like killing myself out of anger, I was so traumatised.
So in a span of 5 months from the first one I eneded up again pregnant, the 2nd confirming it was infact his shocked in disbelieve I could get into this situation when I was fighting with him and refusing him till he went to the doctors. This time I wanted to keep my baby.
So I excepted that it was a crazy mistake and what happened to me was somthing bad, we worked through. So I let the first go but what about the second I wanted our baby.
I was scared and wish I had more faith in myself. It makes me cry how much he tried. I was just stressed out with a medical issue. I can not rap my mind around this also he cut me out of his life completely and thinks of me as shit. He started with her a few weeks after he left. My bf wanted an open relationship and recently told me he was going to resume having a romantic relationship with his ex wife.
Since, she is practically his anyways. He says he still wants to build with me and will just split his time between the two of us. I can date, but I have to ask permission to be intimate with someone else. I have a similar situation. My boyfriend and I have been dating for a little over a year.
He and his ex have been separated for 3 years they were never married. Yet her car is still in his name and she still uses his bank account. They still own property together, which I understand having to deal with each other over until it is sold, however, the bank account and the car I do not understand. He tells me he does not understand why it bothers me. Perhaps my fears are similar to the ones stated above by the author that are common among women.
But whatever the reason, I think the appropriate thing would be to disconnect their lives as much as possible and move on. So who thinks all bets are off when they secretly talk to their ex… Repeatedly? We had several problems but they were stemmed from his relentless need to have her in his life… How much is too much??
When things I guess started to seem they were going somewhere he was still talking to his ex all the time! Even when we met he was even still seeing her!
But stupid me I took him back he told me he would change his number and that would be it. Just found out that he ended up giving her his number and was still talking to her behind my back! And blame me of crouse that it was my fault that he contacted her ugh guys are pricks it was really a nightmare with this guy the whole time I had been off and on.
He talks to all is ex girlfriends all the time. Nice guys ruin relationships. Good men gentlemen build foundations. I have a bit of a similar type of situation. The person I am with has kids with his ex. They have been divorced for about 2 yrs and separated for about 4 all together. They have had times where they hate each other then times they get along. He knew I was sitting right there. I just kinda looked at him and shooked my head and told him not to say it again.
I felt so disrespected. Ok, I understand that, he has children with this person. But I got upset. Is it ok to just say it? Or am I overreacting? But hearing him say that to her, I felt so disrespected. Your boyfriend is torn being pleasing the mother of his children he probably has little choice and his love for you.
Men are mold-able, so you should talk to him in a way that builds him up. This is an old article but I wanted to hedge my bets on receiving a response. What do I do if my boyfriend keeps in contact with a good friend of several years but they would sleep together and do very dirty things quite often sending nude photos, messaging about sex, etc.
She only reaches out to him when she feels lonely. They are Facebook friends and that is the only reason she knows of our relationship as he never brings us up in conversation. Their relationship is purely text messaging maybe every other week or once a month but when she sends him message he is extremely quick to reply unlike his other friends who are girls who might not reply to for a few days or weeks.
My Ex and I broke up 2 years ago he broke up with me and have remained good friends for the past year. It took about a year to get through the breakup.
We have recently been hanging out a bit more than usual…. Last week he took me to lunch for my birthday and to catch up. I asked what was happening in his life over the past month and all he mentioned was that he was working a lot. Let me get back to you after the dust has settled. Now that I think about it, had plenty of opportunities to tell me he was dating someone. Anyway, I would love to get back with him and have been playing it cool this past year as he dated other women. Is there anything different I can do?
Imsges: dating an ex friends ex husband
My boyfriend's rude, selfish family are trying to sideline me.
Crystal This article helped me to stop and think of what i was actually putting myself into; i was creating madness. So the question is if I believe him.
Thanks for your time and sorry it went so long…. I asked to meet up with him to talk about it in person but he said that he never wanted to see me again. Frkends approaching a stranger you want to impress, exude confidence in your stance, even if you're on edge. Truthfully, I wanted to tell you to never contact him again. College students in their sophomore to junior year who have not been in a relationship feel anxious that they are falling behind amongst their peers. Does he wants to be my friend only for dating an ex friends ex husband sake?
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